Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) has announced that the Unified Relay Across America, presented by Bank of America – the first-ever passing of the Special Olympics World Games Torch through the United States – will come through the Central Texas area from Monday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 24 during its 10-day trek through Texas. Throughout that time a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is available to the public. Anyone who wishes to bear the Flame of the Hope during a segment of the Unified Relay can sign up and fundraise for an opportunity to run, walk, jog or bike with the Torch.
Those interested can register as an individual or a team for a half-mile walk or run segment or a five-mile bike segment. The $10 registration fee is waived in March! Use the promo code MM. Offer expires on March 31. [Click here to register].
Segments of the Unified Relay in and around the Austin area will take place on Monday, June 22 from the time it is delivered to Manchaca at about 1:00 p.m. From there, segments of the Relay will bring the Torch all the way to Wells Branch at about 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23. See complete schedule of the Unified Relay in the Austin area below.
The Flame of Hope will be lit in Athens, Greece and will be delivered to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games. Over the course of 46 days, in a hand-to-hand exchange, over 20,000 participants will run, walk or bike a segment of the relay in this team and individual fundraising event as it passes through all 50 states. Three separate relays will run concurrently through the contingent U.S., originating in Augusta, Maine, Washington, D.C. and Miami, Fla.
Texas’ leg of the Unified Relay will commence in Miami on May 26 before arriving to the Lone Star State in Groves on June 19. The Torch will be passed along the state, including in Austin, before exiting out of Amarillo on June 30.
Funds raised from the Unified Relay will go to Special Olympics to provide sports training, competition opportunities and additional programming that empowers people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.
Schedule – Unified Relay Across America in Central Texas
Monday, June 22
Manchaca to Southeast Austin: Between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
South Congress to Tarry Town: Between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
West Campus to Austin: Between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 23
Wednesday, June 24
Austin to Crestview: Between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
North Shoal Creek to Copperfield: Between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Wells Branch to Hewitt: Between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
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 53,400 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.
With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2, 2015 - will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter andInstagram.