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November 29, 2016
Clara Edwards’ serendipitous encounter with an SOTX practice led to 25 years as a coach
October 6, 2016
From Sept. 30- Oct. 2, 16 SOTX golfers and nine Unified Partners from the Greater Dallas area represented the state of Texas at the 2016 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
September 29, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced its statewide 2016 Volunteer Awards on Thursday. Among the five recipients, Sgt. Jason James of the Bryan Police Department has been dubbed the organization’s Outstanding Volunteer for Fundraising for 2016.
September 29, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced the winners of its statewide 2016 Volunteer Awards on Thursday afternoon. Among the five recipients of these awards, Area 10's Jim Domer (Lewisville) has been named the Unified Partner of the Year.
September 29, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has officially announced the winners of its statewide 2016 Volunteer Awards. Among the five recipients of these awards, Area 10's Rob, Lori, Ryan and Kyle Mehnert have been tabbed the organization's Family of the Year honor.
September 29, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced its statewide 2016 Volunteer Awards on Thursday afternoon. Among the five recipients, Laurie Martin (Saint Jo) has been named the Trainer of the Year.
September 29, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has officially announced the winners of its statewide 2016 Volunteer Awards. Among the five recipients of these awards, Area 10's Renae Carswell (Lewisville) has been named the organization's Volunteer of the Year.
September 28, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has officially announced the winners of its statewide 2016 Outstanding Service awards on Wednesday. Among the four recipients of this award, KSAT-12 sports director Greg Simmons was recognized for Outstanding Service from a Community Leader
September 28, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has officially announced the winners of its statewide 2016 Outstanding Service awards. Among the four recipients to receive the honor, FC Dallas was recognized for Outstanding Service from a Business-Corporation.
September 28, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced the winners of its statewide 2016 Outstanding Service awards on Wednesday. Among the four recipients of this award, the Houston Bar Association (HBA) was recognized for Outstanding Service from a Civic-Service Organization.
September 28, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has officially announced the winners of its statewide 2016 Outstanding Service awards on Wednesday. Among the four recipients of this award, San Antonio’s Gwenda Taggart was recognized with the Outstanding Service for Outreach award.
September 27, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has officially announced its statewide Athletes and Coach of the Year for 2016. Among the five recipients, Kylie Tyson (Canyon), has been named the Female Athlete of the Year for the 15-21 age range.
September 27, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has officially announced its statewide Athletes and Coach of the Year for 2016. Among the five recipients, Kyle Eddlemon (Missouri City), has been named the Male Athlete of the Year for the 22+ age group.
September 27, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced its statewide Coach and Athletes of the Year for 2016 on Tuesday. Among the five honorees named, Clara Edwards (Monahans) has been named the organization’s Coach of the Year.
September 27, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has officially announced its statewide Athletes and Coach of the Year for 2016. Among the five recipients, Julia Kilgore (Wichita Falls), has been named the Female Athlete of the Year for the 22+ age group.
September 27, 2016
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has officially announced its statewide Athletes and Coach of the Year for 2016. Among the five recipients, Brendan West (Pasadena), has been named the Male Athlete of the Year for the 15-21 age range.
September 7, 2016
For the first time in nearly 10 years, Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes in the South Plains Area will have the chance to swim for a gold medal in an area-wide Aquatics competition on Saturday, Sept. 10. The competition is being hosted by Southwest Aqua Sports (3909 N Frankford Ave), Lubbock’s largest swimming and scuba diving facility, which recently opened in July. Events will run from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
August 29, 2016
Robin Reeves¸ who is a member of SOTX’s Family Support Network and serves as the Area 14 Family committee chair, was selected as the winner of last week’s Best Shot photo contest for the image (pictured right) submitted for “Best Unified” photo.
August 5, 2016
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.
July 15, 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
June 20, 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.
May 18, 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 10, 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 5, 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 4, 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.
April 28, 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 25, 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 21, 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 19, 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 11, 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 6, 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 5, 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.
March 31, 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 28, 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 24, 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 23, 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 10, 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.
February 1, 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.
January 22, 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 21, 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!
December 30, 2015
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 22, 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 16, 2015
Unified Success Stories: School Spirit, Service, Literacy, and Theatre in the December newsletter.
December 8, 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 3, 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.”
November 23, 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 19, 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 18, 2015
Success stories, a recap of school events, competitions and random acts of inclusion in the latest newsletter.
October 23, 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
September 14, 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 4, 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.
August 20, 2015
Last weekend, Greater Houston and Heart of East Texas--area Special Olympics Texas athletes were recognized by a pair of local professional sports teams in the city. On Friday, Aug. 14, the Houston Astros invited 1,800 SOTX athletes to its game against the Detroit Tigers. A night later, members of the 2014 Team Texas Flag Football team were treated to a gameday experience of a lifetime by the Houston Texans.
