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Rib eating contest raises money for Special Olympics athletes in South Texas, here’s who won


Every year Texas Roadhouse helps raise money for Special Olympics Texas with a rib eating contest.

The money is used for the athletes who compete in various sports.

“I play bowling basketball, flag football, swimming, and volleyball,” said Robert Kaetocs, a Special Olympics Texas Athlete

He’s been competing since he was in middle school, and fundraisers like this help pay for his equipment and training.

“Stuff we need for sports to play with and compete with and all the ribbons we get it helps us a lot,” said Kaetocs. “It shows the smile on our face.”

“If they’re going to do volleyball they need volleyballs and they need quality basketballs so whatever they may need each team is different,” said Alice Fulton-Garza.

There are 190 coaches who train athletes here in South Texas.

Fulton-Garza says events like tip-a-cop and the rib eating contest are a win for the athletes and a win for the officers who are helping raise awareness.

“They’ll tell you about the Special Olympics they would love to tell you their stories,” said Fulton-Garza.

Nearly 3000 athletes competed in the Special Olympics Texas summer games last May.

“They’re just as passionate and work just as hard as any other athlete out there,” said Fulton-Garza.

This year the Corpus Christi Fire Department won the contest, and took the trophy and bragging rights home for another year.

Brenda Matute

Brenda Matute

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