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East Texas area will be represented by Gun Barrel City athlete Brian Moore and coach William Arnold in bowling at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle;

Two local athletes selected as alternates.


LUFKIN, Texas – Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced the 198 members that have been named to Team Texas, on Thursday during a press conference at its statewide Fall Classic competition in Bryan/College Station. The delegation will compete in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington from July 1-6, 2018. From the Gun Barrell City, SOTX athlete Brian Moore and coach William Arnold have been selected to the delegation’s bowling team. Team Texas’ members will participate in one of 14 sports at the USA Games. 

“We have a true identity of our state representing the 58,000 athletes in our state,” said interim president and CEO Suzanne Anderson.

In addition to Texas’ athletes and coaches, Tracie Mathews-Segura of the Houston Police Department will take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg at the 2018 USA Games. Mathews-Segura serves as the East Region Coordinator on Texas’ LETR state executive committee.

More than 4,000 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will gather in Seattle in July 2018 to compete before tens of thousands of spectators and volunteers. The 2018 USA Games will showcase the limitless talents of people with intellectual disabilities while promoting the barrier-breaking power of sport to promote inclusion and acceptance. Competitions will be held at venues across the Seattle area including the University of Washington, Celebration Park, Kenmore Lanes, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center and Willows Run Golf Club.


East Texas Area Representatives Selected to Team Texas

Name                                  Hometown                        Sport                    Status

Brian Moore                       Gun Barrel City                 Bowling               Athlete

William Arnold                   Gun Barrel City                  Bowling               Coach

Amanda Underwood         Kemp                                  Athletics Alternate

Casey Kyle                         Eustace                               Bowling                Alternate


About the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Seattle, Washington July 1-6, 2018. More than 4,000 athletes and coaches representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, will compete in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement and its 50th anniversary; promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport; and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2018 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics’ work in sport, education, health and community-building. 


About Special Olympics Texas

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 www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas;fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTXyoutube.com/specialolympicstexas.

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