August 18, 2015
Matt Hernandez’ big day may have come a couple of weeks ago when he captured a silver medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles but the 22-year-old proved to be the toast of the town when city officials and a crowd of enthusiastic well-wishers gathered to honor him during Monday’s city council meeting.
August 17, 2015
The FC Dallas/Special Olympics Texas Unified soccer team dropped a tough, 3-2 decision against the Los Angeles Galaxy/Special Olympics Southern California Unified soccer team on Saturday night in Frisco, Texas.
August 10, 2015
At the conclusion of the Games, Linsey and his mother were publically recognized during the Closing Ceremony as the Most Dedicated Guest Services Attendants at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.Linsey and his mother walked the red carpet and were presented with flowers on stage.
August 7, 2015
During the week of July 27, SOTX Area 13 athletes Sydney Weigand, Haley McDaniel and Heather Alderete were profiled by 'Amy Poehler's Smart Girls'. All talked about how Special Olympics has impacted their life. Check out each of their personal stories.
August 4, 2015
On Monday, Schottle attended his first-ever Houston Texans' open training camp. He knew he would have the opportunity to see J.J. Watt -- his favorite player -- practice in person, but what happened at the end of practice is something that he never imagined.
August 3, 2015
Ashley Billard, Matt Hernandez and the Richardson Roadrunners women's basketball team returned home from World Games in Los Angeles with medals. Robert Lord and Jessie Kuykendall also came back to Texas with hard-earned ribbons in sailing.
July 26, 2015
As Special Olympics Texas, along with all disabled Americans across the country celebrate the 25-year anniversary of a groundbreaking bill being signed into law today, 6500 Special Olympics athletes get ready to begin competition at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
July 24, 2015
Make plans to tune in to watch the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games LIVE on July 25 at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN, and then keep watching coverage every day during the World Games!
July 23, 2015
On Thursday, July 23, 44 Texas Roadhouse locations in the State of Texas are participating in Tip-A-Cop Night, a Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising event for Special Olympics Texas. Local officers 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.
July 22, 2015
Leigh Anne Landrum and the Special Olympics USA women’s basketball team open play at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles later this week. Before getting on her flight to L.A. on Tuesday morning, she took the time to tell us a little bit about herself.
July 21, 2015
MLS WORKS is hosting a Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star soccer match on July 28 in conjunction with the AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Athlete Roy Bayona and Unified partner Elli Brunts will be traveling with Coach Kyle Schroder to the All-Star Game. They will play on July 28 at 6:00 p.m. (CT) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colo.
July 21, 2015
Thanks to all the sponsors, golf teams and dedicated volunteers who joined us July 17 at Underwood Golf Complex!
July 21, 2015
Litton will compete at World Games as a Unified Partner with the Special Olympics USA Sailing team. She is looking forward to watching the athletes overcome personal difficulties and grow in confidence.
July 21, 2015
Leanne Owens is one of 16 athletes from the state of Texas who left this morning for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Owens is a member of the Special Olympics USA basketball squad, which is comprised of the entire Richardson Roadrunners women’s basketball team. Owens’ mother, Bettina, is also a member of the team, as an assistant coach.
July 20, 2015
Kim Vo will be playing basketball at World Games for Special Olympics USA in Los Angeles beginning later this week.
July 20, 2015
Special Olympics has afforded Kristen Lyons so many opportunities, including one that awaits. On Tuesday morning, Lyons and her Richardson Roadrunners team will make their way to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, where they will represent the entire U.S. in women’s basketball.
July 19, 2015
Carissa Younkin is a member of the Special Olympics USA Women’s Basketball team and she's getting ready to make her way to Los Angeles for the 2015 World Games.
July 19, 2015
Special Olympics has given Jenny Hall the confidence to try new activities willingly. Her involvement has given her a huge sense of pride. She has made wonderful friends and visited places she never could have imagined. When she goes to World Games in less than a week with the Special Olympics USA Women’s Basketball team, she will be able to add Los Angeles to her list of places and names of many more new friends.
July 18, 2015
Through going to compete as a member on the Special Olympics USA women’s basketball team, Kim Terry will have the opportunity to make even more friends and learn about various cultures of other countries that her and her teammates will play against.
July 18, 2015
Kara Plumbeck says, “Attending World Games is a chance of a lifetime.” Next week, she will go to Los Angeles as a member of the Special Olympics USA women’s basketball team, a year after bringing home a pair of gold medals in Aquatics from the Special Olympics USA Games, held in New Jersey.
July 17, 2015
Steve Scobee has a profound affinity for coaching. Nineteen years after becoming a Special Olympics Texas coach, Scobee has reached the pinnacle of his Special Olympics coaching career, as he and his Richardson Roadrunners will go to Los Angeles to compete at Special Olympics USA at World Games.
