The Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, presented by Bank of America, is coming through Texas from June 19-30. The chance to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is running out, as registration to carry the Flame of Hope when it comes to Texas will close on Tuesday, June 9 at midnight. [Click to Register]
Over the course of 46 days, in a hand-to-hand exchange, more than 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 are running concurrently through the contingent U.S., originating in Augusta, Maine, Washington, D.C. and Miami, Fla. All three torches will unite in Los Angeles as a single Flame of Hope torch. That torch will be used to light the flame for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
The Southern Route of the Unified Relay will come through Texas from June 19 to June 30. See schedule below.
-June 19: Port Arthur to Beaumont
-June 20: Beaumont to Houston
-June 21: Houston to San Antonio
-June 22: San Antonio to Austin
-June 24: Austin to Waco
-June 25: Waco to Dallas
-June 26: Dallas to Fort Worth
-June 27: Fort Worth to Abilene
-June 28: Abilene to Lubbock
-June 29: Lubbock to Amarillo
-June 30: Amarillo (Relay will cross into New Mexico)
To register for a segment in one of the areas listed above, click here.
Teams of 1-15 people can run, walk, jog or roll (skateboard, rollerblade or wheel chair) a half-mile segment or cycle a 5-mile segment with the Flame of Hope torch.
Texas’ leg of the Unified Relay commenced in Miami, Fla. on May 26. To date, the torch being passed through the Southern Route has made its way through: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Track the movement of the Flame of Hope.
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. [Donate to this event]
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, visitwww.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, visitwww.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Special Olympics Texas Year-Round Statewide Sponsors:
Coca-Cola Refreshments, Food Town, H-E-B Tournament of Champions,
Law Enforcement Torch Run, Sam’s Club and Walmart