More than 1,700 athletes, 300 coaches, and 200 Unified Partners from across Texas will make their way to Bryan/College Station for the 16th annual Special Olympics Texas Fall Classic, held on Oct. 13-15. This statewide competition will feature competition in Aquatics, Bocce, Golf, and Softball.
Nearly 2,000 volunteers from the community, corporations, schools, and universities will participate in the event, serving in numerous capacities including as officials, scorekeepers, athlete escorts, award presenters, and administrative support services.
Volunteers are needed to run this event. To sign up for a shift, visit www.sotx.org/fallclassic or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spectators are encouraged to visit any of the competition venues to cheer on the athletes.
Bocce and Softball athletes will have preliminary competition (classifications) on Thursday, Oct. 13. All four sports will officially get underway on Friday, Oct. 14, at various venues.
After the first day of competition concludes, Fall Classic will officially kick off on Friday night, Oct. 14, at 7pm with the Opening Ceremony and Celebration Dance at College Station High School, 4002 Victoria Ave.
The Opening Ceremony, will feature the parade of athletes and lighting of the SOTX cauldron to signify the official start of the Games.
Aquatics will be held at Texas A&M Natatorium in the Student Rec Center, and Golf will take place at Briarcrest Country Club, 1929 Country Club Dr. in Bryan. Both Bocce and Softball will be played at College Station Veterans Park, 3101 Harvey Rd.
In between the Games, athletes and their families can play games, sing karaoke, and get free health screenings at Athlete Village and Wellness Park, which will be housed at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr. in Bryan, a new location for this year’s event.