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November 16, 2020
Name: Detective Loraine Franco Department: Galveston Police Department (GPD) Number of Years in Law Enforcement: 17 I was a patrol officer for fourteen years before being moved to the Crime Scene Unit where I processed crime scenes from ...

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November 03, 2020
There's a new free neighborhood food pantry on the West Side of San Antonio, organized by 10-year-old SOTX Athlete Aeris McLeland.

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November 03, 2020
Karina had positive interactions with the Student Resource Officers (SROs) and now, she is grateful for the opportunity to see them again and interact in a professional space because of her job. “My elementary, middle, and high school SROs are still here. School-wise, I was office aid. You see them on a different level and realize they are there to help the kids succeed. They’re cheering you on on the sidelines regardless of what you choose to do,” she said. Once she finishes nursing school, Karina wants to be an elementary school nurse.

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October 26, 2020
Sergeant Ira Carter has known for a while that he needed to seek a career path that included service to others. “I always wanted to play sports and protect and serve. I wanted to give back to the community and show the community that there were any African American officers. Even though there’s a stigma about the job, we too can do it and do it well too... I love being able to bring awareness to things people don’t know about. My favorite is being able to help,” he said.

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October 20, 2020
While dealing with people on a daily basis, Chance said he, “tries to see people as people and treat everyone as a person and not their physical appearance …. Treating others the way I would want to be treated. How would I want my wife, father, or sons to be treated? Being upfront and honest takes a lot of the variables out.” Chance said

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October 13, 2020
Coach Allen sets a high bar for Dylan through attainable goals and encouragement and is always there to give him a high five and cheer him on.

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October 13, 2020
“If I could give our athletes encouragement, I’d say, keep training and stay positive. We are going to get through this. Stay at it and stay healthy. We are looking forward to when we can have events again. I know so many athletes now, if I miss someone I’d be in trouble. I miss everyone: athletes, officers, coaches, and staff who help coordinate. I’ve been keeping up with some athletes online, it is good to still be able to interact with them virtually", said Senior Deputy Michelle Walter.

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October 06, 2020
Officer Terry Qualls started his journey with SOTX 27 years ago with his daughter, Alex. Terry has coached soccer, softball, basketball, and track, and field.

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September 29, 2020
Speaking on Summer Games, Joe said "My group and I ran into the stadium, packed with people. There were hundreds of athletes there waiting to compete. They’re my superheroes,” he said with a grin. This experience was his favorite of all!

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September 29, 2020
Pinch A Penny is truly committed to helping athletes of all walks of life enjoy the sport of swimming and are proud partners of SOTX!

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September 22, 2020
“I love my community. There’s no secret there. I’m blessed to work side by side with the best department. I appreciate SOTX athletes and families for sticking with us side by side.” - Chief Scesney

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September 15, 2020
Of working with SOTX, Adkins said, “Special Olympics has become so personal. My son participates, and it’s starting to become a generational thing. I get so much encouragement, it motivates me to do more.”

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September 08, 2020
Athletes, “This is going to pass, and we are going to get back to normal. We all look forward to the day when we can get together. After a day of spending time with the you all, officers come back with smiles on their faces and more relaxed than before,” Salvaggio explains.

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September 01, 2020
Office SIsk is heavily involved with LETR and the Special Olympics. “I have more LETR shirts than I know how to count. It’s kind of a tradition to wear the one with the big Texas flag when I go out to conferences. It’s a conversation starter. When I retire I’m going to learn how to sow and make a blanket out of them,” Sisk claimed.

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August 24, 2020
We got a chance to catch up with Commander Mirabelle of the Pflugerville PD! According to Mirabelle, “The pairing between Special Olympics athletes and officers is special because we see so much negativity on a day to day basis, but when we hang out with our athletes, they make us smile, they see all of the good in the world, and they turn our day around."

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July 30, 2020
SOTX Boots and Hats Day was held on July 28, supporting the Paper Torch Campaign at Cavender's stores around the state of Texas.

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July 15, 2020
Click here to see all the photo submissions from this event! It was incredible to see all the athlete photo and video submissions from our first ever Virtual Summer Games! While we would have loved to have been together in person, this was a really...

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June 16, 2020
SOTX Gives Back is an initiative by which SOTX staff get out into their local communities and help those in need!