July 17, 2015
In just a few days, Andrea Stewart will embark on one of her most memorable moments as a Special Olympics athlete, as she will go to Los Angeles with her fellow Richardson Roadrunner women’s basketball teammates to compete for Special Olympics USA at World Games.
July 16, 2015
The reigning Special Olympics Texas Volunteer of the Year will conquer another Special Olympics milestone next week. Area 10’s (Greater Dallas Area) Marti Bishop will make her way to Los Angeles for her first-ever World Games competition, as an assistant coach for the Special Olympics USA Women’s Basketball team.
July 15, 2015
Following a couple trips to World Games as a parent, Bettina Owens is gearing up for her first Special Olympics World Games as a coach. Her and Marti Bishop will be assisting Steve Scobee with the coaching duties for the Special Olympics USA Women’s Basketball team.
July 15, 2015
Sara Hencke of Cleburne, Texas will be making her first-ever trip to a Special Olympics World Games. When the Games get underway in Los Angeles in just a week and half from now, Hencke will be serving as the head coach of Special Olympics USA’s Cycling team.
July 14, 2015
Now in his 26th year with Special Olympics Texas, Houston’s Jack Yoes will be making his third trip to a Special Olympics World Games. As a Technical Delegate for the 2015 Sailing competition in Los Angeles, he will work to ensure that the competition is a world-class event.
July 14, 2015
Alan Hirshman began coaching with Special Olympics shortly after his son, Steven, got involved as an athlete about 20 years ago. For the last 10 years, Alan and Steven play golf together, a sport Alan has become very active in with Special Olympics Texas. After a pair of USA Games and one World Games appearance (2011) as a coach, Hirshman is heading to Los Angeles to serve as the head coach of Special Olympics USA’s Golf team at World Games.
July 13, 2015
For nearly 25 years, Bruce Litton has been dedicated to the sport of Kayaking. Over that time, he has been very involved in the sport as a participant and as an instructor. However, it wasn’t until 2008 that Litton gotten involved in the sport with Special Olympics.
July 12, 2015
Twenty-seven years after getting involved as a Special Olympics athlete, Jessie Kuykendall, 35, is headed to her first World Games. Since joining the Space Rockets sailing team three years ago, Kuykendall has loved every minute of it. The joy she has found through sailing has landed her on this summer's Special Olympics USA Sailing team.
July 11, 2015
After competing as a Unified Partner in Sailing at World Games in 2003 and 2007, Steve Comen is making his third appearance on an international stage, but this time in a different capacity. Comen will be serving as the assistant coach for Special Olympics USA’s Sailing team.
July 10, 2015
Bobby Lord, 34, is no stranger to the Special Olympics World Games. Later this month, the Webster, Texas native will make a third-consecutive appearance as a member of Special Olympics USA on the Summer roster.
July 9, 2015
When Houston’s Ashley Billard, 29, heads to Los Angeles to compete in Track at World Games this summer, it will mark the second time she is representing her country.
July 8, 2015
A year after serving as the assistant Golf coach for Team Texas in New Jersey at Special Olympics USA Games, Casey Dickerson will serve in the same role, but on a much larger stage in Los Angeles at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games
July 7, 2015
Matthew got involved with Special Olympics Texas when he was 13 years old and has been has been kayaking since 2010. He was asked to compete in the World Games in Greece in 2010, but did not accept because his kayaking teammate was not eligible to go. This will be the first World Games.
June 22, 2015
IT’S FINALLY HERE! After months of anticipation, the Unified Relay Across America, presented by Bank of America, made its way into the Lone Star state on Friday afternoon. Since entering Texas at Port Arthur, the Flame of Hope has already made its way through Beaumont, Houston, Pasadena, Katy, San Antonio and will reach Austin later Monday afternoon. Three torches are simultaneously making their way across the U.S. right now! All three started on the East Coast on May 26 and will end up in Los Angeles, where they will unite to light the cauldron for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The Southern Route, which Texas is a part of, began in Miami.
June 19, 2015
About two weeks ago, news broke that 18 SOTX athletes and Unified Partners were named to the FC Dallas Special Olympics Texas team after successfully completing a tryout. To make things official, the newest members were presented with authentic game uniforms before club president Dan Hunt held a press conference at Toyota Stadium on Thursday, June 18, to introduce each of them to the public and sign them to contracts.
June 16, 2015
Neil Stortz got the chance of a lifetime on Monday night. To recognize CITGO’s official fuel sponsorship for Special Olympics’ Unified Relay Across America, he was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Minute Maid Park before the first-place Houston Astros hosted the Colorado Rockies for the opening game of a three-game series.
June 15, 2015
This morning on ABC's Good Morning America, O.A.R. debuted its latest single, "Reach Up", an exclusively written uplifting anthem for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Beginning today and leading up to the Games, you can support Special Olympics athletes – just by sharing the “Reach Up” video! For every “Reach Up” video shared using the #ReachUp hashtag, Coca-Cola will donate one dollar (up to $100,000) to the Special Olympics.
