Abilene man named Special Olympics Texas Unified Sports Partner of the Year

AUSTIN, Texas (Press Release) – Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) announced the winners of multiple statewide awards on Monday. Among the those recognized, Tim Brown (Abilene), has been named the organization’s Unified Sports Partner of the Year.  
 
Brown, a member of the Big Country/Concho Valley (Area 14) SOTX program, has been involved with SOTX since 2008 when he was in 6th grade. He started participating when his brother Tanner, who has intellectual disabilities, began competing as an athlete. Over the years, Brown has been very active with the organization.
 
Since becoming a Unified Partner, a SOTX teammate without intellectual disabilities, he has competed with his brother and other athletes in various sports, including athletics (track & field), aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, powerlifting and soccer.
 
“He is a true friend to his teammates, offering rides to and from practice when needed, attending birthday parties, graduations and spending time with teammates outside of sports,” said Megan Stewart, the head of delegation for the Abilene Mustangs. “Our Mustang family depends on Tim and he is a very important part of the success of the team. He genuinely cares about his team and is someone everyone can count on, both on-and-off the field or court.”
 
In addition to being a Unified Partner, he has progressed to a coach, competition director, key volunteer and an Athlete Leadership Program facilitator.
 
Brown will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony on Friday, Oct. 13 in College Station during Fall Classic, which is SOTX’s next statewide competition.


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