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May 18, 2020
Area 19 LETR Robert Cardenas from El Paso, Texas, LETR Spotlight

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May 07, 2020
Area 19, Coach/HOD, Rosa Loya, El Paso, Texas Coach/HOD Spotlight

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May 05, 2020
The Special Olympics Texas tribute a fallen member of LETR.

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May 05, 2020
Area 14, Coach, Kami Dodds, Brady, Texas, Coach Spotlight

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April 30, 2020
Area 14, Joshua DeLuna from Abilene, Texas Athlete Spotlight

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April 28, 2020
Area 16 LETR SGT. Carla Burr from Amarillo, Texas, LETR Spotlight

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April 22, 2020
Today is National Administrative Appreciation Day. In honor of our administrators out here in the Wild West Region of Texas, we are taking this opportunity to thank our administrators for all the hard work they do! Without our awesome administrators we wouldn't be able to make all our goals a reality!

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April 21, 2020
Area 19 Athlete Giselle Cervantes from El Paso, Texas, Athlete Spotlight

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April 16, 2020
Area 17 Athlete Mary Berry from Lubbock, Texas, Athlete Spotlight

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April 14, 2020
Area 14 Athlete Jonathan Hyer from Abilene, Texas with the Abilene Mustangs, Athlete Spotlight

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April 09, 2020
Area 18 Athlete Marcus Ruis from Odessa Texas Athlete Spotlight

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March 26, 2020
Justin DuBose, a member of The Warriors of The Woodlands, has won 92 gold medals, 20 silver, and 11 bronze in SOTX competitions in the seven years that he has competed, mostly in athletics and aquatics. He swims the 400M freestyle, 200M backstroke, ...

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March 25, 2020
Welcome to the Revolution. It's our all-new podcast - listen in!

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March 13, 2020
On Monday March 9, 2020 Hendrickson High School was awarded with a banner of national recognition for their work in the inclusion revolution as well as placing in the top 5 on ESPN's national honor roll program. Photography credit: Mercedes Morgan Photography

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March 09, 2020
Special Olympics Texas is suspending all sport training and competition activities and other activations involving our athletes through [updated] May 31st, 2020, at which time the situation will be reevaluated. This includes State Basketball. Select,...

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January 24, 2020
Healthy LEAP (Lifestyle Education and Practice) is a series of health, nutrition, fitness, safety and injury prevention lessons and practical applications created specifically for youth and adults with and without intellectual disabilities.

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December 23, 2019
Special thanks to Kit Flynn for the photography at this event!

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November 25, 2019
The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program is expanding across the state of Texas in 2020!

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September 10, 2019
ESPN recently reviewed the top 5 exemplary schools as part of the Special Olympics UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOLS® National Recognition Program.

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August 26, 2019
Thank you to The Hunt Family and FC Dallas for supporting the Unified Sports® Soccer Program at Special Olympics Texas! We wrapped up a great season this past Sunday, August 25th. We would like to thank the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas for sponsoring both teams: And a thank-you to 76 for sponsoring Dynamo. Global Life and Advocare sponsored FC Dallas and the Hunt Family for their support of the MLS Unified Sports® Soccer team. We couldn't make all this happen without you. We will see you on the field!

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August 05, 2019
The Mapping Journey Begins   Shaun Linsey, an athlete with Special Olympics Texas, has begun mapping out every team in each area of Texas. He has put in countless hours to make this project happen and each individual map is so unique and impressive....

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July 25, 2019
"Give Yourself the Gift of Special Olympics"  An Interview with Janet Holliday   We had the wonderful honor of interviewing Janet Holliday on all things Special Olympics Texas. Janet was an enormous piece in growing Special Olympics Texas in the ...

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July 25, 2019
Athlete Spotlights Part Two MEET PAUL Paul Dunn is a joy to be around and is encouraging to all. Being an athlete for over 25 years, Paul is proud to have competed in ten sports. He loves a good jam session and you will absolutely see him on the ...

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July 15, 2019
Athlete Spotlights   Meet Elena Elena is sweet, enthusiastic, and fun to be around. She has been competing in bowling, track, and golf since she was five and her favorite part of competing is the celebration after a game- win or lose! Elena is also ...

