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Special Olympics Texas host bowling tournament in Pharr

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Special Olympics Texas host bowling tournament in Pharr (Source: CBS 4 Photo)

It’s three days at the Main Event entertainment space in Pharr, that’s filled with games, food, and competition. Over the next three days, thousands of students across the state will show each other what they’re made of.

Leonardo Esquivel is a coach and special education teacher at Mission CISD. He tells CBS 4, it’s a day for students to be competitive.

“Just giving them the uniforms, they’re already excited and can’t wait and they’ll ask you every day when are we competing? Well, here’s the day,” he said.

The Main Event has closed its bowling lanes strictly for Special Olympics Texas to compete for the next three days.

The Special Olympics Texas has programs for everyone. Programs range from athlete leadership to programs that provide free health screening to help remove anxiety with people with intellectual disabilities.

The game also sparks more than just friendly competition. Esquivel adds it also builds confidence.

“They start to open up, opening up to their peers, their teachers and makes them want to get out to their community,” he said. “After high school, they’ll still want to be involved in the community. This is just great for them to get started in the right footsteps.”

Whether they win or lose, all participants will go home with a participation ribbon.

To learn how you can volunteer or donate, click here.

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