HHSC Hosts Ribbon Cutting for El Paso State Supported Living Center Sports Complex

Media Advisory
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Cecile Erwin Young
HHS Executive Commissioner
Thomas Vazquez, 512-424-6951

AUSTIN – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is hosting a ribbon cutting Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, to celebrate a new sports complex at the El Paso State Supported Living Center (El Paso SSLC).

The $550,000 sports complex features a basketball court, where residents can also play soccer, and a baseball field adjacent to the court. Constructed throughout summer 2023, the sports complex allows El Paso SSLC residents to meaningfully engage with each other and build comradery.

El Paso SSLC, home to almost 100 residents, provides campus-based direct services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Residents receive 24/7 residential services in a structured, campus-based environment. Services include personalized behavioral treatment, primary and specialty health care, psychiatric services, dental care, skills training, day habilitation and employment services, as well as customized adaptive aids such as seating and positioning devices.

HHSC staff will offer remarks and thank members of the community for their support, including the Marathon Petroleum Corporation for its $46,000 grant for new sports equipment, uniforms and apparel for El Paso SSLC residents and employees. Additionally, the El Paso SSLC Police Department will participate in a baseball game with residents, featuring a first pitch by Chico the Chihuahua.

WHAT: Ceremonial ribbon cutting for new El Paso SSLC Sports Complex

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 18
               2:30 pm (GMT)

WHO: Scott Schalchlin, deputy executive commissioner, 
               Texas Health and Human Services Commission
               Laura Moore, director, El Paso SSLC
               John Moore, manager, Environmental, Safety and Security, Marathon Petroleum Corporation

WHERE: 6700 Delta Drive, El Paso, TX 79905

Reporters should RSVP at Thomas.Vazquez@hhs.texas.gov