Gary Schottle, father of SOTX athlete and Global Messenger Derek “Tank” Schottle, was selected as the winner of this week’s Best Shot photo contest for this image submitted for “Best Smile”. As you can imagine, the buzz has been all about that smile! Thanks to Gary and the Arc of Fort Bend County, we have been able to learn more about athlete Chance Geary, who is the featured athlete showing us those pearly whites.
August 5, 2016
On Thursday, July 21, Texas Roadhouse restaurants across the Lone Star state are participating in Tip A Cop Night, a Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising event for Special Olympics Texas. During the dinner shift (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at most locations), local officers from all across the state will exchange uniforms for aprons and will serve tables for tips, which all will be donated to SOTX at the end of the dinner shift.
See the list of participating locations
July 15, 2016
The 2016 FC Dallas/Special Olympics Texas Unified Soccer team opened its season on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 win over Sporting Kansas City/Special Olympics Kansas & Missouri at Children’s Mercy Park. A pair of goals from Doug Sullivan and one from Alyssa D’Aloise led the squad to an impressive victory.
June 20, 2016
SOTX has made Luke Potts become more confident and social, helping him and his family overcome the daily challenges they face with his Autism.
May 18, 2016
Heart of Texas Area Special Olympic Texas athletes were invited to run in a special 100-meter race prior to the finals of the Michael Johnson Classic at Baylor University.
May 10, 2016
At two months old, doctors confirmed that Chantesia Steen was deaf. After getting cochlear implants at age 4 and then moving from Mississippi to Texas, Chantesia found her way into Special Olympics when she was 9 years old. Ten years later, she will compete in her first area competition in the pentathlon and team relay at Area 20's Spring Games on Saturday..
May 5, 2016
Rudy De La Cruz, 14, became involved with SOTX as an elementary student. He continues to participate in bowling and track and field now as an eighth-grader at Lamar Bruni Versana Middle School.
May 4, 2016
Ogonnaya Achinivu, a 12-year-old from Lubbock, TX became involved with SOTX in 2014 through a program at Mackenzie Middle School. She participates in bocce, roller-skating, and her two favorite sports, bowling and basketball.
April 28, 2016
Twelve- year- old Ricardo Garcia is a sixth grade student at Lamar Bruni Vergara Middle School in Laredo, Texas. He participates in bowling and track and field with SOTX.
April 25, 2016
We’re sure you’ve heard the big news: Harriet Tubman, the leader of the historic Underground Railroad, will be featured on the new U.S. $20 bill, replacing Alexander Hamilton. But did you know that Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver was featured on U.S. currency as well?
April 21, 2016
Austin is an enthusiastic young man and athlete. He says that his favorite thing about SOTX is making new friends and giving everyone high fives at the end of practice. With all of the friends and high fives, participating in SOTX has been an awesome experience for Austin. He was taught to always do his best, be happy and have fun.
April 19, 2016
Carley Fisk began competing with SOTX in 2013 when her school introduced it to her and is already very involved, as she participates in bowling, basketball, cycling, track and field, soccer, and aquatics. Through her first two years, she has built a collection of gold medals from Aquatics meets.
April 11, 2016
As many know, Special Olympics events don’t happen without the support of the volunteers. Each year, new volunteers get their first taste of one of these competitions. For some it will be a one-time ordeal and for a few others it will be an annual tradition. For Fort Worth’s Paul Brockway it became a part of life 47 years ago.
April 6, 2016
San Antonio's Damian Perry has been playing basketball and bowling with Special Olympics Texas since 2014. He is a courageous young individual who claims the best advice he was given is to always try new things. Damian loves that SOTX has given him the opportunity to play sports and he is excited for his future as a SOTX competitor.
April 5, 2016
Brenda Alvarez, 17, became involved with Special Olympics Texas years ago when she was in elementary school and is still an active participant as a junior at LBJ High School in the Laredo area.
She participates in bowling and track and field, with a particular interest in track and field.
March 31, 2016
Alex Miller, 26, has competed in everything through Special Olympics Texas, from bowling, to aquatics, soccer, basketball, figure skating, golf, tennis, and most recently, powerlifting over the past 20 years. Austin Fit Magazine introduces you to Alex and tells the life in a day story of a SOTX athlete.
March 28, 2016
Heather Handley hit the ground running with Special Olympics Texas 10 years ago when her high school coach introduced the program to her. Now at 24 years old, she is still going strong with the Amarillo Golfers.
