January 30 through February 2 marked the 22nd annual Special Olympics Texas Winter Games, which were held at locations throughout the Austin area. More than 2,000 athletes competed in bowling, powerlifting and volleyball events.
Opening ceremonies for the four-day competition were held Thursday, January 30 at Round Rock High School and featured the Parade of Athletes, singing of the National Anthem and the lighting of the torch during the Law Enforcement Torch Run, along with a variety of entertainment and live music.
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 44,500 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.