Special Olympics Texas - Big Country Area Receives Community Foundation of Abilene Grant to Fund Meet in the Middle Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : November 30, 2015


Steve Helm – Public Relations Coordinator, Special Olympics Texas

800.876.5646, ext. 2925 (office); 267.421.3911 (cell – media only); shelm@sotx.org

ABILENE – Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) – Big Country Area is proud to announce that it has received a grant in the value of $10,000 from the Community Foundation of Abilene. The funds will support SOTX’s Meet in the Middle (MiM) program in the Abilene area. The Community Foundation of Abilene has made generous efforts to supported SOTX athletes in recent years, as it awarded a $3,100 grant in 2013 and a $5,000 grant in 2014 to support more than 1,100 SOTX athletes in the area.

MiM is a unique program that is changing the lives of students throughout Texas. Since 2008 the U.S. Department of Education, through Special Olympics, Inc., has awarded funds to SOTX to implement MiM in schools, promoting acceptance and inclusion among students with and without intellectual disabilities. Set in a fun, interactive, Unified environment, participants engage in advocacy, friendship, fitness, and sports opportunities – together.

The Community Foundation of Abilene collects, invests and administers charitable endowments for the benefit of our community.  The organization makes grants that make its community better.

The Community Foundation of Abilene is a permanent collection of charitable funds supported by the general public and serving the greater Abilene region. The Foundation serves the entire community by raising, managing and distributing funds for charitable purposes. In many cases, contributions are pooled and invested, so that the earnings provide a permanent source of grant monies for general or specific purposes.  Learn more at www.cfabilene.org

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.