50 for 50!

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2018 is the year of Special Olympics Louisiana’s 50th anniversary. For 50 years Special Olympics Louisiana has been creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. We are asking for donations of $50 for our 50th. Donors who make a gift in the amount of $50 or larger will become a Champion of Change and will receive a 50th Anniversary Member coin.

You may have been a part of our past and now we are asking you to be a part of our future.

Donate here.

Meet Team Louisiana-2018 USA Games

Team Louisiana

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will take place in Seattle, Washington on July 1-6.

Team Louisiana will be a delegation of 129 ( 70 athletes, 27 unified partners, 32 coaches and official delegates) representing Special Olympics Louisiana. Our delegation will compete in the following sports: Athletics (Track & Field), Aquatics (Swimming),  Bocce,  Bowling,  Golf, Powerlifting, Tennis, Unified Basketball, Unified Softball, and Unified Flag Football.

Learn more about Team Louisiana here.

We Need You!

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Our State Indoor Games are March 2-3, 2018 and we need you to help out! Give back to your community and participate in a life changing experience. Events will be held through out Baton Rouge.

Can you lend a helping hand? Sign up to volunteer here!

Running for a Cause

Do you love to run? Or do you walk all day for work or school? Do you love helping to support Special Olympics in a fun way? If you said yes, then Charity Miles is the perfect app for you!

Check out the website here and download the app. It’s available in the app store and on the android market! Make sure you pick Special Olympics as the charity of choice and start running for a cause today!

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It’s Time for Polar Plunge 2018!

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This year, our Polar Plunge will be held on February 17, 2018 (Gonzales) and February 24, 2018 (Shreveport).

Anyone can plunge and the minimum amount to raise is $50. Crowd favorites at this event include a costume contest, musical entertainment, as well as vendor displays and giveaways.

Don’t know if you have what it takes? That’s okay, you can still come and watch the fun or donate to a plunger!

Are you ready? REGISTER HERE

State Indoor Games 2018

This year our State Indoor Games will take place on March 2-3, 2018. This will be an event for all areas. Athletes from across the state will compete in Basketball, Bowling and Tennis. You can sign up today to be a volunteer!

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Celebrating 50 Years!

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Special Olympics Louisiana has been helping athletes with intellectual disabilities showcase their talents since 1968. 2018 marks our 50th anniversary of helping to create a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us in helping change the game!

Special Olympics Louisiana is asking for supporters to donate $50 for our 50th. Your donations and efforts will build inclusive and healthy communities, empower our athletes to become leaders of change, and provide a chance to know the true benefit of sports and athletic competition through participation in the Special Olympics program.

DONATE NOW


Medal Monday

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It’s our first Medal Monday of 2018! You know what to do…share with us your Medal Monday pictures in the comments! Make sure you use #medalmonday!


Happy Friday!

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’.”  – Audrey Hepburn

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January Athlete Spotlight

Chris ThibodeauxNAME: Chris Thibodeaux
HOME TOWN: Lafayette, LA
SPORTS: Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, and Golf
AGE: 23
YEARS INVOLVED: 5

  • Q:  Have you ever attended a World or National Games?
    A: No, but I am attending the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle for the first time next year. I can’t wait!
    Q: What are some interesting things about you?
    A:  I’m a college student, I love to make people laugh, I am very friendly, and I have Autism.
    Q: What is your favorite memory that has happened while you have been with Special Olympics?
    A:  My favorite memory is when I hit the winning home run during the state championship softball game.
    Q: How has Special Olympics Changed your life?
    A: I am more active and confident. I have met a bunch of new people and I even travel more.

Coaches Needed!

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Was there a mentor, teacher or coach who made a difference in your life? The one who gave you the courage and determination to strive to be your best? The one who helped shape both your performance and your character? You can be that important person in someone else’s life.

Coaches teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches are role models and character-builders. Special Olympics coaches go even further.They help athletes find their own strengths and abilities. They also show them how to build upon those strengths and improve every day.

As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition. You will enrich the lives of our athletes in many life-changing ways. The skills and confidence an athlete learns through sports have a long and lasting effect.

Call 800.345.6644 or visit http://www.laso.org for more information on becoming a SOLA coach.


Finish Line is Spreading Unstoppable Joy

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For the 6th year in a row, Finish Line will be holding its annual holiday fundraising campaign benefiting Special Olympics. The fundraiser will take place from November 15 until December 31, 2017.  Over 560 Finish Line stores across the United States are participating!

Like before, customers will be asked to make donations at check-out to help benefit Special Olympics. In addition to in-store donations, you will also be able to make online donations and round up on your online purchases.

