Texas community rallies after Special Olympics bikes stolen


LAKEWAY, Texas (KXAN) – Lakeway and Lake Travis ISD police are investigating the theft of a trailer full of bicycles used for the Special Olympics at Lake Travis Elementary School the day before the competition.

Surveillance video shows a truck pulling up to the trailer full of bikes at Lake Travis Elementary School around 11:15 p.m. Friday night.

Michal Hodde, whose son is one of the athletes, picked up the bikes on Saturday morning to take them to the competition.

“And the trailer had been stolen,” he said. “They took six children’s bikes for Special Olympics. They have very specialized bikes.

But the community was not going to let the athletes down.

“When our trailer was stolen we made it known and the race director called his team who were training today at Hays – who canceled their training and let our athletes borrow the bikes. Also, the bike mechanic who was working on bikes as part of the Games also had a few extra trikes,” said Marisa Sodders, Head of Delegation for Lake Travis ISD Special Olympics. “Seeing everyone come together has been amazing,” she added in tears.

Lakeway Special Olympics athletes participating in the bike race.
Lakeway Special Olympics athletes participating in the bike race.

According to the Lakeway Police Department, suspects entered the school parking lot and were able to break the lock on the trailer, grab onto it and drive off.

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