June 11, 2015
Congratulations to Ben Milam Elementary School in Dallas for raising a grand total of $644.87 during its school-wide Penny Drive this spring! Over and over again, Ben Milam Elementary has proven to be a proud supporter of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and Special Olympics Texas.
June 9, 2015
After several put out their hardest effort at a tryout a few weeks ago, selections for the 2015-16 FC Dallas Special Olympics Texas Unified Exchange team was announced.
June 8, 2015
On Monday morning, the Special Olympics Texas Chapter and Area 13 staff moved into their brand new office spaces at The Christi Stanley Building, located at 1804 Rutherford Lane in Austin.
May 24, 2015
The 46th Special Olympics Texas Summer Games, presented by TD Ameritrade and the Knights of Columbus, concluded on Sunday afternoon for nearly 3,000 athletes. Despite rain that fell for a majority of the weekend, this year’s Games were one of the most memorable.
May 24, 2015
Yes, we need athletes, coaches, volunteers, fans and sponsors...but there's also a lot of equipment that makes the magic happen--tents, water coolers, awards stands, chairs, you name it, we need it. And it's all put in place by members of our Equipment Team, which is made up of SOTX staff and volunteers.
May 23, 2015
Durham Transportation Services moves our teams from venue to venue each year during Summer Games. Without them, Games would literally come to a standstill.
May 22, 2015
We love our volunteers almost as much as we love our athletes. Without our volunteers, our competitions would not be possible.
May 18, 2015
Special Olympics Texas' 2015 Summer Games are just days away! Every year, everyone looks forward to the event where the Games are officially declared underway - the Opening Ceremony. That will take place on Friday night at Maverick Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Games are ceremoniously declared open once the four regional torches, carrying the Flame of Hope, ignite the cauldron. This year's lighting will be extra exciting, because it will mark the first time that this particular cauldron will be used for SOTX's Opening Ceremony.
May 15, 2015
Students from all over the Greater Houston area came together to "Play Unified" on Friday. More than 140 students from seven Meet in the Middle campuses came together to take part in the Kroger Play Unified Pro Sport Camp, hosted by Bruce Matthews, at UScore Soccer in Spring, Texas.
May 14, 2015
Muller Elementary School MIM students presented a donation to SOTX-Laredo (Area 21) on Thursday, May 14. The students organized and participated in a Autism Awareness Walkathon on campus in support of Special Olympics Texas.
May 13, 2015
Joey Cummings, 24, of Flower Mound has been a Special Olympics Texas athlete since he was 10 years old. Over the last 14 years, he has been consistently active within the program. Depending on the time of year, Joey can be found in the pool, at the bowling alley, on the bocce and basketball courts or on the soccer field getting ready for his upcoming FC Dallas tryout.
May 12, 2015
After competing as a swimmer and on the cross country team back in high school, Jaime Holt, 24, continued her passion for those sports by getting involved with SOTX nearly four years ago after a friend told her about it and encouraged her to try it out.
April 13, 2015
On Sunday, March 29, Special Olympics Texas’ Areas 10 and 11 (Greater Dallas and Greater Forth Worth) teamed up again to host their third annual TCU-SOTX Soccer Clinic.
April 8, 2015
We are excited to announce that we have a RoomFunding project through Hotels for Hope! For every actualized room night, Hotels for Hope will donate $2 to Special Olympics Texas. This RoomFunding project will fund 100 athletes to the 2016 Summer Games.
March 24, 2015
John Ruhly began volunteering with Special Olympics Texas in the late 1980's. He has been working with and driving Phillip Armstrong around to different events for years. Despite some wonderful athletes' mothers taking over the coaching of the bowling team around 2010, he still wanted to be involved with the Carrollton/Farmers Branch Cyclones' team and people, so he asked Phillip if he wanted to form a Unified team. Now, after every State Game, Phillip asks John to partner with him the next year.
March 11, 2015
Matthew Olguin, 24, began participating with Special Olympics when he entered JFK High School in San Antonio about 10 years ago. In addition to being a former Area 20 Athlete of the Year, Olguin volunteers for SOTX in the Young Athletes Program and helps coach other athletes.
March 3, 2015
With our Area 10 Basketball Tournament cancelled due to inclement weather last week and no reschedule planned, we wanted to give a special shout out to our generous hosts of the event for the past 3 years. Our theme for the tournament this year was “We Got This” and Grand Prairie ISD without a doubt had this tournament covered.
February 8, 2015
Our volunteers make the Games happen for our athletes. We couldn't do it without them.
February 7, 2015
Special Olympics Texas coaches are the best!
February 6, 2015
Wellness Park is an important part of the Athlete Village experience. Special Olympics Texas athletes receive free health screenings.
January 29, 2015
On Jan. 21, Austin College (located in Sherman, Texas) hosted the second annual Area 10 Basketball Skills Local Competition. More than 300 attendees were in attendance for Austin College’s “Janserve” day, which was a day of service for students on campus during the month of January.
