Volunteer Spotlight - Bette Channell


Bette Channell has been involved with Special Olympics Texas for more than 12 years. Bette began her volunteerism with Area 4 when she became an Adaptive Physcial Education Teacher. In 2001, she became a Special Olympics Coach and has not stopped since then. Bette coached AT, BB and BO for Alief ISD then left the district to become an APE staffer for the Harris County Department of Education Adaptive Physical Education Department.

This new position served children with very severe Autism, Intellectual Disabilities and Behavior Challenges. Bette worked with SOTX staff to develop a sports program to serve these individuals. Bette was extremely creative in developing sports programs by implementing MATP and modifying traditional sports. By developing this program, we were able to touch the lives of more than 100 students who would not have been able to experience Special Olympics otherwise. 

Bette has since moved to Sheldon ISD where she coaches Basketball, Athletics and Bowling. In 2013, they they will be starting a MATP in that district. Bette has grown this program much to the pleasure of the athletes and families. This year they had their first ever FULL COURT basketball team! 

Coaches like Bette help take Special Olympics participation to completely different level of experience for both the athlete and family involved.  She is always looking for new ways to help her athletes succeed. 

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.