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24th Annual Statewide Winter Games Return to Austin for 2,400-Plus Special Olympics Texas Athletes, Feb. 3-5
Special Olympics Texas

January, 2017

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes from all across the state will converge in the capital city from Feb. 3- Feb. 5 for the 24th annual Winter Games, a series of statewide competitions in Bowling, Powerlifting and Volleyball. Events will be held at various venues throughout the Central Texas area and are free and open to the public. More than 1,400 volunteers are still needed to assist.


During the three-day event, more than 2,400 athletes compete for medals and state pride. All athletes, ranging from ages 12-71, have spent a minimum of eight weeks training for these Games. Volunteers are needed to serve as officials, scorekeepers, athlete escorts, award presenters, administrative support services, survey conductors and other duties. No prior experience is required.


Bowling, the second-most popular SOTX sport – only to Athletics (Track & Field) – will take place at four alleys over the course of the three-day competition, including Dart Bowl, Highland Lanes, Mel’s Lone Star Lanes andWestgate Lanes.


The Powerlifting competition will be held at Round Rock High School Fieldhouse on Saturday, Feb. 5, while Volleyball and the Athlete Celebration & Victory Dance will take place at the Round Rock Sports Center.


The Norris Conference Center will serve as Athlete Village on Friday and Saturday. There, athletes will be able to take advantage of free health screenings and enjoy activities, including crafts and games. 




The free health screenings are offered by SOTX’s Healthy Athletes® program. During the two days, seven health disciplines will be provided by health professionals including hearing, dental and podiatric screenings. The clinic will also provide athletes with information on making healthy lifestyle choices.


For a schedule of events and all information regarding the 2017 Winter Games,click here.



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 55,200 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 www.specialolympicstexas.orgor call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter;





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