January 28, 2015
Mehnert, a bowler and athletics competitor, is the first Special Olympics athlete in the entire country to register for a segment of the Unified Relay Across America. Mehnert will take and run with the Torch when the Unified Relay comes through his hometown on June 26.
January 21, 2015
Jimmy,19, has been participating with Special Olympics Texas since 2008 with the Round Rock ISD Roadrunners. He competes in basketball, cycling, track & field, golf and bowling. 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 14, 2015
In August 2014, Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) sent out an anonymous electronic survey to its athletes, family members, coaches, donors, volunteers and others to gain insight on what type of information the SOTX community wanted to know more about. It is envisioned that the results of the survey will be used to guide SOTX in the development of a resource library for its community, as well as to help focus research efforts undertaken by the organization.
January 9, 2015
Our colors for 2015 are green and blue--the shades are your choice. Scarves can be made in any pattern and can be knitted, loomed or crocheted.Please share with any of your crafty friends who might enjoy participating!
January 6, 2015
Twenty-five SOTX athletes, including members of Special Olympics Team USA Women's Basketball, and their chaperones from the Greater Dallas area had a wonderful time at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on New Year’s Day.
December 22, 2014
Congratulations to Lewisville ISD Rain (Division 1), Carrollton-Farmers Branch Cyclones (Division 2), Judson ISD Thunder Rockets (Division 3), Advo Amarillo Cobras (Division 4A), Wyle Sachse Murphy Mavericks (Divison 4B), Texas Foundation of Hope Elite (Division 5A) and Little Cypress-Mauriceville Force (Division 5B) for coming away with 2014 SOTX Flag Football championship titles!
December 18, 2014
Michael, 57, has been participating with Special Olympics since he was 12 years old. He started when he lived in Florida. He and his family moved to Texas, where he found a delegation with whom he could compete and has been involved ever since. Throughout his long career with SOTX, he has participated in Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling and Golf. In addition to golfing with Smooth Swing Golf for the last 13 years, he cycles with Special Friends.
December 11, 2014
"Eternal Flower of Love”, an acrylic oil painting is one of Schleuter's most pretty and unique pieces. The work depicts a deeper interpretation of love and understanding being spread between each other.
December 10, 2014
Experienced and understanding volunteer dental students & faculty at the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry are offering a free comprehensive dental care program for all SOTX children and adults on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
December 8, 2014
Abilene Christian Women's Basketball is offering FREE ADMISSION to all Area 14 athletes and families for its contest against Central Arkansas on Jan. 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.
November 25, 2014
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, Special Olympics Texas would like to salute the biggest supporters of all of our athletes – our families!
November 24, 2014
The five Richardson, Texas natives, who will represent Team USA at World Games in Los Angeles next summer, were included in the pregame introductions before the Comets hosted Austin College at UTD Activity Center.
November 21, 2014
Brandon, 13, has been an SOTX athlete for a little over a year and already has been very active in the program. Before moving to Southwest ISD with his family in 2013, Brandon was afraid of playing sports and was overweight. Since starting school at Francis Scobee Middle School, things have changed mightily for Brandon.
November 19, 2014
The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has tabbed Special Olympics Texas, Austin-based LatinWorks and California-based artist Queenie Liao with a Multicultural Excellence Award for the print division of the "We See Abilities" campaign.
November 17, 2014
Through SOTX Unified Sports, many parents and children are turning their dreams into realities and forging their own parent-child golf duos in Area 10.
November 12, 2014
The University of Texas softball team volunteered at the Central Texas area Bowling Competition at Dart Bowl on Nov. 7, 2014.
November 4, 2014
Area 13's Jared Friemel met his NASCAR hero Kyle Busch, courtesy of his mother, Charlotte, posting a photo on Busch's fan page several months ago. A fellow fan saw the post and made it her mission to make Jared's dream come true in Fort Worth.
October 29, 2014
Area 1 SOTX athletes Joe Cenisero and Milagros Fuentes were crowned Weslaco East High School's homecoming king and queen.
October 15, 2014
Approximately 1,600 athletes, 200 coaches and 1,000 volunteers expected to participate in the 14th annual spectacle.
October 1, 2014
Liberty Hill Elementary School is off and walking for a good cause! The Central Texas school is the first of the 2014-15 academic year to take part in Walk Across Texas, a Special Olympics Texas fundraiser that supports more than 51,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities in the Lone Star State.
October 1, 2014
Since August, every athlete that will jump in the pool or take the field during the weekend of October 16-18 in Aggieland, has been going through a challenging process—training.
September 24, 2014
For the last four years, Brittany Wirkman has participated in Special Olympics through Allen High School. The Greater Dallas area athlete competes in aquatics, volleyball and basketball.
