Special Olympics/PE

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Beginning at the age of 8, athletes of all skill levels have the opportunity to participate and succeed in the Tuttle School Special Olympics Program. We offer three levels of training and competition: 

Individual Skills focuses on developmental sports training and activities. This level of competition is best suited for our younger athletes, those who are new to sports, as well as those who require a higher level of physical and instructional support from coaches, individual skills, team skills, and team competitions. Athlete ability levels are carefully assessed before the athlete is placed in the appropriate competition level. 

Team Skills, offered for basketball athletes, is an intermediate level of competition for those who have mastered Individual Skills, but who are not yet ready to participate at the Team level. 

Both Individual and Team Skills athletes participate in competitions with other athletes from the Greater Houston Area.

Team Sports competitions are offered to Upper Tuttle School athletes who participate in softball and/or basketball. Athletes participating in Team Sports are those who are able to understand and follow the rules of the game. Team Sports athletes demonstrate the ability to play at a higher level of skill and competition. Playing on one of our teams requires an additional time commitment, as the games are played on evenings and weekends. Our teams play against other Special Olympics athletes at local, area, and even state competitions. 

Practice for competition takes place at school during P.E. class. The ability level of each athlete is carefully assessed before he or she is placed in the appropriate competition level.

"The most important thing is that our athletes work hard and try their best. Winning is fun, but it’s not everything! When I talk to the athletes after competitions, I ask them three things: Did you try your best? Did you help your team? Did you have fun? If they can say yes to all three of these questions, then I know that we have succeeded in living up to the mission of Special Olympics."

Jessica Rivas
Tuttle School Special Olympics/PE Instructor
(281) 493-1070 Ext. 144

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Athletic Program Advantage

Works to build a positive self-image, confidence and responsibility

Improves motor skills and overall fitness 

Encourages teamwork, leadership and promotes long-lasting friendships 

Sports participation can foster team work and skill-building in a safe environment 

Tuttle faculty serve as coaches 

Every student has the opportunity to participate 

(August - October)

  • Coach Pitch Team
  • Individual Skills

(January - March)

  • Individual Skills
  • Team Skills
  • 5-on-5 Team

(October - November)

  • All Tuttle School participates
  • A $50 fee is due prior to bowling to cover lanes and transportation fees

Track and Field

(October - November)

  • Individual Skills

(March - April)

  • Individual Skills
  • Singles

The Tuttle School Special Olympics program has been a true life saver for our son.  He began participating as a medically fragile teenager who barely had the stamina to run the length of the basketball court once.  His physical limitations were met by an exceptional team of coaches who encouraged him and celebrated every single milestone he made.  We watched in amazement as he transformed into a vibrant team player.  He has blossomed in every way.  He loves being a part of a team. He is now an "athlete" and he takes great pride in that accomplishment.  This year he had the honor of going with the Tuttle School softball team to the Special Olympics State Tournament where they won first place!  He will carry that sense of achievement for the rest of his life. We are forever grateful. Thank you Tuttle School!

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