May 01, 2013 | Updated: January 29, 2019

By Margaret Larsen

Many of us are at a stage of life where we are reflecting on what sort of legacy we will leave behind us. If I may be so bold, I have a suggestion that I would like for you to consider.

At our statewide Summer Games in Arlington in late May, we will be kicking off a capital campaign to raise money to build a $6 million headquarters in Austin to create a permanent home for Special Olympics Texas.

Although we have one of the largest Special Olympics programs in North America, we do not own our current headquarters location.  Our lease is more expensive than owning a building, and we have far less space than we need to support our mission, conduct training, hold meetings and store essential equipment and materials.

We are rapidly approaching a time where we simply won’t be able to serve all of the athletes who need us because we lack enough space to house the staff required to assist an ever-increasing athlete base.

Progress is already being made toward making our planned facility a reality. We are in the process of securing lead gifts from major donors.  Our staff and Board have also already pledged a significant financial amount, but we still need a lot of help to reach our goal.

I hope that you and your family will consider making a gift to the capital campaign, perhaps in honor of a special person in your life. Please contact me at mlarsen@sotx.org for more information about contributing to our new home.

Margaret Larsen

President and CEO

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