By KAROLYN GEPHART
Special Olympics Texas will have its upcoming 9th Annual Over the Edge event, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Houston on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 am to 5 pm.
Raising funds to support the organization’s more than 59,000 athletes, Over the Edge will provide a great activity for a good cause to over 140 participants as they rappel 20 stories from the rooftop to the second story pool deck. The event is expected to raise more than $150,000 in support of Special Olympics Texas athletes’ year-round training and competitions.
Everyone who wants to support Special Olympics athletes is invited to attend.
Registrations have been coming from all parts of the Houston area, including Pearland, The Woodlands, Humble, Cypress, Sugar Land, Lake Jackson, Clear Lake, and Katy so far.
Bruce Sims, a longtime resident of Pearland will be overseeing the event on November 16 and 17.
“Over the Edge has been one of our premier fundraising events for the past eight years in Houston and we have no doubt that our 9 th annual event will be a huge success,” Tim Martin, President & CEO of Special Olympics Texas, said. “Our athletes do amazing things and show incredible bravery on the field and on the courts and we ask the public to come support their efforts and step out of their comfort zones and rappel to raise funds for our athletes. It’s an amazing event.”
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sherriff Ed Gonzalez will act as honorary Co-Chairs for the event along with Celebrity Co-Chairs Dana Tyson (Sunny 99.1) and Rod Ryan (94.5 The Buzz) and will once again rappel the 20 stories on behalf of Texas’ Special Olympics athletes.
Area residents and Special Olympics fans can come out and cheer on participants throughout the day at the pool deck at the Embassy Suites hotel located at 1515 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77010, featuring music, games, food and more. Both “Sunny 99.1” and “94.5 The Buzz” will broadcast live throughout the day.
Special Olympics Texas’ 9th Annual Over the Edge is presented by Coldwell Banker, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeart Media and Embassy Suites. Sponsorship opportunities are still available to companies wishing to partner with Special Olympics Texas.
For more information, visit www.sotx.org.