Award will fund Special Olympics Texas health programs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : August 15, 2022
North Texas, August 15, 2022 - Special Olympics Texas today announced it was awarded a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® (HKHF) grant by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). The HKHF funding will support BCBSTX’s commitment to community-based organizations supporting children and families that focus on health and wellness and target impacts of socio-economic and social determinants of health, as well as economic opportunity.
The grant will focus on supporting Special Olympics Texas health programs within the North Region of Texas. Special Olympics Texas’ health programs aim to help improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of children and adults with intellectual disabilities by increasing wellness screenings and programs for Special Olympics athletes and individuals with ID. Athletes from the ages of 2+ will benefit from the increase in funding for programs such as Young Athletes, Healthy Athletes, Healthy LEAP, and FUNdamental Sports.
"We are always so thankful for a partner like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to come forward to help us achieve our health goals with the athletes of Special Olympics Texas. A large organization like that not only provides support, they also provide a sense of belonging to our athletes in the community and, for those opportunities, we are so grateful,” says Special Olympics Texas CEO Tim Martin.
Launched in 2011, HKHF started as a three-year project designed to improve the health and wellness of at least one million children through community investments. The program was extended as BCBSTX’s ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of the children and families across Texas.
"We are happy to award these grants that will support and nurture meaningful and transformational projects across Texas,” said Sheena Payne, BCBSTX’s director of Community Investments. “Strategically, it is also important that we continue to aid community-based organizations that are directly supporting children and families with health and wellness equity as well as building foundations for economic opportunity.”
The HKHF program – which centers on nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management and supporting safe environments – has awarded more than $20 million in funding since inception, and this year will impact the lives of more than 5 million children and adults in Texas.
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.