FC Dallas will host a Special Olympics Unified soccer match between the FC Dallas Special Olympics Texas Unified Team and the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Southern California Unified Team on Saturday, August 15 at Toyota Stadium. The Special Olympics Unified match – comprised of athletes and partners from Special Olympics Texas and Special Olympics Southern California – will take place immediately following the MLS regular-season game between FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy, presented by Toyota, which is set to kick off at 8:00 p.m. CT.
The Special Olympics Unified match has been organized in conjunction with MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, in partnership with Special Olympics in an ongoing effort to bring soccer, the world’s most popular sport, to more athletes with and without intellectual disabilities. The Unified match offers a competitive experience for the athletes while also offering MLS fans an opportunity to witness the talents and abilities of Special Olympics soccer players first-hand.
With support from the FC Dallas Foundation and Globe Life, 10 athletes and coaches from the DFW metroplex will have the opportunity to represent the FC Dallas family. [Roster]
This partnership between FC Dallas, Special Olympics Texas and Globe Life is a unique program that provides training, competitions and social experiences for individuals with special needs and their families.
The Unified match is open to the general public. Fans at the FC Dallas game are encouraged to remain in the stands to cheer on the two sides in the game.
Tickets to the two matches can be purchased here. Admission is free after 10:00 p.m.
The two Special Olympics Unified teams will also play a match at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 26.
Learn more about how to support Special Olympics Texas by visiting www.sotx.org.
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 53,000 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. Visit the SOTX- Greater Dallas Area Facebook page at fb.com/SOTX10.
About FC Dallas
A member of Major League Soccer since its inception in 1996, FC Dallas is owned and operated by Hunt Sports Group. The professional team plays from March to November at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. One of the first soccer-specific stadiums built in the United States, the venue plays host to Major League Soccer matches, concerts, international soccer matches and high school football. The 145-acre Toyota Soccer Center also includes 17 regulation-sized, tournament-grade soccer fields and is home to the organization's nationally-renowned youth development system.
About Unified Sports
Special Olympics Unified Sports® bring together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete on the same team. Throughout the year, Unified Partners participate in a variety of sports to improve physical fitness, sharpen skills, challenge the competition and have fun! Special Olympics adopted Unified Sports® in 1989 to expand sports opportunities for athletes seeking new challenges while dramatically increasing their inclusion in the community. Today, the initiative includes almost all Special Olympics Texas sports. Unified Programs® competitions are an important part of Special Olympics World Games, as well as, local, state and National Games.
About MLS WORKS
MLS WORKS is Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. For more information visit the website at www.MLSsoccer.com/mlsworks or follow us on Twitter (@MLSWORKS).
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