Little Olympics Receives Historical Marker

April 26, 2018

On Tuesday, April 24, representatives from several local organizations gathered at San Angelo Stadium for the dedication of a new Texas historical marker honoring 77 years of Little Olympics.

The Texas Historical Commission presented the marker to the San Angelo Kiwanis Club for their long-standing dedication and volunteer work to impact the children of the San Angelo area. This May will mark 77 consecutive years that the Little Olympics has been hosted by the club.

The Little Olympics is an annual event in which hundreds of area elementary children participate in field and running events at San Angelo Stadium. Events include the long jump, the flexed arm hang, bar chin, 60- and 70-yard dash and the 300-yard relay. Medals are awarded to the top competitors in each event.

Representatives from Kiwanis and San Angelo ISD were on hand Tuesday to witness the presentation and unveiling of the new marker by Tom Green County Judge Stephen Floyd, County Historical Commission Chairman Golda Foster, and Kiwanis Past President Carol Atkins.

The marker reads:

On April 21, 1942, the first Little Olympics began as a community service project organized by the San Angelo Kiwanis Club. The event let grade school-aged children prepare for and compete in an area track and field competition, otherwise not available to them. The annual event hosts 4th through 6th grade students from 30-35 local schools. Upwards of 250 volunteer hours are needed to organize and run the event, which averages 1,500 participants and 5,000 spectators. 2016 marked the 75th Little Olympics, illustrating how volunteerism and community service can make a positive, lasting impact on children of the San Angelo community.

The Historical Marker Program is sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission, the state agency for historic preservation. The Tom Green County Historical Commission is an agency of Tom Green County authorized under the laws of the State of Texas and the Texas Historical Commission. Volunteer members are appointed to identify, preserve, and protect the historic sites, cemeteries, and historical resources of our county.