Press Releases

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Gracie Hunt to Compete in the Miss USA 2021

November 19, 2021

Special Olympics Champion Ambassador, Gracie Hunt, set to Compete in Tulsa, Oklahoma later this month in the Miss USA 2021 Competition

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Special Olympics Texas North Region Hosts Inaugural Regional Fall Games

October 12, 2021

The first in-person event in over 18 months expects to draw over 400 athletes and Unified partners, hundreds of volunteers

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Special Olympics Texas – Breakfast with Champions Austin

October 01, 2021

Special Olympics Texas – Breakfast with Champions Austin (Thanking our sponsors).

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Pandemic Causes Special Olympics Texas To Postpone 2021 Summer Games at Morgan’s Wonderland

August 31, 2021

Officials of Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) announced today that the 2021 Summer Games scheduled at Morgan’s Wonderland for Sept. 18-21 have been postponed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Special Olympics Texas Needs Volunteers for 2021 Summer Games at Morgan’s Wonderland

August 09, 2021

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is looking for a few good volunteers. “Actually, we’re seeking approximately 3,000 volunteers for SOTX’s 2021 Summer Games that will be held Sept. 19 through 21 at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio – Inclusion City, USA,” said Jennifer Brown, SOTX volunteer services manager. “This is such a wonderful, inspiring event, so we anticipate volunteer slots will fill up fast on a first-come, first-served basis.”

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Special Olympics Texas – Breakfast with Champions Austin

August 08, 2021

Austin, TX 8/9/2021– This October, Special OIympics Texas will host an inspirational morning to celebrate Special Olympic athletes’ achievements and successes at the Breakfast with Champions. The Austin celebration raises awareness and funds for those with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics Breakfast with Champions will take place Friday, October 22nd at the Austin Renaissance Hotel. Donations from the event will support Special Olympic athletes’ participation in programs such as Unified Champion Schools, athletic events, access to health care and more. Funds raised help athletes like Morgan Collins. Morgan is an outstanding Special Olympics Texas athlete competing in track and field, flag football, softball, and many more. More than that, he is a leader. Having participated in Special Olympics Global Messenger Program and Hill Day, he advocates on behalf of his fellow teammates for further inclusion in the community. “As we come back together there is no better way to celebrate the human spirit and to get re-energized than to come and see the heroes at Special Olympics tell their amazing stories,” said Tim Martin, CEO.  The Austin community is invited to participate in the event, which will feature Special Olympic speakers, and our Masters of Ceremonies Connor Saeli. Registration is free and can be found on our website www.sotx.org. For more information, to make a donation, volunteer or register, https://bit.ly/BWC_Austin

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

August 04, 2021

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.

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Special Olympics Texas Extends Vaccine Registration Deadline

March 29, 2021

Registration deadline extended to Monday 3/29 at midnight CST

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Vaccines Available for SOTX

March 19, 2021

Vaccine appointments are currently available for Special Olympics Texas athletes, coaches, SOTX Family, Volunteers, and Unified Partners over the age of 18

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Special Olympics Texas Names Dr. Kathryn Kemere its Golisano Health Leadership Award Honoree

March 13, 2021

Dr. Kemere receives Texas' top Special Olympics health honor for her contributions toward inclusive health

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Special Olympics Texas Reschedules 2021 Summer Games at Morgan's Wonderland

February 23, 2021

Officials of Special Olympics Texas announces that Summer Games at Morgan's Wonderland have been rescheduled for Sept. 19-22

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Special Olympics Texas Delegates Make Virtual Visit to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Inclusion and Need for Critical Funding

February 12, 2021

Special Olympics Texas Delegates Make Virtual Visit to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Inclusion and Need for Critical Funding

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Pandemic Causes Special Olympics Texas to Postpone 2021 Summer Games at Morgan's Wonderland

January 26, 2021

Officials of Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) announced today that the 2021 Summer Games scheduled at Morgan’s Wonderland for April 29-May 2 have been postponed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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J.M. Hanks High School Special Olympics Texas Unified Floorball Team to compete on behalf of Special Olympics USA in the Winter World Games

January 25, 2021

J.M. Hanks High School Special Olympics Texas Unified Floorball Team to compete on behalf of Special Olympics USA in the Winter World Games taking place in Kazan, Russia in 2022.

