Spring Games for East Texas Area Special Olympics Athletes on April 29 at Abe Martin Stadium
Athletes will compete in traditional and modified track and field events; This is the second-largest annual Special Olympics competition put on for East Texas area athletes.
LUFKIN – Three hundred children and adults with intellectual disabilities from Lufkin and 18 nearby counties in the East Texas area will compete for the gold medal in track & field events at the annual Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) Area 7 Spring Games, being held on Saturday, April 29 at Abe Martin Stadium.
Competitors will participate in traditional and modified track and field events from 9:30 a.m. – Noon. The event will officially kickoff with the Opening Ceremony at 9:00 a.m., featuring the Parade of Athletes, a passing of the Flame of Hope and the lighting of the cauldron. This year’s Spring Games will include Larry Venable, a 75-year old athlete from the Tyler Rose delegation.
To qualify for the area Spring Games, athletes must be at least eight years old and have spent a minimum of eight weeks training for their events. Some athletes 12 years old and up will be participating as a means to meet qualifying standards for the upcoming statewide competition – Summer Games – which will take place in Arlington from May 26-28.
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 58,300 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.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX;youtube.com/specialolympicstexas. Visit the SOTX – East Texas Area Facebook page atfb.com/SOTX7.