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Miss Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant to be held Oct. 24
Special Olympics Texas

October, 2015

Watch a group of ladies with intellectual disabilities have their "Miss America" moment at the Miss Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Lake Hills Church, 11431 Bee Caves Rd., from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations to Special Olympics Texas are appreciated. 


Twenty-five participants of all ages will be competing in several areas of fashion, including: Formal, Party Wear, Sunday Dress, Pretty in Pink and Interview.  Come cheer them on as they are crowned the 2015 Miss Sweetheart Queens!


Registration to participate in the Miss Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant is still open.Click here to fill out the registration form. Makeup, registration, orientation and rehearsal will be held prior to the pageant, beginning at 11:00 a.m. A ramp and assistance will be provided if needed. All participants will receive a crown, banner, t-shirt, goodie bag and surprises.


Malyn Bannister, a recent graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University where she majored in Special Education and served on the Executive Board of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, had a vision of creating a special needs pageant to allow young ladies of all ages with intellectual/physical disabilities the opportunities she has experienced participating in pageants, when she was 15.  At age 17, her dream came to life and the first Miss Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant was held in 2010.  The response was overwhelming, as it gives these the ladies an opportunity to gain life skills, communications skills, self-confidence and much more.


Bannister’s older brother, Colby, has Down Syndrome, so she has been actively striving to increase public awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities for most of her life.  She has competed in numerous local, state and national pageants and is a true inspiration and role model to all who meet her. Currently, she is the reigning Miss Texas United America. 


For more information on sponsoring this event or volunteering, contact Courtney Shelton ( at 512.491.2927.



FEATURE: Miss Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant shines a positive light on contestants– via The Dallas Morning News Special Needs Blog




About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 53,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Visit the SOTX- Central Texas Area Facebook page at

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