Special Olympics Texas Partners with My Kid Blooms

Offering the Community an Efficient Way of Connecting With Clinicians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : January 24, 2022

TEXAS -  Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) announces an official partnership with My Kid Blooms, a platform designed exclusively for licensed/registered Pediatric, OBGYN and Mental Health Professionals to connect with and educate families. This partnership will offer the SOTX community an efficient way of connecting with qualified clinicians who can meet their needs. In order to make searching and connecting easier, SOTX and My Kid Blooms have aggregated all the profiles of SOTX's Clinical Directors to empower the athletes and their caregivers to learn about the Clinical Directors during SOTX Events and throughout the entire year via links on sotx.org.

"Every time I work with an SOTX team member or read a Clinical Directors’ profile, I am reminded of the breadth of collective knowledge and goodwill in the SOTX Community. I can’t wait to see the entire SOTX Community come together soon and am grateful to be part of a new initiative in the Healthy Athletes Program!" said Dr. Allison Hall, who is a Pediatric Physical Therapist as well as the Founder & CEO of My Kid Blooms.

The news of this partnership directly supports the Special Olympics Texas Healthy Athletes programming. Healthy Athletes is a Special Olympics program that provides free health screenings in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the anxiety and trepidation people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a doctor or dentist. The Healthy Athletes program has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities. Facing increasing demand from families and athletes, the push to identify a simpler way to connect athletes with providers.

According to Samantha Devine, SOTX Statewide Health Programs Manager, "Special Olympics Texas is thrilled to partner with My Kid Blooms to provide a better approach for athletes and their families to choose the best clinician for them after attending a Healthy Athletes screening, as well as giving them access to a database full of clinicians all year long! This opportunity will give athletes and their families more control over their care by making it simpler for them to find and connect with the correct specialists. The debut of the follow-up referral desk will take place at the Healthy Athletes portion of Winter Games on February 18-19, 2022 in Bee Cave and Lakeway, Texas. We are excited to offer this resource to athletes, families, and coaches!"

The database is now live at https://www.mykidblooms.com/specialolympics-texas, where you can input your location or search by a variety of filters, including clinician type, insurance or self-pay, languages, availability, and more. 

For more information on SOTX Healthy Athletes or the partnership with My Kid Blooms, contact Samantha Devine, Special Olympics Texas Statewide Health Programs Manager at sdevine@sotx.org or by calling (737) 235-3438. 

For those interested in becoming a Clinical Director: Clinical Directors are responsible for working with their local Special Olympics Program and other volunteer health professionals in coordinating event screenings. Click here for full details. 

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.