September 19, 2014
The international Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Conference was held in New Orleans earlier this month. The Texas Torch Runners raised approximately $1,265,000 in 2013!
September 15, 2014
During July and early August, The Dan Weger Tennis Center at Balcones Country Club, (located in NW Austin) sponsored another outstanding Summer Tennis Mini-Camp Clinic for the Special Olympics Texas athletes.
September 11, 2014
Michael Englert and Rachel Brogden were honored for their SOTX awards on the field of McLane Stadium during a break in play.
September 4, 2014
Greater Houston Area athlete Marcus Gary is featured as "Memorial's Memorable" in the September 2014 issue of Absolutely! Memorial Magazine.
September 1, 2014
August 20, 2014
Thank you for visiting your local Texas Roadhouse in support of SOTX.
August 15, 2014
On Thursday afternoon, a large representation of H.E.B.'s Diversity Champions gathered at the SOTX Chapter office in Austin. Chad Tywater, a member of the SOTX Board of Directors, co-hosted the meeting with Nichole Valdez.
August 12, 2014
Meet in the Middle (MiM), the SOTX Project UNIFY program with more than 120 participating schools, received news from the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) Board of Directors that is sure to boost its reputation and help the program grow even more. On Monday, TASC officially announced that MiM has been endorsed as a partner/project for academic year 2014-15, the seventh year of Project UNIFY.
August 11, 2014
A pair of second-half goals by Jacob Hill and Scott McIlhenny lifted the FC Dallas Special Olympics Texas squad to a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids Special Olympics Colorado team on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium. Hill broke the scoreless tie in the 32nd minute before McIlhenny registered an insurance tally in the 39th minute. The game was played as part of the partnership between Special Olympics and MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative.
August 6, 2014
Meet in the Middle (MiM) facilitators and Unified pairs of Youth Leaders participated in a the three-day Meet in the Middle Leadership Conference in Austin last weekend. A Unified Sports demo highlighted Saturday's events. Participants got hands-on experience with Unified Sports, one of three core components of Project UNIFY.
August 5, 2014
SOTX & SOCO unite with FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids of the MLS.
July 25, 2014
Special Olympics Texas reminds me of what is right in this world.
July 24, 2014
Unified soccer teams to take part in special event in Frisco, TX.
July 17, 2014
July 15 has been declared Special Olympics Texas Flag Football Day in Bryan and College Station.
July 14, 2014
8 SOTX athletes gathered in Austin this weekend to learn how to write and present speeches.
July 11, 2014
Typically FX kids are non-verbal and not very social and or interested in being around others. NOT Ryan...
July 3, 2014
Special Olympics has helped me learn to truly care for people with intellectual disabilities as if they were my brothers and sisters.
June 27, 2014
Team Texas - 154 people strong - arrived home last Saturday carrying a LOT of hardware.
June 20, 2014
Team Texas had been working hard for quite a while, and it shows!
June 19, 2014
Here’s a little recap on the last couple of days.
June 18, 2014
Competition continues at the 2014 USA Games, and Team Texas is seeing a lot of success.
June 17, 2014
One of the biggest side activities at the 2014 USA Games is the trading of state pins.
June 17, 2014
Day Two of the USA Games saw Team Texas bring home some serious hardware.
June 14, 2014
Westworth PD Officer Jeramey Miller is representing Team Texas in New Jersey for the 2014 USA Games.
June 13, 2014
LETR officer Jeramey Miller describes his experience representing Team Texas in the USA Games Torch Run
June 12, 2014
LETR officer Jeramey Miller recounts his arrival in New Jersey for the 2014 USA Games
June 12, 2014
Wish Team Texas good luck as the depart for the 2014 USA Games.
June 6, 2014
"It means meeting new people, having team mates, trying new sports"
June 4, 2014
Jeramey Miller will represent Texas in the Law Enforcement Torch Run leading to the USA Games in New Jersey.
May 27, 2014
With a great Summer Games ended, here's a rewind.
May 25, 2014
We needed to hear more "Cupid Shuffle".
May 24, 2014
For everyone who volunteered during the 2014 Summer Games, you know this to be true.
May 16, 2014
You're guaranteed to hear these songs during Summer Games.
May 15, 2014
When some people see Special Olympics Texas athletes, they see disabilities. This is what we see.
May 9, 2014
Thank you to all of our Special Olympics Texas moms.
May 7, 2014
“I try to make it as much fun for the student body and the teachers as possible."
April 14, 2014
Whoever raised the most money for Area 12 got the honor of throwing a pie in the face of the not so lucky, “loser”!
April 13, 2014
You have to see these images from our new "See Abilities" campaign.
April 10, 2014
Team Red White and Blue is already becoming a force in the Special Olympics Texas volunteer ranks.
April 8, 2014
“I think it's important to be able to provide an opportunity to help these athletes develop and improve as riders"
April 8, 2014
High school student Emily Slagle wrote how Special Olympics Texas impacted her life for her college application.
