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Special Olympics

Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with more than 4.9 million athletes in 172 countries — and over a million volunteers.

“Let me win.  But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

By Belinda Garza Gaddis

My husband is an athlete – running, archery, basketball – you name it, he excels in it and takes joy in it.  And when Nathan was born in 1999, I remember how Chris told me, “Our son is going to be a Special Olympian.”  At the time, Special Olympics programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities began at age 8 (now, programs are offered for younger groups), so we waited eagerly for Nathan’s chance to participate as he began school in Spring ISD – through PPCD, kindergarten, first grade, second grade. Throughout those years, his school sent home applications for Boy Scouts, soccer, and swimming, but what our hearts were set on most was Special Olympics. Click here to READ MORE

How to get involved

The practice is once a week for one hour.  A couch will need to invest about two hours a week – that’s it.  And it’s worth it!

If you are interested in joining the team, coaching or volunteering, email me at

Eligibility:  You must be a member of DSAH and over the age of 8 with Down syndrome or have an intellectual disability or closely related disability.  In order to compete, you must complete an Athlete Enrollment/Medical Release Form and submit it to our local Special Olympics director with a copy to me.

Enrollment:  To enroll, complete an Athlete Enrollment/Medical Release Form and submit it to  If DSAH doesn’t have a team formed, we will advise you of the closest team.

It’s a Time to Focus on Abilities, Not Disabilities.

Our Local Chapters

Special Olympics Panther Pack – N.W. Chapter  


Meets every Sunday @ 2pm at AMF Willow Lanes, 19102 TX-249, Houston, TX

N.W. Chapter practices year around.


Special Olympics Panther Pack – Spring Chapter  


Meets Mondays @ 6:45pm at AMF Diamond Lane, 267 North Forest Blvd., Houston, TX  77090

Spring Chapter plays 9/10/18 through 1/28/19


Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

Sports are a powerful force. Sports can shift the focus from disability to ability, from isolation to involvement.