Special Olympics Texas 11/15/2023 (scroll down to read the full details)

A Spotlight on our Athletes!

Midland, Tx

We had a blast on November 2, 2023 at the Breakfast of Champions in the Permian Basin. The morning began with the Honor Guard presented by the Midland County Sheriff's Office along with the LETR and athlete precession. Arianna Salas, the Abell Choir Director, did a beautiful job singing the National Anthem before Sheriff David Criner of Midland County Sheriffs Office gave an invocation to the breakfast. Jay Hendricks gave a warm welcome to the attendees and continued on to emcee the breakfast.

We were excited to hear from a Special Olympics Texas Unified Team - Robert Willard, Ethan Truijillo, and Axel Chavez, Special Olympics Texas Athlete - Ashton Crocker, SO College - Keaton Bentley, Gabriel Hernandez, and Steven Flores, LETR - Lieutenant Caleb Lacey from Odessa Police Department, and Community Partner - Tracee Bentley, President and CEO of the Permian Strategic Partnership.

Do you have photos from an event or good news you'd like to share with SOTX? Email your story to communications@sotx.org for a chance to be featured!

Texas Tennis Hall of Fame!

Cindy Benzon

Cindy Benzon, Community Services Coordinator, Adaptive and Wheelchair Tennis for USTA Texas, was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in Waco Saturday, November 11, along with three other Texans. Cindy has been a great support to Special Olympics Texas, and has been State Games tournament director for more than 15 years.

The name Cindy Benzon is synonymous with Adaptive Tennis, and it would not exist or thrive in Texas without Cindy’s involvement, not because it was in her job description but because it is in her heart to serve those with disabilities. -houstontennis.org

Book Character Day!

Seminary Hills Park Elementary School

Before Halloween, students all dressed up like a different book character, and did a parade around the school!

The Bad Seed by Jory John is the name of the book that the RISE class read and dressed up as for the parade! We are so proud of our #UnifiedGeneration!

Volunteering Spotlight!

The National Charity League, Inc., Bay Area Chapter

Special Olympics Texas would like to thank the NCL Bay Area Chapter for their volunteer support at the East Region volleyball competition!

Volunteers don't only support us at big state games, they show up and show out at regional and area competitions as well! Without their time, effort, and selfless support, competitions wouldn't run nearly as smoothly. Thank you, volunteers!

Good News in the RGV!

Getting the Ball Rolling...

Hildalgo High School

Hidalgo High School participated in Area Bowling Unified Doubles for the second year in a row, to bring a total of six Unified Doubles to compete! Hidalgo High School is in its fifth year as a Partner for Inclusion, and has increased the quantity of Unified Doubles participants.

Area Competition!

The Rio Grande Valley Area of Special Olympics Texas has welcomed Bowling Team(s) for the first time at Area Competition. The team(s) are from IDEA North Mission College Prep, in their first year of becoming Partners for Inclusion this year. They brought out four teams and two doubles teams to compete at Area Bowling Competition on Tuesday, Nov 7, 2023, and have brought out the idea to incorporate the Ramp in Bowling Team Competition.

2024 All American Bowl!

Ticket Request Link Below

Special Olympics Texas has received tickets to distribute to any of our athletes, coaches, delegations, families and any of our SOTX supporters at no charge. the 2024 All American Bowl scheduled for January 6th, 2024 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Kickoff for the game is at 12pm noon. Please complete the survey below for your group to request as many tickets that you all will need. Please have 1 per person per group complete this survey.

Tickets will be picked up at the SOTX outreach booth at the entrance of the Alamodome on the day of the event. More information will be provided closer to the event for those who reserve tickets.

Coming Up...

A Busy November

We can't wait for all of the exciting events, competitions, and fun that Special Olympics Texas has planned for November and beyond! Don't miss out on ANY of the excitement. Head over to our website and check out our events calendar by clicking the button below!

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