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NEWS | Jan. 7, 2020

2020 Special Olympics Texas Games slated for Morgan’s Wonderland

By Olivia Mendoza Sencalar 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Texas law enforcement officers, military officials, local civic and community leaders, as well as local cheer teams came together at a press conference Dec. 10, 2019, to announce the 2020 Special Olympics Summer Games will be held at the Morgan’s Wonderland Event Center.

Morgan’s Wonderland will once again host the summer games from April 30 to May 3, 2020.

Last year, nearly 3,000 athletes and thousands of local and Texas athletes and guests made their way to San Antonio to compete. The athletes have been training for months and competing with local competitions to prepare them for the 2020 games.

The Special Olympics Texas offers five sporting events such as track and field, cycling, gymnastics, soccer and tennis.

Tim Martin, Special Olympics Texas chief executive officer, is honored to be back at Morgan’s Wonderland for the second year in a row.

“Last year, Morgan’s Wonderland hosted the summer games for the first time and it was a fun and safe environment for all the athletes,” Martin said. “We expect to see an even bigger turnout in 2020. We can’t wait to watch them play, enjoy themselves and to serve them as best we can.”

Special Olympics Texas is an organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all and by fostering communities of understanding and respect.

“The San Antonio Military Community enthusiastically supported the previous games by providing hundreds of hard working volunteers,” said Brig. Gen. Laura L. Lenderman, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio commander. “By next spring, I expect our selfless service members will get involved again in very large numbers.

“Volunteerism is in our DNA; we as military members love to give back to our local communities,” Lenderman said. “I encourage everyone to get involved, whether it’s by volunteering or simply by attending and cheering on the athletes. This is such a special, inspiring and worthy cause.”

Gordon Hartman, founder and CEO of Morgan’s Wonderland is honored that Morgan’s Wonderland was chosen to once again host the Special Olympics Texas’ 2020 Summer Games.

Hartman explained that the Morgan’s Wonderland Sports Complex is currently in construction adjacent to Heroes Stadium and will offer variety of sports including basketball, soccer, baseball and more. The 5-acre sports complex is designed for athletes with or without special needs and will be ready to welcome visiting athletes.

“The 2020 Summer Games constitute another great example of what we’ve said from get-go at Morgan’s Wonderland: ‘Together, we ARE making a difference,’” Hartman added.

For more information about volunteering for the 2020 Special Olympics Texas Summer Games, send an email to Info@sotx.org.