Special Olympics funding targeted by the Trump administration

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Special Olympics funding targeted by the Trump administration

Special Olympics funding is currently being threatened by the Trump administration. It’s a program that has continued to grow in the Valley.

“We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget,” said Betsy DeVos, Education Secretary.

As she defended her proposed budget which would cut all federal funding from the Special Olympics.

“The Special Olympics is an awesome organization that is well be supported by the philanthropic sector as well,” DeVos  said.

Tim Martin, CEO with Special Olympics Texas said the program has continued to the grow over the last year.

“We went from 90 campuses last year to over 230 campuses already this year,” Martin said.

Martin said, the cuts would prevent the program from expanding in the Valley.

“Absolutely our program staff do a tremendous job across the Valley getting Special Olympics to grow within the school systems,” Martin said.            

The funding is used to start programs in locations that might have a difficult time otherwise.

The funding also helps to buy equipment for the sport, uniforms and other materials needed.

While the Special Olympics funding is on the chopping block, Martin said that will not stop their mission.

“Special Olympics isn’t going to go away without those monies, but where this does hit us is with those athletes that need the most service,” Martin said.

The Special Olympics – South Texas chapter’s biggest event of the year is coming up.

The spring games will be hosted in Weslaco High School April 26 to  27.

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