Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has named Dalia Martinez its 2012 Female Athlete of the Year (15-21), Shirley Johnson its Trainer of the Year, Amy Ramey its Volunteer of the Year and Sherri Mell its Outstanding Volunteer for Sports and Competition award winners.

Martinez joined SOTX in 2001 and competes in roller skating, basketball, athletics (track and field), equestrian and bowling events. 

Johnson is a 44-year volunteer and serves as a head coach (certified in more than 6 sports), member of the State Presidents Advisory Committee and Families Committee, just to name a few. 

Ramey became involved with the movement more than 30 years ago and has dedicated well over 1,500 hours as a results director at state Games , volunteer at area and regional competitions and committee member. 

Mell first volunteered in 1994 and is a head of delegation and coach for basketball, bowling, roller skating, athletics and equestrian competitions. 

The Female Athlete of the Year Award is presented to the individual who represents the SOTX movement both on and off the field with pride, strength and humility.

The Trainer of the Year award goes to the person who is committed to training and making every effort to encourage others to train or coach at the highest level. 

The Volunteer of the Year award is presented to the volunteer who best displays year-round spirit, dedication, and unselfish efforts on behalf of Special Olympics Texas and its athletes. 

The Outstanding Volunteer for Sports and Competition award is presented to the individual that is dedicated to providing an inclusive and fair environment for SOTX competitions.  On October 26, Special Olympics Texas will present the awards to Martinez, Mell, Johnson and Ramey for their achievements and recognized them at Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Fall Classic in Bryan/College Station.

About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 44,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.sotx.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.

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Charitable Trust and the Law Enforcement Torch Run

Ramonica Jones
Public Relations Coordinator
Special Olympics Texas