The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual 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.
It is our vision to become the premier provider of Special Olympics training and competition in the world. We approach each endeavor with a single intent- to improve the quality of life for our athletes. The challenges of the future are embraced with enthusiasm and commitment, ensuring that the changing face and needs of our athletes are met.
There are 1,113 athletes in the Heart of East Texas area from the following counties; Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Polk, Robertson, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker and Washington.
Volunteers are the lifeline of the Special Olympics program. In Texas, more than 30,793 volunteers dedicate their time to Special Olympics. These volunteers serve as coaches, officials, committee, members, competition, assistants, speech coaches, and much more. There are 112 coaches in the Heart of east Texas area.