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Partnership between United Healthcare and Special Olympics Texas

November 12, 2020

With COVID-19, Special Olympics Texas released a program called S.O. Connected to provide a virtual-platform to engage with our community. With sponsorship from United Healthcare, the S.O. Connected program has been able to engage thousands of athletes every day.

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Austin FC partners with Special Olympics Texas

October 29, 2020

Austin FC will partner with Special Olympics Texas to create a Unified team that will allow them to participate in the MLS Unified Program.

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Breakfast With Champions (Houston) Goes Virtual

September 30, 2020

Join us virtually for this inspiring event on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 9 am

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Toyota North America Named Corporate Partner of the Year at D CEO Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards

August 28, 2020

Toyota North America supports local and statewide events through volunteerism, including providing about one hundred volunteers at SOTX Summer Games in San Antonio and another one hundred volunteers at area bowling competitions in Dallas, as well as allowed Special Olympics Texas staff to be more mobile and visible in our communities.

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Special Olympics Selects Kazan, Russia to Host Landmark World Winter Games in 2022

July 08, 2020

• 2,000 athletes will challenge the world to embrace inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities • Games’ legacy will see significant growth in athlete numbers as well as broad community impact across Russian society

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Cavender's July Paper Torch Campaign 2020

June 30, 2020

Head into your local Texas Cavender's store to support SOTX Athletes by purchasing a paper torch!

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Special Olympics Texas launches S.O. Connected

March 25, 2020

Special Olympics Texas unveils a new online platform for its athletes in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), which caused the suspension of SOTX competitions and practices through May 31, 2020.

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Special Olympics and Best Buddies build global movement to promote inclusion

March 03, 2020

More than 200 million individuals with intellectual disabilities continue to face exclusion in workplaces, schools and communities around the world. Special Olympics and Best Buddies are championing the success of ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ into Spread the Word: Inclusion to combat this discrimination.The campaign calls on people to take concrete action to include others-- tweet this pledge on March 4th: I #PledgetoInclude thru my words and actions. Will you? Pledge now to promote inclusion at http://spreadtheword.global

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Hendrickson High School to receive national recognition from Special Olympics

February 25, 2020

On March 9th, 2020 Special Olympics and ESPN will recognize Hendrickson HS in Pflugerville ISD for their outstanding accomplishments in the Inclusion Revolution!

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Unified Sports Basketball Tournament

February 03, 2020

Southwest High School is hosting the first ever Unified Basketball tournament for FWISD on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Southwest High School (4100 Altamesa Blvd., Fort Worth, TX). Basketball teams will consist of Special Olympics athletes (Students with intellectual disabilities or Autism) as well as General Education athletes (typical developing students) playing on the same team.

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Texas Schools Bringing the Focus to Student’s Health and Wellness with Healthy LEAP Program

January 24, 2020

Schools across Texas are utilizing Special Olympics’ Healthy LEAP programming to teach students about living healthy lifestyles and nutrition.

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City of Shenandoah and NCAA Announce the Return of the Stagg Bowl to Shenandoah, December 17-20

December 15, 2019

City of Shenandoah and NCAA Announce the Return of the Stagg Bowl to Shenandoah, Texas. There will be participation from Special Olympics Texas athletes/coaches and a portion of all proceeds will benefit SOTX.

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Register to Volunteer for Area 06 SOTX Bowling Competition

December 05, 2019

Almost 600 Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) Athletes, Unified Partners & Coaches, along with their families will come together for our Area Bowling Competition.

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UIL

November 15, 2019

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) of Texas and Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) are set to pilot new regulations that will allow Unified programming (that which includes students with and without intellectual disabilities participating together in activities and life) to be UIL sanctioned across the state of Texas.

