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.
About our State Basketball Competition in Lubbock
The State Basketball Competition in Lubbock is the first competition our athletes will get to compete in since the start of the pandemic. We have never had to return to competition before since we have provided year-round athletic competitions for over 50 years now. With the anticipation and excitement of having over 55 teams joining us back on the playing field, it is important to make our state competition extra memorable and special for all of our athletes and attendees. At our competition, we will be having our opening ceremonies, a dance party, games and booths set up at our athlete village with awesome prizes, an intense and competitive 3 days of competitions, meals for all of our athletes, an award ceremony, and more! We need your help in making our first competition since last year the best it can be! YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER TO DONATE. You can register if you are interested in volunteering at the competition. Mikayla Dawson will share over the available opportunities.
Sports are our vehicle...but we are so much more.
The opportunities we provide lead to better lives for our athletes, families, and communities. We are the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities, we provide integration and inclusion programs, family resources and support, and opportunities for leadership and growth for our athletes. Join the Special Olympics global movement.
The positive benefits of your support reach far beyond the day of event changing the lives of our athletes, volunteers, coaches, and community members. We have never has to return-to-competition... we need your help in making this the best competition for all of our athletes!
Special Olympics athletes:
perform better in school
enjoy stronger family relationships
make more friends
are more prepared to live and work in their communities
44% of Special Olympics athletes become employed, compared to only 28% of individuals with intellectual disabilities who do not participate in Special Olympics.
89¢ of every dollar raised by Special Olympics Texas goes directly to support programs for SOTX athletes.
100% of funds raised locally by SOTX remain in that community.