Special Olympics Texas
provides year-round sports training and competition, health and inclusion programs for individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities.
We impact lives.
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  • 50000
    Family Members
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We transform lives.
We have 19 offices in Texas.

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Sports are for everyone.
We offer inclusive sports programs for everyone age 2 and up, of any ability level. Through our Unified Sports® program, people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together on the same team.
We see abilities.
We offer 22 sports.
  • Athletics
  • Bowling
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Aquatics
  • Softball
Other Sports:
Volleyball, Tennis, Soccer, Table Tennis, Flag Football, Golf, Equestrian, Cycling, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Kayaking, Figure Skating, Sailing, Triathlon
Young Athletes Program
The Young Athletes Program (YAP) is a sports play program designed to introduce children ages two to seven to the world of physical activity.

Benefits to Athletes and Families:
  • Socialization
  • Coordination and strength-building
  • Awareness of self-worth
  • Building self-confidence
  • Introduction to sports
  • Introduction to resources and support within Special Olympics
  • Sharing in success of their child

YAP athletes
make 7 months'
gain in motor
skills in only
3 months.
Motor Activities Training Program
The Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) is a non-competitive program for athletes who cannot compete in traditional Special Olympics sports because they cannot physically perform movements or cannot follow the rules due to cognitive or behavioral limitations.

Focus of MATP:
  • Building physical skills such as mobility and dexterity
  • Participation
  • Sharing skills with family and friends
  • Achieving personal bests

SOTX serves
1329 Motor
Activities Training
Program Athletes
Unified Sports®

2650 Unified
partners and 718
Unified coaches
participate in Texas.
Special Olympics Unified Sports® brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete on the same team.

Benefits to Athletes and Families:
  • Learn new sports
  • Develop higher level sports skills
  • Have new competition experiences
  • Experience meaningful inclusion
  • Socialize with peers
  • Form friendships with teammates
  • Participate in their communities
Global Opportunities

World games is a
flagship event for
Special Olympics,
held every 2 years
since 1968
National Games
Every four years, Special Olympics holds the USA Games. In June 2014, 121 athletes and 33 coaches represented Texas in 11 sports during the USA Games held in New Jersey.

World Games
Every two years, Special Olympics alternates between holding the Summer and Winter World Games.
Beyond Sports:
Sports are our vehicle... but we are so much more. The opportunities we provide lead to better lives for our athletes, families, and communities.
Healthy Athletes
Healthy Athletes is a Special Olympics program that provides free health screenings in a fun, welcoming environment. It is the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Free hearing aids, glasses or orthotics are provided to athletes.

People with ID face serious health problems: they typically receive sub-standard or no health care at all. Health professionals also report inadequate or no training on treating people with ID.
Health Issues for People with ID:
  • Twice as many health problems
  • 50% or more are overweight or obese
  • 50% have a skin or nail condition
  • 37% have untreated tooth decay
  • 24% have never had an eye exam
  • 22% fail hearing tests
Benefit of Special Olympics:
  • Lower blood pressure, body fat percentages and insulin levels
  • More positive attitude about exercise
  • Education on wellness and self-care
Community Integration
Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) face stigma, discrimination and in some cases, isolation. Special Olympics utilizes sports as a tool to foster meaningful connections and bridge differences, creating a positive attitude change within communities.

Benefits of Special Olympics:
  • Stronger family relationships
  • More friends
  • More involved in their community
  • Better performance in school
  • Twice as likely to be employed

44% of athletes
become employed,
compared to 28% of
people with ID not in
Special Olympics.
Project Unify - Meet in the Middle

120000+ students
are impacted by
Project UNIFY - Meet
in the Middle in Texas.
Project UNIFY - Meet in the Middle is a Special Olympics school-based program that promotes acceptance and inclusion. Set in a fun, interactive, Unified environment, participants engage in advocacy, friendship, fitness and sports opportunities - together.

Benefits to Schools:
  • Decrease in bullying
  • Increase attendance
  • Stronger academic performance
  • Friendships and inclusion between people with and without ID

An estimated
32% of families
have a family member
with an intellectual
Special Olympics provides resources, opportunities and support for families. At competitions and events, family members are among friends, and watch with pride as their family member finds success and joy.

Benefits to Families:
  • 70% spend more time together
  • 73% view Special Olympics as an important part of their athlete's life
  • 72% better understand what their athlete is capable of
  • 47% have higher expectations for their athlete’s future
Why Give?
Special Olympics Texas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is solely funded by corporations, foundations, individuals and fundraising events.
Your Dollar Goes Far
A partnership with Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has a powerful impact on the lives of athletes and their communities throughout the state of Texas. The positive benefits of your support reach far beyond the day of an event or competition - changing the lives and perceptions of your company, your community and you.

Special Olympics is rated "Number 1" charity in a Procter & Gamble study, compared to other national and international charities.

