SOTX Faces Financial Hardship Due to Hurricane Harvey

September 27, 2017

Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath has forced Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) to cancel and postpone several competitions and fundraisers not only in the affected Houston and Coastal Bend areas, but across the state of Texas. Due to the significant loss of income from those fundraising events, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is forecasting a shortfall of hundreds of thousands of dollars for its 2017 budget and it is now asking for the public’s help. 

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SOTX Announces 2017 Athletes, Coach & Unified Partner of the Year

September 25, 2017

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced the winners of its statewide Athletes, Unified Partner and Coach of the Year awards on Sept. 25. All will be formally honored during an awards ceremony in College Station on Oct. 13.

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SOTX Works to Track Down Members Affected by Harvey

September 1, 2017

All affected members, if able, are urged to visit www.sotx.org/harvey  to provide a quick update on their whereabouts and how the storm has impacted them, so that the organization can devise ways to provide aid.

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Area 2 Awarded $5,000 Grant from The Kenedy Memorial Foundation

June 28, 2017

The John G. and Marie Kenedy Memorial Foundation has awarded Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) a $5,000 grant to support athletes in the South Texas area. The grant funds will provide operational support for SOTX programming in Corpus Christi. 

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The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation Awards Grant to Area 12

June 1, 2017

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $18,104 from The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation to help fund training, competitions and programming for athletes in the Heart of Texas Area, which serves 1,063 children and adults with intellectual disabilities across Waco and 12 surrounding counties, including McLennan County.

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Special Olympics Texas Receives $3,000 Grant from Wells Fargo

May 10, 2017

Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) has received a $3,000 grant from Wells Fargo to help fund training, competitions and programming for athletes in the Greater El Paso 

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Bell Helicopter Awards SOTX with $15,000 Grant

April 20, 2017

The grant will help fund local trainings, competitions and programming during the 2017 fiscal year

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Annual State Torch Run to Arlington Kicks Off May 2 at Texas State Capitol

April 28, 2017

Annual statewide torch run to Arlington for Special Olympics Texas’ Summer Games kickoff event; Program is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. on the South Steps of Texas State Capitol.

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Austin Community Foundation Awards Grant to SOTX

March 28, 2017

The grant will sponsor 33 SOTX athletes in the Central Texas Area, providing funds for local training and competition opportunities.

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Special Olympics Texas Receives $40,000 Grant from Newman’s Own Foundation

March 9, 2017

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has received a $40,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. 

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UnitedHealthcare's Don Langer Elected to Board of Directors

February 15, 2017

Don Langer (Houston), the CEO for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas, has been elected to Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) board of directors, the non-profit organization announced Wednesday.  He will serve a two-year term in an at-large position on the board.

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SOTX to Offer Athletes Seven Free Health Screenings at 2017 Winter Games

February 1, 2017

All Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes will have the opportunity to receive up to seven free healthcare screenings during this weekend’s statewide Winter Games in Austin. The free screenings, provided Healthy Athletes®, the world’s largest provider of medical services to people with intellectual disabilities, are scheduled to run Friday, Feb. 3 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 4 (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) at Norris Conference Center (2525 W Anderson Ln #365, Austin, TX 78757). Health insurance is not required

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SOTX Releases Findings of Landmark Research

January 24, 2017

In the largest study to date of people with intellectual disabilities and their families, researchers found that Special Olympics Texas leads the nation in the employment of athletes with intellectual disabilities in competitive environments. The study also showed that children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities experience a significant improvement in self-esteem through participating in Special Olympics in the Lone Star State. The findings of the research were released today.

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SOTX to Release Findings of Landmark Study at State Capitol on Tuesday

January 23, 2017

Special Olympics Texas will hold a press briefing on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Texas State Capitol to announce the findings of a landmark study, conducted by the Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The announcement will be made at 10:00 a.m. in the Speaker's Committee Room (2W.6).