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SOTX Celebrates 2019 State Flag Football Competition

November 08, 2019

Games take place starting December 13th

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Meet Global Ambassadors: Kaela Davis and Michael Gallup

September 20, 2019

Kaela Davis and Michael Gallup join us.

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Breakfast With Champions Returns to Austin

September 09, 2019

Join us for this inspiring event on Friday, October 18, 2019

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Over the Edge Fundraiser Returns to Dallas & Houston

August 19, 2019

Over the Edge is coming soon—we invite you to go all out in a thrilling fundraiser.

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The Community Foundation of Abilene Continually Supports Special Olympics Texas

July 19, 2019

The Community Foundation of Abilene has been instrumental in our Big Country Area program. For the past 14 years, the Foundation has graciously awarded SOTX with over $65,000.

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

July 10, 2019

Throughout the month of July, Cavender’s will sell paper torches at each of its Texas stores to symbolize its support for Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes. The paper torches will be available for purchase for 1, 5 or 10 dollars at the checkout counter and can be personalized with the buyer’s name or the name of a loved one they want to honor.

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Special Olympics Texas To Launch 2019 Summer Games in San Antonio With Colorful Opening Ceremonies

April 30, 2019

Special Olympics Texas To Launch 2019 Summer Games in San Antonio With Colorful Opening Ceremonies.

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Healthy Athletes at the 2019 Summer Games

April 12, 2019

Special Olympics Texas 2019 Summer Games in San Antonio To Offer Free Health Screenings in Conjunction With Healthy Athletes Program

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Made to Matter

April 11, 2019

Celebrity Event Hosts will join this fundraiser.

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Actress and Activist Eva Longoria To Emcee Summer Games Opening Ceremonies

April 08, 2019

Native Texan, actress, producer, director and activist Eva Longoria will emcee opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) 2019 Summer Games on Friday, May 3, at Toyota Field in San Antonio.

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Area Competition

March 31, 2019

Our athletes featured in the Brownsville Herald, by Miguel Roberts.

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Youth Leadership Experience at Morgan’s Wonderland

March 21, 2019

San Antonio, Texas – In conjunction with the 2019 Summer Games in San Antonio, Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) will host approximately 150 high school students with and without intellectual disabilities to its first Youth Leadership Experience (YLE), May 3 and 4.

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Coastal Bend Community Foundation Awards SOTX $7,500 for Corpus Christi Athletes

March 01, 2019

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –The Coastal Bend Community Foundation has awarded Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) a $7,500 grant to support athletes in the Corpus Christi area. The grant funds will provide sports programming and training for 50 children and adults with intellectual disabilities from the Corpus Christi area in 2019.

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SOTX Receives Community Foundation of West Texas Grant

January 04, 2019

South Plains Area has received a $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation of West Texas. The grant will sponsor 33 SOTX athletes over 15 counties in the West Texas area, providing funds for local training and competition opportunities.

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Bocce, Golf, & Softball Gets Cancelled for Fall Classic 2018

October 16, 2018

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has decided that due to inclement weather, field conditions, and safety concerns, all outdoor events have been cancelled which includes Bocce, Golf, and Softball. The Aquatics competition will still take place as planned. Ellie Moulds, the Director of Competition and Games stated, "our first concern is for the safety of our athletes, coaches, and volunteers."

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Morgan's Wonderland to Host the 2019 Summer Games

October 02, 2018

San Antonio - Special Olympics Texas' (SOTX) 50th Annual Summer Games will be making the move to San Antonio and hosted by Morgan's Wonderland and held at area venues from May 2, 2019 - May 5, 2019. All events are free and open to the public. The four-day event is SOTX's largest competition of the year, featuring close to 3,000 athletes from all around the state of Texas. Tim Martin (SOTX President & CEO) announced this extraordinary news today at a joint press conference.

