The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation Awards Grant to Special Olympics Texas – Heart of Texas Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2017


WACO, Texas  –  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.

Money provided through the grant will go toward the purchase of sports equipment, the cost of the area bowling competition, athlete entry fees for the statewide Summer Games in Arlington and the cost of athlete physicals required to participate in Special Olympics competitions.

Since 1986, The Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation has dedicated more than $63 million in grants in an effort to better its society. 

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 the Heart of Texas Area, contact Tommy Smith (tsmith@sotx.org) at 254.230.4824.


MEDIA CONTACT:
Steve Helm – Public Relations Coordinator, Special Olympics Texas
800.876.5646, ext. 2925 (office); 267.421.3911 (cell – media 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- Heart of Texas Area Facebook page at fb.com/SOTX12


About The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation
Established in 1986, the Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation has dedicated more than $63 million in grants to improve the social fabric of life. The Foundation seeks innovative solutions to intractable and persistent problems and strives to cultivate emerging talents and promising models. The entire Rapoport Family is actively involved in the foundations operations, which has touched many lives in the areas of education, arts and culture, health and human service and civic participation. This commitment is rooted in generations past and continues to mold our future.