Special Olympics Texas athletes and staff from across the state were invited to travel to the State Capitol in Austin on March 8th, 2023, to serve as advocates and visit with lawmakers and their staff about the significant consequences that arise from the stigma and stereotypes faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The day was filled with fun activities, fellowship, and opportunities to learn about the high impact and cost-effectiveness of Special Olympics’ evidence-based programming that addresses these issues.
The day began with our athletes and staff attending an informational breakfast in which we received detailed information and training for the day’s work. Our group then spent the rest of the morning on the South Steps, rallying for Special Olympics Texas. Our athletes enjoyed a photo opportunity and engaged with our community before participating in SOTX’s recognition on the House and Senate floor in the early afternoon. To celebrate the chance to advocate for our inclusive sports, development, and health programs, our staff, LETR officers, and athletes held a tailgate lunch in partnership with TMPA. Legislators were invited to interact with our athletes and staff while enjoying a lunch provided by TMPA. Following the tailgate, our athletes, family members, volunteers, and LETR officers attended brief advocacy meetings, and several of our Athlete Leaders arrived at the Legislative Offices for the Unified Internship Program. Our participants then finished the day by attending the Celebratory Reception in Downtown Austin, in which our attendants were allowed to network with policymakers and SOTX supporters.
Thank you to our athletes, family members, LETR officers, volunteers, Google, TMPA, and our supporters for spending the day advocating for the #InclusionRevolution!
Watch TMPA's video showcasing our partnership by clicking here!