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June 24, 2019
This report highlights the impact Special Olympics Texas has had on the Greater Houston, Golden Triangle and Gulf Coast areas.

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June 19, 2019
Area 18 Softball Dates have changed.

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June 14, 2019
Bradley Gwatney was named Area 18 Permian Basin/Big Bend Program Director as of June 13, 2019.

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June 07, 2019
Today we are sharing an inspiring story on how the Unified Champion School program has transformed Creekview Elementary into a school that accepts and knows the children in the Special Education program by name. This program was given a head start ...

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May 30, 2019
Breakfast of Champions was a success! Matt Bonner, broadcast analysis for Fox Sports Southwest and former player for the San Antonio Spurs, emceed the entire breakfast, and we had the privilege to hear three of our athletes share stories on how the Special Olympics has impacted their lives in tremendous ways.

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May 16, 2019
Thank you to our volunteer photographers.

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April 17, 2019
We had some serious star power last Sunday night in Georgetown.  We must thank terrific and kind celebrities from the WWE, NFL and more who presented during our Made to Matter fundraiser this past Sunday in Georgetown, TX.  Through heartfelt ...

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March 29, 2019
A special thank you to the KVEO Local 23 News Reporter Alfredo Cuadros for the coverage of our Athletics Area Competition, taken place, earlier this spring, in Cameron County.

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March 22, 2019
The 3rd Annual Five-O 5k recap video is here. This event is co-sponsored by HPD and HPOU and benefits Special Olympics.

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March 07, 2019
Waco ISD hosted the first annual Waco ISD Unified Basketball Game on March 4th at the University High School gym.  Waco ISD has two high schools and these rivalry games are always a lot of fun.  On the University side, SOTX athletes played alongside ...

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December 05, 2018
Christi Roberts explains food allergies and the importance of understanding them.

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November 26, 2018
A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. See who in Texas was honored...

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July 25, 2018
It's with great sadness that we let everyone in our Special Olympics Texas family know that our great friend and longtime Law Enforcement Torch Run volunteer Brad Freis has passed away.

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July 16, 2018
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Special Olympics Texas.

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July 16, 2018
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Special Olympics Texas.

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July 16, 2018
Going “NUTS” for Special Olympics Texas, that is what the Texas Roadhouse in Abilene has done. During the month of April Texas Roadhouse of Abilene promoted our mission by showing customers how they could support us in making a monetary donation to...

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July 16, 2018
Here in Area 16 we have a recently published Author in our midst! Kylie Tyson has Published a book and it is available on Amazon.

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July 16, 2018
During the months of September and October athletes 18 and older will partner up with Midwestern State University students to form unified teams and play 5v5 soccer.

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July 16, 2018
Harlingen, Texas - 14-year-old Nathan Rios is considered an inspiration to many. Now, he is attempting a triathlon.

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July 16, 2018
When the cast of Backdoor Theatre's "œSchool of Rock" took the stage June 22, they perhaps hoped the experience would change someone's life. Little did they know, that night would change their lives.

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July 16, 2018
On May 24th at the Texas Rangers Game, LETR officers and SOTX athletes were joined by shortstop Elvis Andrus for a ceremonial Torch Run inside the stadium.

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July 16, 2018
The Players Tribune this past week to interview SOTX athlete & former global messenger, Victor Stewart, and NFL free agent & former UT running back, Jamaal Charles, about their relationship.

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July 16, 2018
Heart of Texas Area athlete Ray Bottoms is a member of the Belton Blazers and competes in several sports every year.

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July 16, 2018
We invite you to be a part of the movement. Be a part of the Celebration. Run for a Reason.

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July 16, 2018
Innovation grants are grants awarded to support projects led by young people with and without intellectual disabilities (ID) to promote inclusion in their school and community.

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July 16, 2018
Samantha Meek participated in the USA games in Seattle. She was selected to lead the Texas Delegation into opening ceremonies by carrying the Texas sign.

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July 16, 2018
Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus, Council 10939 of Blessed Sacrament Parish for providing awards presenters during our Area Spring Games in April.

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July 16, 2018
Tristen's story started on Christmas morning in 1999, where he entered the world in Seattle, WA.

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July 16, 2018
Recently, Area 16 Special Olympics was chosen to be the benefactor for the 25th annual United Supermarkets Charity Golf Classic.