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LETR Tops $27 Million for SOTX

March 28, 2018

Members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) have raised more than $27.2 million to support Special Olympics Texas programs for Texas children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Special Olympics Texas Names New President & CEO

February 06, 2018

Austin, TX - The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Texas is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Tim Martin as its new President and Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Texas (SOTX).

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SOTX Awarded $3,000 Grant from Community Foundation of West Texas

December 14, 2017

The Community Foundation of West Texas has awarded Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) a $3,000 grant to support athletes in the South Plains area. The grant funds will provide sports programming and training for 30 children and adults with intellectual disabilities from the South Plains area in 2017

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Herzstein Foundation Awards Grant to SOTX

November 08, 2017

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation to help fund training, competitions and programming for athletes in the Greater Houston Area, which serves 9,889 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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SOTX Awarded $7,500 from Coastal Bend Community Foundation

November 08, 2017

The Coastal Bend Community Foundation has awarded Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) a $7,500 grant to support athletes in the Corpus Christi area. The grant funds will provide sports programming and training for 50 children and adults with intellectual disabilities from the Corpus Christi area in 2017

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SOTX Awarded $7,500 Grant from Coastal Bend Community Foundation

November 08, 2017

The Coastal Bend Community Foundation has awarded Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) a $7,500 grant to support athletes in the Corpus Christi area. The grant funds will provide sports programming and training for 50 children and adults with intellectual disabilities from the Corpus Christi area in 2017

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SOTX Faces Financial Hardship Due to Hurricane Harvey

September 27, 2017

Hurricane Harvey's aftermath has forced Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) to cancel and postpone several competitions and fundraisers not only in the affected Houston and Coastal Bend areas, but across the state of Texas. Due to the significant loss of income from those fundraising events, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is forecasting a shortfall of hundreds of thousands of dollars for its 2017 budget and it is now asking for the public's help.

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SOTX Announces 2017 Athletes, Coach & Unified Partner of the Year

September 25, 2017

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced the winners of its statewide Athletes, Unified Partner and Coach of the Year awards on Sept. 25. All will be formally honored during an awards ceremony in College Station on Oct. 13.

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SOTX Works to Track Down Members Affected by Harvey

September 01, 2017

All affected members, if able, are urged to visit www.sotx.org/harvey to provide a quick update on their whereabouts and how the storm has impacted them, so that the organization can devise ways to provide aid.

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Area 2 Awarded $5,000 Grant from The Kenedy Memorial Foundation

June 28, 2017

The John G. and Marie Kenedy Memorial Foundation has awarded Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) a $5,000 grant to support athletes in the South Texas area. The grant funds will provide operational support for SOTX programming in Corpus Christi.

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Organizational Change for Special Olympics Texas

June 22, 2017

After 22 years of service to Special Olympics Texas, Margaret Larsen's last day as President and CEO of Special Olympics Texas was June 19, 2017. Suzanne Anderson, SOTX Senior Vice President of Field Services, has been named the interim CEO until a permanent CEO is named.

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The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation Awards Grant to Area 12

June 01, 2017

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $18,104 from The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation to help fund training, competitions and programming for athletes in the Heart of Texas Area, which serves 1,063 children and adults with intellectual disabilities across Waco and 12 surrounding counties, including McLennan County.

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Special Olympics Texas Receives $3,000 Grant from Wells Fargo

May 10, 2017

Special Olympics Texas' (SOTX) has received a $3,000 grant from Wells Fargo to help fund training, competitions and programming for athletes in the Greater El Paso

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Annual State Torch Run to Arlington Kicks Off May 2 at Texas State Capitol

April 28, 2017

Annual statewide torch run to Arlington for Special Olympics Texas' Summer Games kickoff event; Program is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. on the South Steps of Texas State Capitol.

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Bell Helicopter Awards SOTX with $15,000 Grant

April 20, 2017

The grant will help fund local trainings, competitions and programming during the 2017 fiscal year

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Austin Community Foundation Awards Grant to SOTX

March 28, 2017

The grant will sponsor 33 SOTX athletes in the Central Texas Area, providing funds for local training and competition opportunities.

