Area 2 Awarded $5,000 Grant from John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2017


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – 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. 

“We are deeply appreciative of the generous funds that the Kenedy Memorial Foundation has given us,” said Alice Fulton-Garza, director of SOTX’s South Texas Area. “This grant will greatly impact the lives of many athletes and their families in our area.”

The Kenedy Memorial Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes. Founded in 1961 by Sarita Kenedy East, granddaughter of Mifflin Kenedy and Petra Vela Kenedy, the Foundation has donated more than 200 million dollars to charitable causes and organizations in Texas. In South Texas, where the majority of its contributions have been made, the Foundation is one of the major charity contributors.

SOTX offers sports competition and training in 22 Olympic-style sports for 58,333 athletes across the Lone Star State. The nonprofit organization also offers other types of programming such as its Young Athletes Program, Motor Activities Training Program, Unified Champion Schools and Healthy Athletes. More information on these can be found at www.sotx.org/programs. 

For more information about Special Olympics Texas programming in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Area, contact Alice Fulton-Garza (agarza@sotx.org) at 361.857.5679.


MEDIA CONTACT:
Steve Helm – Public Relations Coordinator, Special Olympics Texas
800.876.5646, ext.2925 (office); 267.421.3911 (cell – media use only); shelm@sotx.org


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 58,300 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.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas. Visit the SOTX-South Texas Area Facebook page at fb.com/SOTX2.