Click here to shop online or make a donation, or you can visit a store in your area!            Find a location near you in Alexandria, Gretna, Kenner, Lake Charles, Metairie, New Orleans, and two stores in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.


Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

Make sure to stop at your local Jambalaya Shoppe for some yummy food and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores in the state are helping to raise funds for our athletes.

Fundraisers like these help Special Olympics Louisiana provide year round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

We want to say thank you to The Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!

If you can’t make it in to a store today, feel free to donate online here

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Unified Champion Schools

The Unified Champion Schools approach incorporates Special Olympics sports and related activities while enhancing the youth experience and empowering them to be change agents in their communities. This requires a shift in current programs and paradigms from a focus on events to committing to a movement advocating for youth as leaders. This programming promotes social inclusion in schools to ensure special education and general education students are equitably engaged. Teachers and students are encouraged to collaborate and create supportive classrooms, activities and opportunities. Students should be encouraged and supported to be agents of change, have opportunities to be leaders, and participate in collaborative school activities. To achieve this, school leaders and educators must foster a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students. A socially inclusive school is a place where no student is excluded because of the degree or type of disability or the services required to meet his/her needs.

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ALEX AND ANI “Be Brave” Bangle Launch

cbd17bbsg_frontFor almost 50 years, the bravery of  Special Olympics athletes all over the world has opened hearts & minds. Now, you have the opportunity to keep a piece of their inspiration with you every day through the new Alex and Ani #BeBrave bangle! LINK


Happy Friday!

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“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”
-Buddha


Volunteer Needed!

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Give back to your community and participate in a life changing program!
Can you lend a helping hand for our upcoming state competition?

Special Olympics Louisiana needs volunteers for the upcoming 2018 Indoor Games being held March 2, 2018.  For more details and online sign up click here.


Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

Make sure to stop at your local Jambalaya Shoppe for some yummy food and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores in the state are helping to raise funds for our athletes.

Fundraisers like these help Special Olympics Louisiana provide year round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

We want to say thank you to The Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!

If you can’t make it in to the store today, feel free to donate online here

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We Want You!

Calling all athletes, families, coaches, partners, and volunteers. This is your chance to shine!

One of our favorite things here at SOLA is hearing amazing stories from our Special Olympics community.

Please share your story with us. We want to know how you became involved with Special Olympics and what kind of difference it has made in your everyday life! You could even share your best photos from an event or competition.

We will even share some of your stories to our blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

You can post your stories or pictures into the comments below or email us!

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Young Athletes

With the generous support of the Mattel Children’s Foundation, the Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports play program designed to introduce children with intellectual disabilities to the world of sports prior to their Special Olympics eligibility.

Designed for children ages 2 through 7, the Young Athletes program is designed to strengthen physical development and self-esteem by building skills for future sports participation and socialization. These skills can also help increase the participant’s motor tracking and eye-hand coordination. The program encourages families to become involved as the child learns success through physical activity, all while connecting with their intellectually disabled child in unique ways.

Find out more about the program here. 

 

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Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

Make sure to stop at your local Jambalaya Shoppe for some yummy food and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores in the state are helping to raise funds for our athletes.

Fundraisers like these help Special Olympics Louisiana provide year round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

We want to say thank you to The Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!

If you’re unable to make it into a store today, feel free to donate here 

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!

We went to send out a Thank You to all of Special Olympics Louisiana’s sponsors and all that they do for us!sponsors


Medal Monday

It’s our favorite day of the week — Medal Monday!

Share a picture of your favorite athlete with their medals! Olivia


December Athlete Spotlight: Da’quan Ward

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  • Q :  Have you ever attended a World or National Games?

    A :  No, but I am attending the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games for the first time next year.

  •  Q :  What are some interesting things about you?
      A:  I’ve been an employee at Dominos for 3 years and I have one brother. I love playing basketball, football, video games, and I love to exercise!
  • Q : What is your favorite memory that has happened while you have been with Special Olympics?

    A :  When we win our basketball games.

  • Q : Who has helped you the most to get to this point?

    A  : My mom.

 


Finish Line is Spreading Unstoppable Joy!

For the 6th year in a row, Finish Line will be holding its annual holiday fundraising campaign benefiting Special Olympics. The fundraiser will take place from November 15 until December 31, 2017.  Over 560 Finish Line stores across the United States are participating!

Like before, customers will be asked to make donations at check-out to help benefit Special Olympics. In addition to in-store donations, you will also be able to make online donations and round up on your online purchases.

