Volunteer Spotlight - Arturo Rodriguez

Arturo Rodriguez


Arturo Rodriguez became a Meet in the Middle participant in the 7th grade and he has not missed a practice, meet or event since joining.

He has touched every athlete, volunteer, coach, parent and person he meets.  We knew Arturo was awesome individual, but his selfless acts were demonstrated while playing kickball and he took it upon himself to run in front of another Special Olympics Texas athlete so he could not be thrown out.  It brought tears to many eyes and a smile to others.  Arturo has brought many smiles to every athlete.  He makes sure everyone is taken care of, encourages them, but knows when they are "slacking". 

He was allowed to attend the State tournament as one of the first Meet in Middle participants along with Miriah Lopez.  We truly were amazed by his dedication to the team.  He washed the clothes every night, made sure the kids had their uniforms on before the end of the night, let them eat first and made sure all their needs were met.  He was always surrounded by the kids and he kept us laughing for 8 hours. 

I truly believe he has the "gift" that we look for in every kid we meet.  His gift is making everyone’s life a little bit easier, filled with more laughter and has you feeling like you are the most important person in his life.  Special Olympics Texas has a friend for life and one outstanding volunteer!

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.