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Volunteers Needed at 2017 Winter Games in Austin

January 5, 2017

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) will host its 24th annual Winter Games, a statewide Bowling, Powerlifting and Volleyball competition for nearly 2,700 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The event will commence with the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 2 and the Games will run from Feb. 3-5 at several venues across the Central Texas area. Volunteers are heavily needed to assist with various duties at all competition events.

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2017 Board of Directors Promotions & Newcomers Announced

January 9, 2017

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) President & CEO Margaret Larsen announced that the non-profit organization’s Board of Directors has promoted four existing members, while electing three new members

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SOTX Marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Sharing Ian Rawn's Story of Achievement

December 1, 2016

In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3), Plano’s Ian Rawn shares achievements on his road to Austria for the World Winter Games. International Day of Persons with Disabilities coincides with 100-Days Out to 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria

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SOTX Presents 2016 Volunteer Awards

September 29, 2016

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced the recipients of its annual statewide Volunteer Awards on Thursday. The non-profit organization presented five awards for different volunteer categories. Renae Carswell (Lewisville) was crowned its Volunteer of the Year award, Bryan Police Department’s Sgt. Jason James (Bryan) was named the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for Fundraising, Laurie Martin (Saint Jo) received the award for Trainer of the Year, Jim Domer (Lewisville) earned Unified Partner of the Year accolades and Rob, Lori, Kyle and Ryan Mehnert (Carrollton) were dubbed Family of the Year. 

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SOTX Announces 2016 Outstanding Service Award Winners

September 28, 2016

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced its annual statewide Outstanding Service Awards on Wednesday. Four winners were selected for different categories, including: FC Dallas for a Business/Corporation, Houston Bar Association for a Civic or Service Organization, KSAT 12 sports director Greg Simmons for a Community Leader and San Antonio resident Gwenda Taggart for Outreach.

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SOTX to Celebrate Seventh Annual Global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day

September 16, 2016

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) will join Special Olympics chapters around the world on Saturday, Sept. 24 in celebrating the global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS Day) to commemorate the life, mission and accomplishments of its
founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. 
SOTX encourages everyone to act in honor of Eunice Kennedy Shriver by promoting inclusion in local communities and supporting its athletes as they compete in various events across the entire state. Individuals and families who have no prior involvement with Special Olympics are urged to come to any of the events and participate

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Special Olympics Texas Awarded $2,600 Grant from Coastal Bend Community Foundation

September 8, 2016

The Coastal Bend Community Foundation has awarded Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) a $2,600 grant to support athletes in the Corpus Christi area. The grant funds will provide sports programming and training for more than 17 children and adults with intellectual disabilities from the Corpus Christi area for one full year. Since 2002, the foundation has contributed $90,100 to SOTX, helping the organization continue programming for athletes in the Aransas, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio counties.

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Cavender's to Present $10,000 Check to Special Olympics Texas

September 8, 2016

Cavender’s will present a $10,000 check to Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) at its South Austin store (4435 S Lamar Blvd.) on Monday, Sept. 12 at 10:00 a.m. The funds being presented were raised through an in-store promotion, which ran during the month of July, as Cavender’s sold $1 paper torches at each of its 51 stores, enabling its customers an opportunity to pledge their support for SOTX. The monies raised will completely fund one full year’s worth of SOTX programming and training for more than 65 children and adults with intellectual disabilities across Texas. 

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown Named Honorary Chairman of Over the Edge Fundraiser for Special Olympics Texas

August 25, 2016

Dallas Police Chief David Brown will serve as the Honorary Chairman for Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) upcoming Over the Edge (OTE) fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Oak Cliff Tower in downtown Dallas. Registration to rappel down the 15-story building is now open and can be completed online. Slots are limited.

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Half of All DFW-Area Chipotle Mexican Grill Sales to Benefit Special Olympics Texas on August 18

August 11, 2016

All 65 Dallas-Ft. Worth-area Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants will be vying to “Cause an Effect,” on Thursday, Aug. 18, as patrons have the opportunity to donate 50 percent of their meal sale to Special Olympics Texas (SOTX). 

