Oct. 6, 2013
HOUSTON - After a late night on Friday competing at the North Texas Relays and driving back to Houston that night, it was an early and fun Saturday morning as the Cougars volunteered with the Special Olympics Texas at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
UH helped kick start the meet by joining the participants in mixed relay teams. Following several races, the student-athletes handed the spotlight back over to the participants as they served as timers, coaches and escorts.
"We absolutely love this event - we've been doing this for eight years since Mark Taylor was here," said head diving coach Jane Figueiredo. "The event has grown to include so many more athletes and we're so happy that the University, UH swimming and diving, the Campus Rec can offer our ability to help. The participants had such a great time and it helps our girls appreciate the little things in life and how great it is to give back."
Both Figueiredo and Rich Murphy were honored by the Special Olympics Texas staff before the meet got underway.
"What a spectacular event! I encourage everyone in our UH community to see this event in action next year" said Murphy. "We thank Renee Klovenski for giving us the opportunity to participate and for our Campus Wellness and Recreation Center staff for all their hard work to help it happen so smoothly. The girls were inspired by these committed athletes and the enjoyment they added to our facility. The infectious enthusiasm and energy of the event was awesome."
About Special Olympics Texas
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, giving 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 Olympics athletes and the community.
For more information on Special Olympics Texas, visit their website at sotx.org.
Special Olympics is a privately funded 501C3 and volunteer driven program. Currently the Greater Houston Area serves over 3800 athletes in 19 different sports, Motor Activities Training Program for the multiplied impaired and the Young Athletes Program for children age 2 to 7 in a motor development and play program.
To get involved email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Houston Office at 713.290.0049