March 24, 2016
On Tuesday afternoon, student leaders from the HALO (Helping Adolescents Lead Others) program partnered with Special Olympics Texas athletes from the Marbridge Foundation to launch HALO's "Breaking Down Barriers" campaign.
March 23, 2016
Earlier this week, Engel & Völkers professionals in the United States, Mexico and Canada convened in Dallas for the real estate organization's largest annual event in North America, the Exchange. The four-day- long conference featured the best of the business coming together to exchange ideas and experiences. On Wednesday, one of the individuals invited to enlighten the staff by sharing the story of her own experiences was Special Olympics Texas athlete and Global Messenger Stacey Johnson.
March 10, 2016
Last week, 35 SOTX athletes from the Greater Dallas Area were invited to the American Airlines Center for an exciting experience, held by the Harlem Globetrotters ahead of their games this past weekend in Dallas.
February 1, 2016
Area 4’s Kristen Rauch was one of 32 athletes from around the country, who got the chance to travel to Charlottesville, Va. for the Special Olympics Xperience Tennis Invitational. The annual three-day event for elite Special Olympics athletes (Level 6 and higher) was held Jan. 14-17 at the Boar's Head Sports Club. Participants competed in a round-robin tournament, University of Virginia tennis clinic and community doubles play.
January 22, 2016
The Houston Astros, the Astros Foundation & Community Partners in conjunction with the Houston Astros’ Urban Academy- led by Darrell Wade and his staff - provided an afternoon of Softball\Baseball skills building on the field of Minute Maid Park. Athletes and coaches were treated to this afternoon as part of the Astros' week-long celebration on Caravan Week, kicking off the 2016 season.
January 21, 2016
Dylan has been participating with Special Olympics Texas for the last five years with the Round Rock ISD Roadrunners. He competes in bowling, basketball, soccer and track & field. Recently, he was featured in the monthly Round Rock ISD Roadrunners' newsletter, "The Bird Word". Get to know him in the latest SOTX Athlete Profile!
January 21, 2016
One of the highlights of 2015 for Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) occurred this July. SOTX sent 14 athletes, four head coaches, two coaches, a Unified Partner and a technical delegate from all across the Lone Star State to compete as part of Special Olympics USA in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, Calif. While each and every one of our participants returned home with stories full of success and happiness, here’s one that stands out…
December 30, 2015
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus held a holiday dinner for several of our young athletes in Areas 10 & 11 and made a generous contribution to the SOTX Young Athletes Program on Monday, Dec. 21.
December 22, 2015
Unified Success Stories: School Spirit, Service, Literacy, and Theatre in the December newsletter.
December 16, 2015
LatinWorks, the award-winning, full-service cultural branding firm has been selected as the creative agency for Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) Capital Campaign. The latest project, done pro bono by LatinWorks, features two videos in which SOTX athletes are striving to complete their competition, but can only do so with the help of their supporters. The campaign, which will coincide with the organization’s End of Year Campaign, launched on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and will run until Friday, Jan. 15.
December 8, 2015
Today, Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) proudly joins the world in on celebrating the 24th annual United Nations' International Day of People with Disabilities. As the world carries out its celebration of this special day, it will promote the theme of "Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of All Abilities.”
December 3, 2015
Sammons Corpoartion presented Special Olympics Texas - Greater Dallas Area (Area 10) a check for $56,000. The gift from Sammons Corporation qualifies the organization as Area 10's presenting sponsor and Law Enforcement Torch Run partner.
November 23, 2015
Twenty-eight Rouse High School varsity and junior varsity boys’ basketball players, led by their head coaches Shane Krause and Robert Sainz, led 28 athletes of the Leander Lazers SOTX team in a basketball skills clinic on November 14.
November 19, 2015
Success stories, a recap of school events, competitions and random acts of inclusion in the latest newsletter.
November 18, 2015
Dueitt Middle School students, staff and administrators filmed a video about its Meet in the Middle program.They invited other campuses within Spring ISD to join them for Unified Sports activities and talk about Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Special Olympics. The Spring ISD IT/AV department assisted with editing, so it was a complete district effort. Dueitt has been involved in Meet in the Middle since the very beginning, led by Mary Carvell. Spring ISD has been extremely supportive of the program
October 23, 2015
Over the weekend, 21 athletes and eight Unified Partners represented the state of Texas at the 2015 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship, played at Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
September 14, 2015
On Thursday afternoon, members of the Special Olympics USA women's basketball team were treated to a special tour of the Hatco, Inc. facility in Garland.
September 4, 2015