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Half of All DFW-Area Chipotle Mexican Grill Sales to Benefit Special Olympics Texas

August 11, 2016

All 65 Dallas-Ft. Worth-area Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants will be vying to “Cause an Effect,” on Thursday, Aug. 18, as patrons have the opportunity to donate 50 percent of their meal sale to Special Olympics Texas (SOTX). 

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Statement on Bellaire Police Officer Anthony Marco Zarate

July 13, 2016

Officer Zarate helped with every LETR fundraiser that was held in the Houston area, including Tip A Cop events, and participated in the annual statewide torch run to Arlington for the statewide SOTX Summer Games.  He truly loved our athletes and felt honored to be a tiny part of their successes, accomplishments and celebrations. 

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Law Enforcement Torch Run for SOTX Inducts Pair of Longtime Members into Hall of Fame

July 11, 2016

A pair of Texas public safety officials have been recognized for the community service they perform outside of their everyday jobs. The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has announced the members of its 2016 Hall of Fame class. Ector County ISD Police Officer Freddy Nayloa and former Addison Police Sergeant Brad Freis have been tabbed with the honor and were formally enshrined on May 26 during a ceremony held at UT-Arlington in conjunction with SOTX’s 47th annual Summer Games

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DFW Figure Skater Ian Rawn Selected to Compete in 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria

July 6, 2016

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athlete Ian Rawn (Plano, TX) has been selected to compete in Figure Skating at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, which will be held March 14-25, 2017 in Graz, Schladming, Ramsau and Styria. The Plano resident will be the lone Texan representing his country on Special Olympics USA at the 2017 Games.

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DFW Figure Skater Ian Rawn Selected to Compete in 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria

July 6, 2016

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athlete Ian Rawn (Plano, TX) has been selected to compete in Figure Skating at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, which will be held March 14-25, 2017 in Graz, Schladming, Ramsau and Styria. The Plano resident will be the lone Texan representing his country on Special Olympics USA at the 2017 Games.

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27th Annual Pepsi Bay Ball Ballyhoop Tournament to be held July 30-31 in Corpus Christi

June 29, 2016

The 3-on-3 basketball tournament challenges top ballers and Cinderella hopefuls to bring their A-game to the court for bragging rights and for the purpose of raising awareness and funds for nearly 1,900 Special Olympics Texas athletes in the South Texas area.

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SOTX - Big Country Area Receives Grant from San Angelo Area Foundation

July 8, 2016

ABILENE – Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) – Big Country Area has received a grant in the amount of $7,500 from the San Angelo Area Foundation. The grant, which is the first contribution the community foundation has presented to SOTX, will assist with programming costs for SOTX athletes in the San Angelo area.

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Elvis Andrus and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Named SOTX – Greater Dallas Area Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year

May 25, 2016

DALLAS – Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation have been named Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year for the Greater Dallas Area. Andrus and the Rangers will be formally recognized with the honor during Wednesday’s pregame festivities, which will be held prior to the Rangers hosting the Los Angeles Angels for the three-game series finale at 1:05 p.m.

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SOTX’s Healthy Athletes® Program to Offer Free Health Exams

May 25, 2015

ARLINGTON – All Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes will have the opportunity to receive free healthcare exams on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, during SOTX’s Summer Games, presented by TD Ameritrade and the Knights of Columbus, at UT-Arlington.

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Details Announced for 2016 Summer Games Opening Ceremony

May 23, 2016

AUSTIN – Nearly 3,000 athletes from 170 teams from across Texas will converge in Arlington this weekend for the 2016 Special Olympics Texas Summer Games, presented by TD Ameritrade and the Knights of Columbus. While competition gets underway for some athletes early on Friday, the official start to the annual event, now in its 47th year, will not come until the Opening Ceremony takes places on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Maverick Stadium.

