Special Olympics Texas – San Antonio Area

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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.

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Contact Information

Special Olympics Texas – San Antonio 45 NE Loop 410, Suite 180 San Antonio, Texas 78216
(210) 530-9898

Special Olympics Texas not only provides year-round sports training and competition, but also health and inclusion programs for individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities.  These programs include:

Athlete Leadership Program

Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) allow athletes to explore opportunities for participation in roles previously considered “non-traditional.” Through ALPs, athletes serve on the Board of Directors or local organizing committees. Athletes excel as spokespersons, team captains, volunteers, coaches and officials.

Young Athletes

Young Athletes is for athletes ages two to seven. It focuses on developing fundamental motor tracking and eye-hand coordination through physical play. This participation-based program also introduces the child to the world of sports and begins to prepare them for competition, which can start at age eight. Families are invited to attend a Future Stars Sports Day where the athletes demonstrate the skills they have learned.

Motor Activities Training Program

The Motor Activities Training Program is designed specifically for athletes who are unable to participate in traditional Special Olympics sports. It was created to enhance individuals’ motor skills, sport skills and physical fitness. After the eight-week training program is completed, a Challenge Day is offered that meets the needs of every participant and lets the athlete share his/her developed skills with family and friends.

Healthy Athletes

Healthy Athletes provides free health screenings in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the anxiety and trepidation people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a doctor or dentist. Healthy Athletes currently offers health screenings in seven areas: Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), MedFest (sports physical exam), Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry).

Unified Champion Schools

Unified Champion Schools (formerly Meet in the Middle) is a unique program that promotes acceptance and inclusion between students with and without intellectual disabilities in schools. Participants team up to promote advocacy, acceptance, friendship, fitness and sports opportunities. In an effort to support current school initiatives, fun activities are designed to align with state school standards, focusing on FitnessGram, school morale and attendance, and TAKS/TAKS Alt. Benefits of participation include: character development, moral intelligence, leadership, fitness and positive impact on school culture, including bullying prevention.

Unified Sports

Unified Sports teams allow athletes to participate in sports activities with peers without disabilities.Unified Sports® teams are comprised of equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes, friends, family members, staff, or other partners. These teams practice and compete together against other teams of the same composition, or can compete in city or intramural leagues. It is truly an opportunity for everyone to get involved.

Upcoming Events

Spring Games

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

If you are interested in supporting the Special Olympics Texas – San Antonio Area or are in need of their services, please contact 210.530.9898 or visit them at www.sotx.org.

Testimonial

“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