AUSTIN (KXAN) - After 43 years of leasing buildings and moving around, Special Olympics Texas has found a permanent home in Northeast Austin.
Ground was broken on the new state-of-the-art facility Friday. During the ceremony, attendees passed along the Flame of Hope and lit the Special Olympics Texas cauldron.
After lighting the flame, top donators Amber and Steve Mostyn and a representative of the GEO Group, broke ground on the $6 million facility. Both the Mostyns and the GEO group contributed $2 million to the building campaign.
The Mostyn’s donation honored the memory of Amber Mostyn’s mother.
“My mother had a special place in her heart for those with special needs,” said Mostyn. “I cannot think of a better way to honor my mother than to contribute to Special Olympics Texas.”
The GEO group has been working with SOTX for the past 14 years. They said it began as a small golf fundraiser, but grew in to a large part of their lives.
“It is inspiring to watch such a large group of people come together to encourage and celebrate our wonderful athletes and their families,” said Danna Coapland, regional director of business management for the GEO Group. “It truly is the highlight of our year.”
The headquarters will house 20,000- square feet of high-tech space for business operations and training facilities.
“Our new headquarters will be a game changer for us,” said Rudy Lopez, chairman of the SOTX Board of Directors. “Owning a permanent building will allow us to maximize the impact of all donations and better serve the needs of the athletes.”
SOTX is expected to move in to their new space in early 2015.
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