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July 16, 2018
Life hasn't been easy the last 8 months for three of our athletes, Rick Sanchez, Joe Cottingham and Kirby Mangum. They were a few of the many that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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June 05, 2018
As WWE celebrates its partnership with the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, WWE's first Universal Champion hangs out with inspirational Special Olympians.

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May 23, 2018
An informational video series leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games that will tell you about Movbands, fitness, Fit-Five, hydration, and nutrition.

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May 23, 2018
The last informational video in a series leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games that will tell you about Movbands, fitness, Fit-Five, hydration, and nutrition.

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May 16, 2018
An informational video series leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games that will tell you about Movbands, fitness, Fit-Five, hydration, and nutrition.

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May 09, 2018
An informational video series leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games that will tell you about Movbands, fitness, Fit-Five, hydration, and nutrition.

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May 02, 2018
An informational video series leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games that will tell you about Movbands, fitness, Fit-Five, hydration, and nutrition.

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April 25, 2018
An informational video series leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games that will tell you about Movbands, fitness, Fit-Five, hydration, and nutrition.

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April 24, 2018
We need volunteers for the state Equestrian Competition in Bryan. Can you help?

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April 24, 2018
The University of Texas has created a new post-secondary training program that includes people with intellectual disabilities. E4Texas provides a college experience at the University of Texas at Austin.

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April 18, 2018
An informational video series leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games that will tell you about Movbands, fitness, Fit-Five, hydration, and nutrition.

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April 16, 2018
Many thanks to our Event Sponsor, The El Paso Tennis and Swim Club for hosting our 3rd Annual Tennis Scramble on April 7th!

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April 11, 2018
An informational video series leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games that will tell you about Movbands, fitness, Fit-Five, hydration, and nutrition.

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April 10, 2018
Northeast Lakeview College (NLC) hosted their 2nd Annual Unified Basketball Game on March 27th, 2018. The participating athletes were members of the Northeast Lakeview College men’s basketball team that were paired with SOTX athletes from the San...

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April 09, 2018
Tim Martin starts his first day as President & CEO of Special Olympics Texas today,

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April 04, 2018
An informational video series leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games that will tell you about Movbands, fitness, Fit-Five, hydration, and nutrition.

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March 28, 2018
An informational video series leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games that will tell you about Movbands, fitness, Fit-Five, hydration, and nutrition.

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March 21, 2018
An informational video series leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games that will tell you about Movbands, fitness, Fit-Five, hydration, and nutrition.

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January 22, 2018
Know someone who'd enjoy Special Olympics Texas items? You can send them a gift certificate! http://shop.sotx.org/

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January 22, 2018
Congratulations to Alamo Heights High School and Brady High School, which have been recognized as the first Unified Champion Schools in the state of Texas! Both schools received a gym banner that denotes their honor.

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January 22, 2018
The Texas Bowling Centers Association is a big fan of Special Olympics Texas athletes. During January and February, many of their member centers will sell paper bowling pins to benefit SOTX! Be sure to thank them for their support.

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January 22, 2018
Who will bring the gold home from Austin? We can't wait to see! Almost 2,600 athletes and Unified Partners will compete in bowling, volleyball and powerlifting. Here's where to find all the info you need before you hit the road...

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December 18, 2017
Special Olympics Texas invites you to take part in the Annual Polar Plunge®! Are you brrrrrrave enough?

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December 18, 2017
An amazing light maze has taken over Globe Life Park in Arlington this holiday season. When you purchase your tickets online, use the promo code SOTX and Special Olympics Texas benefits.

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December 18, 2017
Buying new kicks to celebrate the holidays? Stop by @FinishLine for great shoes & to thank the staff for supporting Special Olympics athletes each year!

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December 18, 2017
We change lives, but we can't do that without your financial and volunteer support. Take advantage by maximizing tax benefits, consider making a gift to SOTX before year's end.

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December 18, 2017
If you happen to shop online via Amazon, don't forget to...AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to SOTX.

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December 05, 2017
Polar Plunges are busting out all over. Check the schedule to see when we'll be near you. Gather your friends, grab a costume & join the frostiest fundraiser in the state.

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December 05, 2017
Chief Doug Reim of the Highland Village Police Department has been dubbed the SOTX Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for Fundraising.

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