March 27, 2014
Officers camp out on Krispy Kreme rooftops until donations come in allowing them to climb down.
March 21, 2014
15 people with Down Syndrome speak to a mom whose baby was diagnosed
March 20, 2014
Women ages 20-59 can enter to be featured in People.com's Most Beautiful issue.
March 20, 2014
SOTX athletes and the Deer Park HS basketball team up for annual game
February 19, 2014
The top 10 Best things we saw at Winter Games this year!
January 27, 2014
What an exciting year we have had here at Special Olympics Texas!
January 27, 2014
I volunteer and donate a lot because helping others keeps me grounded and focused on the things in life that matter.
January 15, 2014
Julia Gomez is an awesome athlete from the Laredo area.
January 15, 2014
Jacob Suarez is an athlete in San Antonio that has done great things with SOTX.
January 6, 2014
Winter Games is January 30 – February 2.
January 1, 2014
Mitchell Stephens is an outstanding SOTX competitor from the Heart of Texas area.
December 30, 2013
Claire Elliott is a courageous athlete from the Panhandle area.
December 27, 2013
Twenty-two frosty fans plunged into the icy waters of Lubbock to support South Plains area athletes.
December 25, 2013
Clyde Jones is an adventurous athlete from the Golden Triangle area.
December 23, 2013
Ariana Sanchez participates in bowling and athletics events in the Laredo area.
December 20, 2013
Greater Dallas area Girl Scouts adopted the Notre Dame Saints and Stars Volleyball Team and focused on health awareness through exercise and nutrition.
December 18, 2013
As told by Shirley L. Johnson, Ruben's mother
December 13, 2013
Special Olympics is now an official partner of Charity Miles.
December 9, 2013
The Highland Park City Council recognized retired chief Darrell Fant for his recent selection for the Texas Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame.
December 6, 2013
Did you know that Congress reinstated a law that allows you to give a gift from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as Special Olympics Texas without having to pay income taxes on the money?
December 4, 2013
The Community Foundation of Abilene collects, invests and administers charitable endowments for the benefit of our community.
December 2, 2013
Nominate someone for Hill Day 2014.
November 27, 2013
Andrea Martinez is a bocce, bowling, basketball, rollerskating and athletics competitor in the South Plains area.
November 25, 2013
Maddy Davidson is an athletics and aquatics athlete from the Heart of East Texas area.
November 18, 2013
Athletes live and play Unified at NIRSA in Maryland.
November 18, 2013
Thank you, for going Over The Edge in Houston.
November 13, 2013
Meredith McBrayer is a San Antonio area athlete who competes in bowling, aquatics and cycling.
November 8, 2013
Meet Cindy Longoria
November 8, 2013
Special Olympics Texas has begun an effort to support our military families who have family members with intellectual disabilities.
November 6, 2013
Meet Janelle King
November 4, 2013
Johnathan Aguilar is a bowling and athletics athlete from the Laredo area.
October 31, 2013
The Central Texas area will host its area-wide bowling competition, November 10-13, in Austin.
October 28, 2013
Heart of East Texas Area athlete stays busy year-round with bocce, bowling, basketball and athletics events.
October 25, 2013
Kimbrough looks forward to going for the gold and making his family proud.
October 22, 2013
WANTED: Volunteers for Fall Classic Softball
October 21, 2013
Thank you, San Antonio Superheroes!
October 15, 2013
Spring Panthers' Unified team Michelle and Debbie spent all weekend getting their golf on at Fall Classic.
October 14, 2013
Health Promotions Volunteers are the Best
October 14, 2013
Meet Quinn Gosdin
October 9, 2013
SOTX Athletes Receive Letter Jackets
October 7, 2013
You're invited to a Night Under the Stars with SOTX
October 3, 2013
Meet Noah Volkmann
October 1, 2013
Fall Classic is right around the corner: VOLUNTEER!
September 26, 2013
WANTED: Fall Classic Volunteers
September 25, 2013
Hurry Up and Register! RGV Sand Wars is this Weekend
September 23, 2013
and the winner is...
September 20, 2013
Go Over the Edge in Houston
September 20, 2013
Go Over the Edge in Dallas
September 20, 2013
POSTPONED: Greater Dallas Area Bocce/Softball Competition
September 18, 2013
Unleash your inner superhero by rappelling down the 17 story Hyatt Regency Austin Downtown
September 17, 2013
Meet Our New Global Messengers!
September 17, 2013
Go Over the Edge in San Antonio
September 11, 2013
Meet David Thibodeaux
September 9, 2013
Thank you, Chuy's Austin, for this awesome donation!
September 4, 2013
Meet Sean Hickey
September 3, 2013
Meet Yvette Pena
August 15, 2013
Special Olympics Texas has received a $2 million donation—its largest individual gift ever—from Houston attorneys Amber and Steve Mostyn.
