SOTX Announces 2015 Award Winners

All recipients will be honored with an awards ceremony on Oct. 9 at Fall Classic VIP Reception.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2015


Steve Helm – Public Relations Coordinator, Special Olympics Texas

800.876.5646, ext. 2925 (office); 267.421.3911 (cell – media only);



AUSTIN – Special Olympics Texas has officially announced the winners of its 2015 Athletes, Coach, Volunteers and Outstanding Service of the Year awards. The 15 recipients were selected from 113 nominations sent in. A complete list of selections for the 2015 Special Olympics Texas Awards can be found below.


An awards ceremony will be held on Friday, Oct. 9 in Bryan/College Station during the Fall Classic VIP Reception to recognize the volunteers, athletes, families and businesses that make the Special Olympics experience possible for more than 53,400 athletes in the state of Texas.





Melinda Escamilla

Unified Sports Partner of the Year

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Police Department

Outstanding Volunteer for Fund Raising

Corpus Christi

Kayla Gray

Female Athlete of the Year: 15-21


Sally Stacy

Trainer of the Year


Rick Kohn

Volunteer of the Year


Coca-Cola Refreshments of Houston

Outstanding Service from a Business/Corporation


Signa Segrest

Outstanding Service for Outreach


David Gonzalez

Outstanding Service from a Community Leader


Rose Antony

Coach of the Year


Scott Wendt

Male Athlete of the Year: 22 and older


Riley Blatz

Male Athlete of the Year: 15-21

Round Rock

Teresa Sullivan

Outstanding Volunteer for Sports and Competition

San Antonio

UTSA: Alpha Sigma Alpha-Delta Upsilon Chapter

Outstanding Service from a Civic or Service Organization

San Antonio

Gresham Family

Family of the Year


Kathryn Albertini

Female Athlete of the Year: 22 and older






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 53,400 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 or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas;;



Coca-Cola Refreshments, Food Town, H-E-B Tournament of Champions,

Law Enforcement Torch Run, Sam’s Club and Walmart

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