Be Brave in the Attempt: Special Olympics Texas Greatness: First 50 Years (Paperback)
Special Olympics Texas started small in 1969. By its 50th anniversary year, more than 58,000 athletes enjoyed the benefits of SOTX sports. The look on their faces during competition is a window to happiness and self-worth. The organization itself describes its mission as providing “year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.” The purpose of this volume is not only to chronicle some uniquely compelling stories of Special Olympics Texas, but to raise important funds for the participating athletes, as well. This beautiful book will enable future Special Olympics Texas athletes and their families to attend state meets. The result can change a life forever through the enduring gift of self-confidence. As one SOTX parent put it: “If everyone could share the outlook of these athletes, we’d live in a very happy world.”
About the Author
Shaun Linsey was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at age four. Most doctors gave no hope for much improvement, but with perseverance and hard work, Shaun made slow but steady progress. Then, at the age of 20, he discovered the Special Olympics Texas organization, and his life turned around for the positive. To him, Special Olympics Texas is not only about playing sports, but also about boosting other athletes in their training and competitions. Shaun wants to show how proud Special Olympics Texas athletes can be of everything they have accomplished in the sports arena and life.