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Houstonís Segrest, Coca-Cola Earn SOTX Awards
Special Olympics of Texas

October, 2015

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has officially announced the winners of its statewide 2015 Outstanding Service awards.  Among the six recipients for these awards, Houston’s Signa Segrest and Coca-Cola Refreshments of Houston have been recognized for Outstanding Service for Outreach and Outstanding Service from a Corporation, respectively.

Segrest and Coca-Cola will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony on Friday, Oct. 9 in Bryan/College Station during the 2015 SOTX Fall Classic competition.


“Signa has been instrumental in the introduction of Special Olympics for more than 2,400 families within Houston ISD,” said Renee Klovenski, SOTX program director for the Greater Houston area (Area 4).


As a certified coach with SOTX in Bocce, Bowling and Soccer, Segrest is very active within the Divas and Dudes delegation. She first got involved with SOTX in 1991 before becoming a Class A volunteer in 2003. In addition to coaching, Segrest has been assisting Area 4 with outreach. For the last four years, she has attended and ran numerous outreach events in an effort to spread the message of SOTX to new families. When Area 4 began the Houston ISD SOTX Field Day, she volunteered to assist with the “Families Area”. She brings good points and solutions to potential challenges for the annual event with HISD and helps to network within the district. Her daughter Jennifer assists with these booths.


112819_3397_000“Coca-Cola Refreshments of Houston has provided invaluable and sustaining financial, in-kind, leadership, volunteer and athlete entertainment to support programs and improve the quality of life for our athletes and families in the Greater Houston area,” said Joan Jarrett, SOTX’s Associate VP for Resource and Development.


In 2014, Coca-Cola raised funds totaling over $100,000 through its presenting sponsorship of the ninth annual Coca-Cola Celebrity Golf Classic and from employee participation in Houston’s Over the Edge event. The beverage corporation continued to donate product for the Greater Houston Area (Area 4) SOTX competitions and major special events. In addition, they secured auction items and product giveaways for the Celebrity Golf Classic event, and donated their facilities to SOTX for meeting space for the Starting Line event.


Coca-Cola provides athletes with unforgettable entertainment experiences, such as donating its suite for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and having SOTX athletes and coaches recognized in the Grand Entry. The “Coca-Cola Corner” at Minute Maid Park provided 40 athletes the opportunity to attend a Houston Astros baseball game. In addition, Coke provided Area 4 athletes tickets for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and for the Houston Texans.


Coca-Cola’s support for SOTX athletes in 2014 also included its employees volunteering at Area 4’s annual Spring Games competition and at the Over the Edge event.











2015 SOTX Award Honorees to Date





Coca-Cola Refreshments of Houston

Outstanding Service from a Business/Corporation


Signa Segrest

Outstanding Service for Outreach


Corpus Christi Police Department

Outstanding Volunteer for Fundraising

Corpus Christi

Teresa Sullivan

Outstanding Volunteer for Sports and Competition

San Antonio

UTSA: Alpha Sigma Alpha-Delta Upsilon Chapter

Outstanding Service from a Civic Organization

San Antonio

David Gonzalez

Outstanding Service from a Community Leader


Rose Antony

Coach of the Year


Riley Blatz

Male Athlete of the Year: 15-21

Round Rock

Scott Wendt

Male Athlete of the Year: 22 and older


Kayla Gray

Female Athlete of the Year: 15-21


Kathryn Albertini

Female Athlete of the Year: 22 and older




About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 53,400 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; Visit the SOTX- Greater Houston Area Facebook page at



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