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Ian Rawn Media Availability - March 28, 2017

March 27, 2017

SOTX's only World Games competitor will be available for interviews and photos on Tuesday at the Dr. Pepper StarCetnter in Plano

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Special Olympics Texas Receives $40,000 Grant from Newman's Own Foundation

March 09, 2017

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has received a $40,000 grant from Newman's Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman.

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UnitedHealthcare's Don Langer Elected to Board of Directors

February 15, 2017

Don Langer (Houston), the CEO for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas, has been elected to Special Olympics Texas' (SOTX) board of directors, the non-profit organization announced Wednesday. He will serve a two-year term in an at-large position on the board.

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SOTX to Offer Athletes Seven Free Health Screenings at 2017 Winter Games

February 01, 2017

All Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes will have the opportunity to receive up to seven free healthcare screenings during this weekend's statewide Winter Games in Austin. The free screenings, provided Healthy Athletes', the world's largest provider of medical services to people with intellectual disabilities, are scheduled to run Friday, Feb. 3 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 4 (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) at Norris Conference Center (2525 W Anderson Ln #365, Austin, TX 78757). Health insurance is not required

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SOTX Releases Findings of Landmark Research

January 24, 2017

In the largest study to date of people with intellectual disabilities and their families, researchers found that Special Olympics Texas leads the nation in the employment of athletes with intellectual disabilities in competitive environments. The study also showed that children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities experience a significant improvement in self-esteem through participating in Special Olympics in the Lone Star State. The findings of the research were released today.

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SOTX to Release Findings of Landmark Study at State Capitol on Tuesday

January 23, 2017

Special Olympics Texas will hold a press briefing on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Texas State Capitol to announce the findings of a landmark study, conducted by the Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The announcement will be made at 10:00 a.m. in the Speaker's Committee Room (2W.6).

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SOTX to Release Findings of Landmark Study at State Capitol on Tuesday

January 23, 2017

Special Olympics Texas will hold a press briefing on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Texas State Capitol to announce the findings of a landmark study, conducted by the Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The announcement will be made at 10:00 a.m. in the Speaker's Committee Room (2W.6).

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2017 Board of Directors Promotions & Newcomers Announced

January 09, 2017

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) President & CEO Margaret Larsen announced that the non-profit organization's Board of Directors has promoted four existing members, while electing three new members

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Volunteers Needed at 2017 Winter Games in Austin

January 05, 2017

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) will host its 24th annual Winter Games, a statewide Bowling, Powerlifting and Volleyball competition for nearly 2,700 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The event will commence with the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 2 and the Games will run from Feb. 3-5 at several venues across the Central Texas area. Volunteers are heavily needed to assist with various duties at all competition events.

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SOTX Marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Sharing Ian Rawn's Story of Achievement

December 01, 2016

In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3), Plano's Ian Rawn shares achievements on his road to Austria for the World Winter Games. International Day of Persons with Disabilities coincides with 100-Days Out to 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria

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Special Olympics Texas Receives $5,000 from Community Foundation of West Texas

November 18, 2016

South Plains Area has received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of West Texas. The grant will sponsor 33 SOTX athletes over 15 counties in the West Texas area, providing funds for local training and competition opportunities.

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SOTX Presents 2016 Volunteer Awards

September 29, 2016

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced the recipients of its annual statewide Volunteer Awards on Thursday. The non-profit organization presented five awards for different volunteer categories. Renae Carswell (Lewisville) was crowned its Volunteer of the Year award, Bryan Police Department's Sgt. Jason James (Bryan) was named the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for Fundraising, Laurie Martin (Saint Jo) received the award for Trainer of the Year, Jim Domer (Lewisville) earned Unified Partner of the Year accolades and Rob, Lori, Kyle and Ryan Mehnert (Carrollton) were dubbed Family of the Year.

