Special Olympics Texas – San Antonio Area
pecial Olympics Texas – San Antonio Area was established to provide year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children with intellectual disabilitiesin the Greater San Antonio Area, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other athletes and the community. Currently, there are 14,448 athletes in the Greater San Antonio Area that participate in the Special Olympics training, area competitions, and programming with the assistance of local Special Olympics certified coaches and volunteers.
What Special Olympics does for Children:
Special Olympics vastly improves the lives of children with intellectual disabilities (ID); the earlier they begin in the Special Olympics the more they benefit in lasting ways as they grow. They provide a two-pronged approach to reaching children with ID. First Prong: Beginning at age eight, school-aged children ages eight and older are offered 18 different Olympic-type sports to train and participate in. Athletes are tracked by age, gender, and sports skill-level for appropriate placement in competitions so that each child has the best opportunity to win. Currently, there are over 5,000 children participating in Special Olympics sports and programming within the city of San Antonio. Second Prong: Young Athletes Program (YAPs) is a sports-play program that introduces children, ages two to seven, to the world of physical activity and teamwork YAPs concentrates on applying the skills learned to prepare each child athlete for the Special Olympics or traditional sports competitions. Currently, there are over 2,600 children in the San Antonio YAPs program.
To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
To become the premier provider of Special Olympics training and competition in the world. Approach each endeavor with enthusiasm and commitment, ensuring that the changing face and needs of our athletes are met.
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Heroes Stadium : 4799 Thousand Oak, San Antonio, TX 78223
San Antonio Miss Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant
Date: July 28, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: St. Phillips College – Watson Auditorium : 1801 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, San Antonio, TX 78203
Flame of Hope Golf Tournament
Date: August 17, 2018
Time: 7:00 a.m.
Location: The Silverhorn Golf Club : 1100 West Bitters Road, San Antonio, TX 78216
“I am training to be a coach. I am so happy because I have been given the opportunity of workng with amazing athletes. Their motto is if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempts! That says it all they are awesome!”- Denise Rodriquez