Cavender’s to Sell Paper Torches at the Register to Support Special Olympics Texas Athletes


TEXAS –  Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is excited to announce the 6th annual paper torch campaign with Cavender’s. Each of Cavender’s 57 Texas stores will have paper torches available for purchase (for $1, $5 or $10) at the checkout counter July 12 - August 8, 2021. Each torch can be personalized with the buyer’s name or the name of a loved one they want to honor.

Though Special Olympics Texas athletes are beginning to return to the play and competition, there is still a need for increased health and safety protocols. Funds raised will go toward providing high-quality sports competition and training, as well as virtual opportunities and additional health safety protocols, for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the state.

Special Olympics Texas Corporate Relations Director Nia Simmons stated, "we are absolutely thrilled to be working with Cavender's again this year! They have been so consistent in their support even during uncertain times. Special Olympics Texas is forever grateful”.

The cowboy boot and western wear retailer has been a generous supporter of SOTX since 2015. Cavender’s has conducted this campaign since 2015 and has raised nearly $125,000 over 6 years.

In addition to the Paper Torch Campaign, Cavender’s has been the presenting sponsor for SOTX’s statewide Equestrian Competition for many years, which is annually held in May at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan for nearly 200 athletes. 


Cavender’s is a family owned and operated western wear retailer based in Texas with 90 stores located across 13 states. Founded by James R. and Pat Cavender in 1965 in Pittsburg, Texas, Cavender’s remains a family operation, with sons Joe, Mike and Clay Cavender involved in the day-to-day operations. The family lives the western lifestyle, operating three working ranches in Texas with registered Brangus and Charolais cattle. To find store locations or to shop online, visit
For more information on Cavender's, contact Jennifer Green at (903) 714-8045, or visit For more information about Cavender’s Ranches or cattle purchases, contact the ranch headquarters at 903-876-3360

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;;