LEWISVILLE ISD SPECIAL OLYMPICS
A Special Olympics Texas Team
Jim Domer, Head of Delegation
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Special Olympics?
To learn all about the mission and vision of Special Olympics Texas click here
Who is eligible to participate in Special Olympics?
Athletes must be 8 years old to compete and 12 years old to attend State Games. To learn about athlete eligibility click here
What if my athlete cannot comprehend team play concepts?
Lewisville ISD, A Special Olympics Texas Team offers skill level play and teams for every ability. There is a place for your athlete here!
Who are the coaches; How are they qualified?
Coaches are volunteers. They are family members of athletes, PE teachers, and caring friends from the community. Coaches first apply to be a Texas Class A volunteer, complete General Orientation and Protective Behaviors Training and pass a criminal background check. Then they attend a full day sports specific training and finally complete a 10 hour practicum working with athletes. In addition to these state requirements, Coaches for LISDSO must also pass a background check with the Lewisville School District.
Does everyone get a medal at the Area and State Games?
No. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to first, second and third place competitors. All others receive ribbons. Sometimes athletes are disqualified or don't finish an event. In this case they are awarded participation ribbons.
What are Area/State Games?
Special Olympics Texas is our Chapter organization. It is located in Austin but has 19 smaller Area offices. We belong to Area 10, Greater Dallas. In each sport, we practice and compete locally and then participate in Area games with other Area 10 delegations. Your athlete must compete locally and at Area to be eligible for Chapter, or State Games. State Games are held three times a year: Winter Sports in February, Summer Sports in May and Fall Sports in October.
Who makes the rules?
Everything you need to know about our sports, policies and procedures for participating in Special Olympics can be found in the Sports Information Guide (SIG). Click here to open
Is it free? Our delegation does regular fund raising and receives some support from LISD. We pay for uniforms, facilities, meals and transportation and for state games' hotel expenses. Athletes are responsible for the $25 entry fee at state games. We have held a Golf Classic for over 10 years which supports a significant part of our budget. Through LISD we have access to school gyms and other facilities. Currently, the bowling team practices at the AMF Lanes in Lewisville and participating athletes are requested to make a donation to cover the cost of the lanes and shoe rental. On occasion, extra fund raisers such as bake sales or car washes have been held to offset these extra expenses. But no athlete is turned away because of money. As an athlete, parent or guardian, your time and talent is vital to make it all work.
What is expected of me as a Special Olympic athlete's parent?
We request that every parent and guardian contribute some of their time, talent and energy to make this wonderful VOLUNTEER organization work. We hold meetings when needed to discuss upcoming events, to review the budget and to form committees. We invite all members of this delegation to join in. We especially need to come together to make our Annual Golf Classic a success. Every family is asked to contribute and participate in collecting items for this event. Please call Cheryl Blackmon, our Fundraiser Chair Person at 972-539-4387, and ask what you can do to make our largest fund raiser better every year.
Lewisville ISD, a Special Olympics Texas Team and the Lewisville Independent School District provide year round sports training for our athletes in Lewisville, Highland Village, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, The Colony, and Flower Mound since 1983.
Coach Jim Domer, Head of Delegation
2080 Stillwater Place Lewisville, TX 75067
There is an event and/or team for every skill level