Special Olympics Texas holding aquatics competition in Abilene for the first time in years

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - This Saturday,The Special Olympics will hold an event not hosted in Abilene in years.

On Saturday, July 22, ACU will host 36 swimmers competing in the Special Olympics aquatic competition. This event has not been held in Abilene for many years.

Athletes from Abilene and San Angelo will be gathering at ACU's Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center to compete in events such as walking, floatation swim, 15m freestyle, 25m freestyle and a 4x25m Unified freestyle relay.

25 adults with intellectual disabilities will compete along with 11 Unified Partners, competitors without intellectual and developmental disabilities. Many of these competitors will be competing in a Special Olympics Texas aquatics competition for the first time.

Athletes ages 12 and up will be eligible to compete in the statewide competition, the Fall Classic, in October at Texas A&M University.

Saturday's events will begin at 1:30 p.m. with an opening ceremony, followed by the competition from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

According to a release, "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 58,300 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 the Special Olympics Texas website at www.specialolympicstexas.org.

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