Chris Hoefer, ChairmanThe 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. These activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Chris Hoefer can be reached at (903) 736-5309. Volunteers Special Olympics Texas could not have been created and would not exist today without the time, energy, and the dedication of thousands of volunteers. Over 38,000 volunteers dedicate their time in helping athletes with intellectual disabilities in achieving their dreams. We as volunteers take an oath: "I promise to give the time of my life, so that Special Olympics Athletes can have the time of their life. I promise to support Special Olympics not just as an expression of charity, but as a form of respect for my fellow human beings. I promise to spread the word of volunteerism because in giving, I receive so much more in return."
Partnership with Special Olympics (Form 10784)
EVERY Council should fill out a Form 10784, reporting Partnership Activities with Special Olympics, due January 31 of each fraternal year. Please also send a copy to the Texas State Council Office.
Charles ‘Chic’ O’Conner October 9, 1919 –April 22, 2010
Chic was a proud member of the Knights since 1943. He was very instrumental in starting Special Olympics in Gregg County (Longview). He became involved because his daughter, Monica, was very special. The O’Conner family has done everything from being Timers, Huggers, Chaperones and Pizza Providers for the entire Gregg County Delegation and Area events.
The Texas State Council approved the Charles ‘Chic’ O’Conner Annual Memorial Award in his honor. This award will recognize a Brother Knight for his exemplary contributions in supporting Special Olympics Texas. Criteria includes: Leadership, Volunteering, Fundraising and Community Involvement. The nomination form can be found on the Texas State Council website. Deadline for the submission of this form is January 31, each fraternal year.
“LET ME WIN, BUT IF I CANNOT WIN, LET ME BE BRAVE IN THE ATTEMPT”
Special Olympics Pins will be available, at and after the TSC Mid-Year Meeting, from your Diocesan and District Deputies for a $5.00 Donation. Let’s support Special Olympics athletes as part of our Order’s first principle!