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Toyota Named New Official Statewide Partner, Opportunity Drawing for 2017 Toyota Tundra

May 17, 2016

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced Toyota as its newest Official Partner, on May 17 making the automaker a year-round statewide $250,000-level co-sponsor of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. SOTX provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for more than 55,200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the state of Texas.

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47th Annual Special Olympics Texas Summer Games Return to Arlington May 26-29

May 5, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas – Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) 47th annual Summer Games, presented by TD Ameritrade and the Knights of Columbus, will return to The University of Texas at Arlington and surrounding area venues from Thursday, May 26 – Sunday, May 29. The event is SOTX’s largest competition of the year, featuring more than 3,000 athletes from all around the state of Texas.

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Special Olympics Texas Launches 'Food For Fitness' Nutritional Program

May 2, 2016

AUSTIN – In an effort to help its athletes live a healthier life and compete at their highest level, Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has launched Food for Fitness, a nutritional enhancement program designed to educate people with intellectual disabilities on how consuming healthful foods fuel their bodies to be the best athletes they can be. Following the pilot test in Austin, Houston and Lufkin, Food for Fitness will now be introduced statewide to all 19 SOTX area programs, which combine to serve more than 55,200 athletes.

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Panhandle-Area SOTX Athletes to Compete in World-Renowned Penn Relays

April 26, 2016

AMARILLO – Eight Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes and Unified Partners from the Panhandle Area will join elite track and field athletes from around the world in Philadelphia this weekend at the 122nd annual Penn Relays.

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Six Dallas-Area Golfers Invited to Macau to Compete in Special Olympics Golf Masters

April 18, 2016

DALLAS – Six Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes from the Greater Dallas area have been invited to represent the United States in Macau, China from April 27-29 at the 2016 Special Olympics Golf Masters. The fifth annual event, held at Caesars Golf Macau, is a test of skill designed to give Special Olympics golfers from around the world a chance to compete in an international tournament setting.

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Volunteer Shifts Now Open for 2016 Summer Games

March 30, 2016

It will take more 3,750 volunteers to run seven competitions and assist in many other capacities. Those interested and able to provide support can sign up at www.sotx.org/summergames and click the ‘Volunteer’ tab. 

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Improving Your Cycling Performance

March 15, 2016

Top Tips for Improving Your Cycling Performance

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Special Olympics Texas Receives Community Foundation of West Texas Grant

January 15, 2016

South Plains Area has received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of West Texas. The grant will sponsor 33 SOTX athletes over 15 counties in the West Texas area, providing funds for local training and competition opportunities.

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Special Olympics Texas Receives $5,000 from Community Foundation of West Texas

November 18, 2016

South Plains Area has received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of West Texas. The grant will sponsor 33 SOTX athletes over 15 counties in the West Texas area, providing funds for local training and competition opportunities.

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Four New Members Named to SOTX Board of Directors

January 7, 2016

AUSTIN– Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) President & CEO Margaret Larsen announced the four newest members that will serve on the organization’s Board of Directors in 2016.

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Texas Drivers Can Donate to SOTX Via Vehicle Registration

December 16, 2015

AUSTIN Beginning January 1, 2016 when Texas drivers register an automobile or renew a motor vehicle registration, they will notice a new option on the processing form that offers an option for donating $5 or more to Special Olympics Texas (SOTX).

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SOTX Announces 2015 Award Winners

September 22, 2015

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SOTX Receives Community Foundation of Abilene Grant

November 24, 2014

Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) Big Country Area is once again a proud recipient of a grant from the Community Foundation of Abilene. After awarding a $3,100 grant in 2013 to the Abilene area SOTX office, the Community Foundation of Abilene has increased its giving to $5,000 in 2014 to support more than 1,000 SOTX athletes in the area. The grant will help fund local training and competition opportunities.

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Carry the Torch through Texas

January 22, 2015

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