Community Service is an important part of our company’s core values. Whether serving meals, stocking shelves at a food bank, cleaning up park grounds, or walking dogs at an animal shelter, the entire team at Marketing Refresh feels a personal commitment to give back.
Our CEO was recently offered an opportunity to serve as part of the Resource Board for the Special Olympics of Texas (SOTX).
Purpose of the Resource Board
Community leaders throughout Texas regions form resource boards to provide leadership, resources, and connections to spread the mission and grow the programs of Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) in their areas and communities.
Responsibilities include financial and relationship development, regional strategic planning, building community awareness, brand recognition throughout their respective areas, and working directly with the Development staff and Program Directors of SOTX.
“I am honored to be part of an organization with a deep history of providing developmental opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities,” says Hoffman. “The fact that more people aren’t aware of all of the great things that the Special Olympics does motivated me to join. I want to use my marketing skills to raise awareness and help them grow the programs.”
History of the Special Olympics
In June of 1963, Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a summer day camp for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at her home in Maryland to explore their capabilities in a variety of sports and physical activities. The day camp grew into the Special Olympics, which was officially established in 1968.
The organization has grown into an international entity with year-round activities, holding more than 300 competitions annually on area, regional, and state levels. Event divisions are based on age, gender, and ability level to give athletes an equal chance to win. Each participant receives a medal or ribbon following their events.
Special Olympics Texas has six statewide events annually: Summer Games, Equestrian, Sailing/Kayaking, Fall Classic, Winter Games, and Flag Football. Statewide competition locations vary approximately every three years.
Special Olympics, Inc. holds World Games every other year and USA National Games every four years.
Upcoming SOTX Events
There are a couple of specific events to support in 2021, both of which provide an opportunity to learn more about how you can get involved.
Breakfast of Champions – Friday, October 8, 2021 – 8-9am
Bayou City Event Center
Cost – FREE
(Sponsorships Are Available)
Come meet and hear our athletes tell their stories in their own words. Breakfast with Champions brings together “change-makers” throughout the area for a morning of learning, inspiration, networking & making a difference in the lives of Special Olympic Texas athletes. Because of your support, Special Olympics and its volunteers are able to serve over 55,000 athletes across Texas as we fight to end discrimination against individuals with intellectual disabilities.
16th Annual Golf Tournament – “A Salute to Service” – Monday, November 8, 2021 – 10am Shotgun Start
The Woodlands Country Club
Since 2005, the Coca-Cola Classic Charity Golf Tournament Presented by PCSI has raised over $2 million to support Special Olympics Texas athletes in the Greater Houston area and help strengthen our communities and improve the lives of those with intellectual disabilities (ID).
This year, as we emerge from a very challenging year, we want to honor and recognize the folks who helped us all get here: our Front-line Workers, Law Enforcement, Military, and First Responders. In other words, the true heroes of our communities.
Join us at The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course as we pay tribute to members of our Military, our Front-line Workers, First Responders and Law Enforcement Community. All in support of the amazing athletes of Special Olympics Texas.
Let us know if you’re interested in joining Terri and the Marketing Refresh team in support of the Special Olympics of Texas. Contact us today to start a conversation!