Special Olympics

SOTX Mission


The mission of Special Olympics Texas is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

SOTX Vision

It is our vision to become the premier provider of Special Olympics training and competition in the world.  We approach each endeavor with a single intent- to improve the quality of life for our athletes.  The challenges of the future are embraced with enthusiasm and commitment, ensuring that the changing face and needs of our athletes are met.


Athlete's Oath

 "Let me win.  But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Austin ISD Stars Staff

AISD Special Olympics Coordinator / Head of Delegation:
Shalanda Byers
Office Located: Delco Activity Center
Office Telephone: (512) 841-8336
Fax: (512) 841-8335
E-Mail Address:

AISD Special Olympics Assistant:
Albert Chapa
Office Located: Delco Activity Center
Office Telephone: (512) 841-8334
Fax: (512) 841-8335
E-mail Address:

Special Olympics Texas Area 13 Director:
Jason Miller
Office Telephone: (512) 491-2964
Fax: (512) 835-7756
E-mail Address:

Fitnessgram Coordinator at Rosedale Elementary:
Melissa Devine
Office Located: Rosedale School
Office Telephone: (512) 414-2083
E-mail Address:


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Qualifications to participate (must have one of these)

•8 Yrs. old and older
•I.Q. of 70 or lower
•Down Syndrome
•Intellectual disability
SO Medical on file in our office (Link Below) 
•Parent permission form on file (Link Below)


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 Bowling (September - December)

A. North (Dart Bowl) Tuesdays & Wednesdays
B. South (Westgate Lanes) Mondays & Thursdays
C. Offered only during the school day
D. Practice one day per week (Schools pick their day)
E. 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Unified Bowling (September-December)

A. Central Site Only (Dart Bowl)
B. Practice on Sundays
C. Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Basketball (January - March)

A. North & South Sites
B. Offered only during the school day
C. Practice one day per week
D. Times to be announced

Gymnastics (January - May)

A. Practice on Monday
B. Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Soccer, Track & Field (March - May)

A. North & South Sites
B. Offered only during the school day
C. Practice one day per week
D. Time to be announced


Qualifications: Must be between the ages of 2 - 7 years old

Go to: www.specialolympics.org

Click on: Young Athletes

Information about the young athletes program :
Young athletes Activities Guide
Training DVD
End of the year Activity
Presentation @ the Delco Center (TBA)

The Young Athletes Program can be implemented at any elementary campus by a staff member, parent volunteer or an adaptive p.e. teacher.

For additional information contact : Shalanda Byers @841-8336 or e-mail me at: sbyers@austinisd.org



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