Special Olympics of Texas kicks off Inclusion Revolution campaig - FOX34 Lubbock
Special Olympics of Texas kicks off Inclusion Revolution campaign
LUBBOCK, Texas -
About 50,000 athletes are active in the Special Olympics of Texas program.
Executive Director Ashley Pena said they raise 100 percent of the proceeds to keep the program running and that is why they are calling for help to financially commit to the futures of these athletes.
This has prompted a fundraising kickoff luncheon Thursday called the "Inclusion Revolution" to unify Special Olympics athletes with the West Texas community.
"Without community donors, community support, and volunteers -- we are pretty much 99-percent volunteer ran here -- there's no way we could have our program sustainable," Pena said.
One of those volunteers is Texas Tech Graduate Student Curry Wilson.
She said this organization gives people with disabilities a place to be themselves and a life-changing experience.
"I think if you are here and get to see the athletes compete and just hear their stories, I personally believe that sports has the ability to teach you things that other things can't. These athletes exemplify it. They are the reason why we do what we do," Wilson said.
Here is the link to the Special of Olympics Texas to learn more about the Inclusion Revolution campaign.