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

September, 2016

Twenty-five female participants of all ages with intellectual disabilities will have their "Miss America" moment at theMiss Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Lake Hills Church, 11431 Caves Rd., from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations to Special Olympics Texas are appreciated. 


Participants will be competing in several areas of fashion, including: Formal, Party Wear, Sunday Dress, Pretty in Pink and Interview.


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 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, had a vision of creating a special needs pageant when she was 15 years old. Bannister wanted young ladies of all ages with intellectual and physical disabilities to have the opportunity to experience beauty pageants in the same way that she did.


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 and is a SOTX athlete, so she has strived 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.



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


For more information on the event, visit or contact Rhonda Bannister ( at 817.233.0984.



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 55,200 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: Twitter Visit the SOTX- Central Texas Area Facebook page at


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