Golf tournament to benefit athletes with special needs

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

April 9, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated April 8, 2013 at 11:09 p.m.

Ignored, neglected and growing - that's how golf coach Susan Bailey described the special-needs community of Victoria.

Basketball, golf and bowling have kept her 30-year-old son, who has Down syndrome, busy since he graduated from Brenham High School 11 years ago.

When she moved back to Victoria in 2002, Bailey said a brief in the newspaper connected her with Victoria Shining Stars delegation leader Angie Truax, whom Bailey now calls her best friend.

On May 11, Victoria Shining Stars is hosting a golf tournament and silent auction at the Victoria Country Club to raise money needed for their special-needs members to register, travel and eat at an upcoming Special Olympics tournament in Arlington on May 23-27.

"There's quite a bit of traveling in Special Olympics," Bailey said. "The need for Special Olympics is growing."

The area special-needs association has grown exponentially in the last 12 years, said Truax.

"We started with 11 members, and now we have more than 100," Truax said.

About 80 percent of the members are adult-aged special needs people. The oldest member is 70 years old, and the youngest is 8, Bailey said.

Participating in the Special Olympics can bring socialization and a sense of achievement to participants, said Truax.

"There are so many costs for special-needs adults," Bailey said. "Some of them won't be able to afford to stay the whole weekend. Hotels are expensive."

Tuesday afternoon, Sportsman's Church donated $1,500 to the cause, said Bailey.



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