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SOTX Announces 2016 Outstanding Service Award Winners

September 28, 2016

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced its annual statewide Outstanding Service Awards on Wednesday. Four winners were selected for different categories, including: FC Dallas for a Business/Corporation, Houston Bar Association for a Civic or Service Organization, KSAT 12 sports director Greg Simmons for a Community Leader and San Antonio resident Gwenda Taggart for Outreach.

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SOTX to Celebrate Seventh Annual Global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day

September 16, 2016

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) will join Special Olympics chapters around the world on Saturday, Sept. 24 in celebrating the global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS Day) to commemorate the life, mission and accomplishments of its founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. SOTX encourages everyone to act in honor of Eunice Kennedy Shriver by promoting inclusion in local communities and supporting its athletes as they compete in various events across the entire state. Individuals and families who have no prior involvement with Special Olympics are urged to come to any of the events and participate

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Cavender's to Present $10,000 Check to Special Olympics Texas

September 08, 2016

Cavender's will present a $10,000 check to Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) at its South Austin store (4435 S Lamar Blvd.) on Monday, Sept. 12 at 10:00 a.m. The funds being presented were raised through an in-store promotion, which ran during the month of July, as Cavender's sold $1 paper torches at each of its 51 stores, enabling its customers an opportunity to pledge their support for SOTX. The monies raised will completely fund one full year's worth of SOTX programming and training for more than 65 children and adults with intellectual disabilities across Texas.

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Special Olympics Texas Awarded $2,600 Grant from Coastal Bend Community Foundation

September 08, 2016

The Coastal Bend Community Foundation has awarded Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) a $2,600 grant to support athletes in the Corpus Christi area. The grant funds will provide sports programming and training for more than 17 children and adults with intellectual disabilities from the Corpus Christi area for one full year. Since 2002, the foundation has contributed $90,100 to SOTX, helping the organization continue programming for athletes in the Aransas, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio counties.

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown Named Honorary Chairman of Over the Edge Fundraiser for Special Olympics Texas

August 25, 2016

Dallas Police Chief David Brown will serve as the Honorary Chairman for Special Olympics Texas' (SOTX) upcoming Over the Edge (OTE) fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Oak Cliff Tower in downtown Dallas. Registration to rappel down the 15-story building is now open and can be completed online. Slots are limited.

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Half of All DFW-Area Chipotle Mexican Grill Sales to Benefit Special Olympics Texas on August 18

August 11, 2016

All 65 Dallas-Ft. Worth-area Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants will be vying to "Cause an Effect," on Thursday, Aug. 18, as patrons have the opportunity to donate 50 percent of their meal sale to Special Olympics Texas (SOTX).

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Statement on Bellaire Police Officer Anthony Marco Zarate

July 13, 2016

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.

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Law Enforcement Torch Run for SOTX Inducts Pair of Longtime Members into Hall of Fame

July 11, 2016

A pair of Texas public safety officials have been recognized for the community service they perform outside of their everyday jobs. The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has announced the members of its 2016 Hall of Fame class. Ector County ISD Police Officer Freddy Nayloa and former Addison Police Sergeant Brad Freis have been tabbed with the honor and were formally enshrined on May 26 during a ceremony held at UT-Arlington in conjunction with SOTX's 47th annual Summer Games

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SOTX - Big Country Area Receives Grant from San Angelo Area Foundation

July 08, 2016

ABILENE - Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) - Big Country Area has received a grant in the amount of $7,500 from the San Angelo Area Foundation. The grant, which is the first contribution the community foundation has presented to SOTX, will assist with programming costs for SOTX athletes in the San Angelo area.

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DFW Figure Skater Ian Rawn Selected to Compete in 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria

July 06, 2016

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athlete Ian Rawn (Plano, TX) has been selected to compete in Figure Skating at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, which will be held March 14-25, 2017 in Graz, Schladming, Ramsau and Styria. The Plano resident will be the lone Texan representing his country on Special Olympics USA at the 2017 Games.

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