Trio of DFW Citizens Tabbed with Annual SOTX Awards
Special Olympics Texas

September, 2015

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced its statewide Athletes and Coach of the Year for 2015 on Tuesday.  Among the five recipients for these awards Rockwall’s Rose Antony has been elected the organization’s Coach of the Year, while Scott Wendt garners Male Athlete of the Year honors for the 22 and up age range. Southlake’s Kathryn Albertini has earned the same honor for the Female side.

All three Dallas-Forth Worth area SOTX award winners will be formally recognized during a VIP Reception on Friday,Oct. 9 in Bryan/College Station during the 2015 SOTX Fall Classic competition.

 

Joining Albertini, Antony and Wendt, Riley Blatz (Round Rock) was named the Male Athlete for the 15-21 age group, while Kayla Gray (Friendswood) was tabbed Female Athlete of the Year (15-21). The organization will announce 10 more award recipients later this week.

 

“As a coach, Rose doesn't teach based on the modifications. She teaches athletes the skills to overcome the modifications and develop into the best athletes they can be,” SOTX Greater Dallas program director Katy Williams said. “You can't ask for more in a coach than that. I have met some incredible coaches as a staff member for SOTX, but no one comes close to the coaching quality of Rose Antony.”

 

Antony has over 30 years of experience with Special Olympics Texas. While she continues to coach, over the years her role has evolved into a mentorship position. As the head of delegation for the Rockwall County Special Olympics delegation, she is a certified trainer and coach in 13 sports; including Level 4 Basketball. In addition, she serves on the area’s Sports Management Team and on other sports-based committees as needed. As a trainer, she mentors and shares her wealth of knowledge and experience to new coaches and transforms their minds. Antony’s delegation is regarded as one of the highest quality programs in the Greater Dallas Area, primarily because she teaches with the "We See Abilities" mindset.

 

Wendt first got involved with SOTX in 2001. Since then, he has competed in several sports within the delegation Antony runs, including Aquatics, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Soccer and Softball. Off the field, Wendt stays active with the organization in various capacities through the Athlete Leadership Program and as a Global Messenger.  Earlier this summer, he helped raise awareness for inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities by carrying the Flame of Hope when the Unified Relay Across America came to his hometown.

 

In 2012, Wendt joined the Aquatics team representing the USA at the World Aquatics Event in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also attended Hill Day in Washington, D.C. to encourage continued government funding support for Special Olympics.

 

“Scott is a success story for how Special Olympics opens many doors for its athletes besides being healthy and competing,” Antony said. “He has a true passion for Special Olympics; he always gives his best, no matter what sport he is playing. Scott is a team player who competes hard and encourages others to strive to do their best. He is willing to take on a leadership role with the team and coaches can look to him to lead or demonstrate instructions.”

 

Albertini, a Greater Fort Worth-area SOTX athlete, will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony on Friday, Oct. 9 in Bryan/College Station during the 2015 SOTX Fall Classic competition.

 

“Kathryn stands as a shining example of an SOTX athlete,” said SOTX Greater Fort Worth Area director Krista Dunham.

 

Albertini has been involved with SOTX for the last 20 years. Since becoming an athlete in 1995, she has participated in Athletics, Aquatics, Basketball, Equestrian and Tennis.

 

Off the playing fields, she has represented SOTX very well as a Global Messenger. She has given several speeches telling about her SOTX experiences. The most recent one was at an elementary school who was promoting ‘Walk Across Texas’, a fundraiser for SOTX. 

 

Albertini is also involved in her church and in several community organizations.  She continues to attend school at the community college level to further challenge and improve herself. Even while doing all of that, she holds down a job as a coffee attendant at 7-Eleven five days a week.

 

“Kathryn exemplifies what Special Olympics is,” her mother Debra Albertini said. “She strives to win, but if she cannot win, she is brave in the attempt.”

 

 

 

2015 SOTX Volunteer Award Honorees

 

Name

Category

City

Kathryn Albertini

Female Athlete of the Year: 22 and older

Southlake

Rose Antony

Coach of the Year

Rockwall

Scott Wendt

Male Athlete of the Year: 22 and older

Rockwall

Riley Blatz

Male Athlete of the Year: 15-21

Round Rock

Kayla Gray

Female Athlete of the Year: 15-21

Friendswood

 

 

About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 53,400 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexasfb.com/SpecialOlympicsTXyoutube.com/specialolympicstexas.

 

 

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