August 14, 2013
Unified Sports Demo Held in Austin
August 12, 2013
Meet Clay Shrock
August 2, 2013
Meet Ethan Brillon
July 31, 2013
Meet Stefanie Armstrong
July 29, 2013
Meet Carley Prusak
July 26, 2013
Meet Elyss Augustine
July 26, 2013
SOTX CEO Margaret Larsen discusses the Americans With Disabilities Act.
July 23, 2013
ALPs Give Back to Army Heroes
July 22, 2013
SOTX Honors Fallen Officer with Tip A Cop Fundraiser
July 9, 2013
Meet Kenneth Gorsich
July 2, 2013
Special Olympics Texas has bought land in Austin for its new statewide headquarters.
July 2, 2013
Zach Hutson is staying fit this summer as a bowling, basketball and athletics competitor in the North Texas area. He became a SOTX athlete in 2002 and participates with the Woodland delegation.
June 27, 2013
What are you waiting for? Walk Across Texas!
June 25, 2013
Christian Martinez athlete profile
June 19, 2013
Time is Running Out to Shop for SOTX
June 14, 2013
Meet Ronnie Farrell: Athlete of the Year!
June 7, 2013
Matt Hayes loved volunteering with Special Olympics Texas so much as a teen that he wanted to continue his involvement in college.
June 5, 2013
Deng Wei: An Extraordinary Inspiration
June 4, 2013
Abilene High Hosts "Second Chance Prom"
May 28, 2013
Special Olympics Texas hosts events that provide individuals with intellectual disabilities with the ability to compete in sports.
May 26, 2013
Healthy Athletes provided 980 health screenings during the 2013 Special Olympics Texas Summer Games.
May 26, 2013
Pageant Queen Donates $3,000 to Torch Run
May 25, 2013
Summer Games Volunteers are the Best!
May 25, 2013
Athletics Athletes Bring the Heat to Summer Games
May 17, 2013
Meet Tyvis Coats
May 14, 2013
SOTX and HISD Host Inaugural Field Days
May 8, 2013
2013 Statewide Torch Run Kickoff
May 3, 2013
P&G Kicks off its "Thank you, Mom" Program
May 1, 2013
Athletes Ride in Cycling Competition
May 1, 2013
Are you considering what legacy you will leave? We have a suggestion...
April 30, 2013
Special Olympics Texas provides athletes with the tools they need to become productive members of society.
April 29, 2013
Matt Adamczyk brings a unique perspective to Special Olympics Texas.
April 26, 2013
SOTX Coach to Appear on "Live with Kelly and Michael"
April 24, 2013
We are in need of volunteers for the Chuy's 5K in Austin, TX.
April 18, 2013
Meet Iesha Williams
April 17, 2013
SOTX Announces its 2014 National Games Athletes!
April 16, 2013
UT Dallas Hosts SOTX for "Athletes for Athletes" Day
April 10, 2013
Meet Brian Pritchett
April 10, 2013
Meet Lisa Ibarra
April 10, 2013
Twelve year old Alyssa McConnell is an athlete from the Olney school district delegation. The North Texas area athlete participates in bowling, basketball and athletics and loves to compete in front of her family.
April 5, 2013
Register to Walk Across Texas with SOTX
April 4, 2013
Hand over your support to Laredo's finest
March 27, 2013
Volunteer at a Spring Games Near You
March 27, 2013
Volunteers Needed for Summer Games Data Entry
March 19, 2013
Athletes Participate in Annual Inclusive Riding Event
March 7, 2013
CVS Awards SOTX a $20K Grant for 2013
March 6, 2013
It's Spread the Word to End the Word Day! Take the Pledge Now
March 5, 2013
Time is Running Out: Amplify Austin!
February 27, 2013
Amplify Austin
February 26, 2013
Congratulations, Stacey Johnson
February 20, 2013
Get Involved! Amplify Austin
February 19, 2013
Meet Dustin DuCharme
February 13, 2013
From Negative to Positive
February 12, 2013
Thank you, Sharyland High School
February 3, 2013
Renew the Pledge to Get Rid of the R-Word
February 3, 2013
A Win-Win Situation at FUNfitness
February 3, 2013
Kaitlyn Flynn and Lauren Erdelt are a Unified Bowling team with a lot of style.
February 2, 2013
Ramp Bowling was a popular competition during Winter Games 2013.
February 2, 2013
Y-E-L-L, Everybody Yell for Inclusion!
February 1, 2013
The Houston Hot Shots found some Unified Partners and now they're all playing volleyball at the 2013 Winter Games.
February 1, 2013
Heisman Winner for a Day
February 1, 2013
Better Eye Health Begins at "Opening Eyes"
January 31, 2013
The Knitting Nest Makes a Winter Games Delivery
January 3, 2013
Meet David Hernandez
January 3, 2013
Meet Laura Machuca