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July 05, 2013 | North America: Texas

Special Olympics Texas Purchases Land for New Home

By Tela Mange

On Friday, June 28, we took a huge step here at Special Olympics Texas: we purchased the land where our new headquarters will be located here in Austin. A new chapter is beginning for the Special Olympics Texas family. (The groundbreaking ceremony is set for 10 a.m. on Friday, September 6. We hope you will join us!) We have made so much progress during the past 44 years. We’ve gone from a track meet in Waco in June 1969 with 350 athletes to 2013, where we present more than 300 athletic competitions per year serving more than 44,500 athletes. Having more space will allow us to create additional opportunities and programs for our athletes. The 4.2-acre tract will house a new, $6 million,18,000-square-foot building for offices, meeting space and teleconferencing facilities, as well as a Family Resource Center and high-tech training rooms for coaches, volunteers, athletes and medical professionals. We hope to start construction soon, and we expect to move into the building in December 2014.

About Tela Mange: Proud Special Olympics Texas staff member.

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