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 20, 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 18, 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 17, 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 10, 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 7, 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 4, 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.
August 3, 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 26, 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 24, 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 23, 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 22, 2015
Thanks to all the sponsors, golf teams and dedicated volunteers who joined us July 17 at Underwood Golf Complex!
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
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 21, 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 20, 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 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
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 18, 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 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
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 16, 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 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
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 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
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 13, 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 12, 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 11, 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 10, 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 9, 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 8, 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.
July 7, 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 22, 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 19, 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 16, 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 15, 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 11, 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 9, 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.
June 8, 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 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
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 23, 2015
We love our volunteers almost as much as we love our athletes. Without our volunteers, our competitions would not be possible.
May 22, 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 18, 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 15, 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 14, 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 13, 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.
May 12, 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 13, 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.
April 8, 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 24, 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 11, 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.
March 3, 2015
Our volunteers make the Games happen for our athletes. We couldn't do it without them.
February 8, 2015
Special Olympics Texas coaches are the best!
February 7, 2015
Wellness Park is an important part of the Athlete Village experience. Special Olympics Texas athletes receive free health screenings.
February 6, 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 29, 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 28, 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 21, 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 14, 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 9, 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.
January 6, 2015
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 22, 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 18, 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 11, 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 10, 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.
December 8, 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 25, 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 24, 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 21, 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 19, 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 17, 2014
The University of Texas softball team volunteered at the Central Texas area Bowling Competition at Dart Bowl on Nov. 7, 2014.
November 12, 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.
November 4, 2014
Area 1 SOTX athletes Joe Cenisero and Milagros Fuentes were crowned Weslaco East High School's homecoming king and queen.
October 29, 2014
Approximately 1,600 athletes, 200 coaches and 1,000 volunteers expected to participate in the 14th annual spectacle.
October 15, 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.
October 1, 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 24, 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 19, 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 15, 2014
Michael Englert and Rachel Brogden were honored for their SOTX awards on the field of McLane Stadium during a break in play.
September 11, 2014
Greater Houston Area athlete Marcus Gary is featured as "Memorial's Memorable" in the September 2014 issue of Absolutely! Memorial Magazine.
September 4, 2014
September 1, 2014