(PAPER ONLY) Perry honors Texas Olympians

The SE Texas Record Oct. 23, 2008, 8:35am

Gov. Rick Perry recognized Texans who participated in the 2008 Olympics with a reception at the State Capitol on Oct. 22.

AUSTIN � Gov. Rick Perry honored Texas athletes and coaches who participated in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics with proclamations recognizing their accomplishments at a reception and photo opportunity at the State Capitol.

"This year's Olympic games riveted the world and set the stage for a fantastic spectacle of athletics and competition," Gov. Perry said. "I'm proud of these Texans for representing the Lone Star State in Beijing and continuing the time honored tradition of sportsmanship and unity at the Olympic Games."

The governor noted that Texas Olympians are role models for all Texans, motivating others to live healthier lifestyles. For young Texans in particular, these athletes are an example of how discipline, strong character and dedication lead to success.

An avid runner, Gov. Perry has made fitness and healthy lifestyle choices an important part of his healthcare initiatives.

In 2004, Gov. Rick Perry launched the Texas Round-Up statewide fitness initiative and 10K race to motivate and encourage Texans to become more active and to incorporate healthy choices in their daily lives.

Today, Texas Round-Up is an independent not-for-profit organization working to improve the health of Texas through education and promotion of physical activity and healthy living.

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