Statement on Bellaire Police Officer Anthony Marco Zarate


“Yesterday, the athletes and families of Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) lost a great friend and supporter, Officer Anthony Marco Zarate of the Bellaire Police Department. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, three daughters and the rest of his family and the Bellaire Police Department. Officer Zarate was a devoted member of our Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), a group that raises more than $1 million per year to fund athletic programs for more than 55,000 Texans with intellectual disabilities. During the last five years, Officer Zarate helped with every LETR fundraiser that was held in the Houston area, including Tip A Cop events, and participated in the annual statewide torch run to Arlington for the statewide SOTX Summer Games.  He truly loved our athletes and felt honored to be a tiny part of their successes, accomplishments and celebrations. We are stunned to hear of this tragic incident and we will greatly miss Officer Zarate.” 

Doug Ray – Senior Development Director, Special Olympics Texas
214.943.9981 (office); 214.546.9432 (cell – media only);

Steve Helm – Public Relations Coordinator, Special Olympics Texas

800.876.5646, ext. 2925 (office); 267.421.3911 (cell – media only);

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 or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas;;