87¢ of every dollar
raised goes directly to
support programs for
SOTX athletes.
Benefits to Donors:
  • 100% of funds raised locally remain in that community
  • Special Olympics has a 99% public recognition rate in Texas
  • Impact 58,884 athletes, 50,000+ family members, 40,643 volunteers and 68,000+ donors
  • Reduce stress and increases morale
  • Increase awareness and interest in community issues
  • Foster a sense of celebration, belonging and achievement through a unified effort and common purpose
2018 Financial Highlights
Funding Sources:
of funding comes from
of expenses go to
program services
for athletes
2018 Income Statement
Contributions and In-Kind Donations $ 12,795,270
Fundraising Events $ 3,613,286
Grants $ 1,407,158
Sale of Materials $ 330,237
Program Service Fees $ 191,115
Total Funding Sources $ 18,337,766
Program Services $ 16,866,878
Development and Fundraising $ 1,862,154
Management and General Costs $ 261,3776
Total Expenses $ 18,990,409
2018 Balance Sheet
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 460,682
Accounts Receivable $ 145,747
Promises to Give - Current Portion $ 250,000
Investments $ 1,607,782
Prepaid Expenses $ 184,464
Total Current Assets $ 2,648,675
Promises to Give - Long Term $ 9,309
Property and Equipment $ 6,410,636
Total Assets $ 9,059,311
Accounts Payable $ 310,197
Accrued Employee Benefits $ 161,976
Deferred Revenue $ 42,824
Note Payable, Current $ 70,708
Total Current Liabilities  $ 1,083,705 
Note Payable, net of current 
$ 1,817,344
Total Current Liabilities $ 2,901,049
Unrestricted Assets $  
Operating Assets $ 1,896,756
Board Designated Assets $ 1,325,886
Total Unrestricted  $ 3,222,642 
Temporarily Restricted $ 2,935,620
Permanently Restricted $ 343,580
Total Net Assets $ 6,158,262
Total Liabilities and Net Assets $ 9,059,311
Help Us Change Lives
Dear Friends,

If we're lucky, we get the chance to positively impact at least one person during our life. You have the power to transform lives, thousands of them. You already have.

Your donations in 2018 transformed the lives of 58,884 people with intellectual disabilities. Also changed: the lives of the hundreds of thousands of family members and friends of those individuals with intellectual disabilities because their loved ones achieved amazing things.

Did you know?
  • An individual with an intellectual disability who is involved in Special Olympics is almost twice as likely to be employed than someone with intellectual disabilities who is not involved in Special Olympics.
  • Young children with intellectual disabilities or autism make remarkable gains in motor skills and socialization when they participate in our Young Athletes Program.
  • Just $150 can make Special Olympics Texas happen for one athlete for one year? Just think—only 30 cups of specialty coffee can transform a life. Won’t you help?
Thank you for all you do for our athletes.

Tim Martin, President and CEO

Chad Tywater, Chairman of the Board
Thank You
Official Partners:

H-E-B Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust
Knights of Columbus Texas State Council
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Texas
Lewis Food Town, Inc.

Donors ($10,000 and above):

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
Alpha Sigma Alpha
Amplex Corporation
Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield
Associated Air Center
Bell Helicopter Textron
Ben and Maytee Fisch Foundation
Benefit for Children
Tina Bentsen
Stephen Broad
Brumley Foundation
CH Foundation
Citgo Petroleum Corporation
City of Laredo
Coach Blair Charities
Communities Foundation of Texas
Community Foundation of Abilene
Cumulus Media, Inc.
David's Apparel
Dean Foods
Dell Inc.
Disney Foundation
Energy Transfer Partners
Essilor of America
GEICO Philanthropic Foundation
Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust
Albert Hill
Irving Police Department
Kathleen Connors Trust

Leg Up Entertainment
Lennox International Inc.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Employees
MD Anderson Foundation
Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc.
Michael Munchak
Newman's Own Foundation
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Permian Basin Area Foundation
Prime Controls Inc.
Professional Contract Services
Robinson Family Foundation Inc.
Sammons Corporation
Sam’s Club
SM Energy Company
Southwest Convenience Stores, LLC dba 7-Eleven
Spring Classic Police Motorcycle Training
TD Ameritrade Services Company, Inc.
The Alcon Foundation
The David B. Miller Family Foundation
The Ellwood Foundation
The George Foundation
The Ginger Murchison Foundation
The Greehey Family Foundation
The Grocers Supply Company, Inc.
The John G and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation
The M. S. Doss Foundation, Inc.
The Moody Foundation
The Rees-Jones Foundation
The USAA Foundation
Brad Tucker
UPS Foundation
Valero Energy Foundation
Valero Port Arthur Refinery
Vivian L. Smith Foundation
Wayne and Jo Ann Moore Charitable Foundation
Webb County
we promote dignity, equality, and opportunity for all people.