El Pasoans headed to Special Olympic USA Games
El Paso, TX — More than 150 people—including 121 athletes and 33 coaches—will represent Texas during the Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey in June. Members of Team Texas will compete in 11 sports during the weeklong games held from June 14 to 21.
El Paso will have four people—including two Unified Partners who do not have intellectual disabilities—competing in Bowling. (A list of the athletes appears below.) Special Olympics Unified Sports brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete on the same team.
More than 3,500 athletes and 1,000 coaches from across the United States are expected to compete in the USA Games.
“We are proud to have so many athletes and coaches representing Team Texas at the 2014 USA Games. This competition will be the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work by these athletes and their coaches, and I look forward to watching them show the rest of the United States what Texans are made of,” said Margaret M. Larsen, president and CEO of Special Olympics Texas.
The USA Games will hold competitions in some of the top sports venues in New Jersey, including Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Park and several private schools.
Athletes and coaches will participate in spectacular special events from the moment they arrive, including a New Jersey Welcome Day, the Opening Ceremony at the Prudential Center, a dinner boat cruise to see the Statue of Liberty, several sports showcases and the Closing Ceremony at Sun National Bank Center. Games organizers also will create a Jersey Shore-themed Olympic Town complete with a boardwalk for the athletes.
Luis (Tony) Canaba Bowling El Paso
Christine Jasso Bowling El Paso
Kellie Moneypenny (Unified Partner) Bowling El Paso
Virgileen M. Shinn (Unified Partner) Bowling El Paso
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 51,300 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.