Volunteer Spotlight: Area 12

Major Mark Dibrell


Major Mark Dibrell has been involved with Special Olympics Texas since 1999, when a fellow teacher at his school asked him to bring his Jr ROTC cadets to help out with a local meet.  As a result, Major says “I got hooked early”.   Every year at Connally High School where he is in charge of the Air Force ROTC program, he and his cadets organize and run a local basketball tournament and track & field meet at the school.  He serves on the Spring Games planning committee and on the day of the event he and his cadets are kept busy serving as the equipment team.  When Equestrian competition comes around, he takes his cadets to present the Colors during Opening Ceremonies.  Although Major loves his job, he states that if possible he wishes he could do community service projects full time because he gets  a sense of fulfillment when doing so.  Early in his Air Force career he flew B-51 bombers, but now his passion is riding his Harley whenever he can.

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 58,800 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.