Click here to shop online or make a donation, or you can visit a store in your area!            Find a location near you in Alexandria, Gretna, Kenner, Lake Charles, Metairie, New Orleans, and two stores in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.Powerlifting Athlete


Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

Make sure to stop at your local Jambalaya Shoppe for some yummy food and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores in the state are helping to raise funds for our athletes.

Fundraisers like these help Special Olympics Louisiana provide year round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

We want to say thank you to The Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!

If you can’t make it in to a store today, feel free to donate online here

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Thank You to the Over the Edge Sponsors!

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Thank you to all of our wonderful participants for making Over the Edge a success. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Special thanks to our event sponsors for making OTE possible:

Boes Iron Works, Inc.
MS Benbow & Associates
Entergy
Our Lady of the Angels
Valero

In-Kind Sponsors:
Kenner Police Department
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
Corporate Realty
Valero
Knights of Columbus
Walmart
New Orleans Saints
Oschner
Grooves Entertainment Mobile DJ’s
White Donut Productions
Raising Cane’s
610 Stompers
WWL
Firehouse Subs #1492
WGNO
SMG
Juan’s Flying Burrito
St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office

We can’t wait for next year!


Medal Monday

Guess what day it is? Our favorite day – MEDAL MONDAY! Share a picture of your favorite athlete with their medals!Martin Maher/Freelance


Over The Edge Today!

If you’re in the New Orleans area today, come out and support us at Over the Edge! We’ll have SWAT Training, rappelling, and helicopter rides! Join us at Benson Tower in New Orleans from 7-3. #NOLAOTE FLYER


Follow Us on Instagram

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Did you know that SOLA has an Instagram?

Follow @specialolympicslouisiana to see current pictures of our amazing athletes and stay updated on current events!


Every Mile Matters!

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Charity Miles is a free smart phone app, on iPhone or Android, that tracks your mileage while you exercise while raising money for different causes. Anyone can log on and earn money for their miles, whether you bike, run, or walk!

 

Download Charity Miles to your iPhone or Android device today and start earning for Special Olympics! Earn 25 cents for every mile you walk or run, and 10 cents for every mile you cycle!

Clink here for directions on downloading!

 


#Giving2Play

It’s #Giving2Play day and we want to give athletes the chance to Play Sports, Play Healthy, and Play Unified. This #GivingTuesday donate now and your gift will be MATCHED.

Your donation will give 2 times the health exams, support twice the amount of Louisiana athletes live their dream, and give double the number of sports equipment and attire.

Click here to contribute.


#Giving2Play

Giving2PlayCreative_FB1_V1.gifThere are athletes in every corner of Louisiana waiting for your gift to get in the game.And on this #Giving2Play day, your gift will be MATCHED.

Your gift today will have DOUBLE the impact to; help twice as many athletes, change twice as many lives, and double the amount of joy. We can’t do this without you. The offer only lasts until midnight, so give now.

Right now there are millions of potential athletes sitting on the benches waiting for their chance to get in the game. They don’t know what it feels like to win a game at the buzzer, block a shot, or sink a three pointer. But even more they don’t know the overwhelming joy that comes with representing their home state of Louisiana. Today, you can change that!

You can be the change an athlete needs. You can be the difference in their lives. And today, your gift will have double the impact. Don’t hesitate, step up today.

P.S. This match doesn’t last forever. In fact, it’s already halfway done, so don’t hesitate. Give today.

Donate Now!


Finish Line is Spreading Unstoppable Joy

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For the 6th year in a row, Finish Line will be holding its annual holiday fundraising campaign benefiting Special Olympics. The fundraiser will take place from November 15 until December 31, 2017.  Over 560 Finish Line stores across the United States are participating!

Like before, customers will be asked to make donations at check-out to help benefit Special Olympics. In addition to in-store donations, you will also be able to make online donations and round up on your online purchases.

Click here to shop online or make a donation, or you can visit a store in your area!            Find a location near you in Alexandria, Gretna, Kenner, Lake Charles, Metairie, New Orleans, and two stores in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.


Shop SOLA on Black Friday

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Did you know we have an online souvenir shop?! Browse SOLA’s online store for  amazing products and purchase today.

Click here to visit SOLA’s online shop.

Call us at 1-800-345-6644 or email laso@laso.org with your order today!


Let’s Go Over the Edge!

V32A4297 copyHave a fear of heights that you wish to conquer or are you a thrill seeker? Then come join us on December 1, 2017 and go Over the Edge! Participants will get to rappel down 25 stories on the side of Benson Tower in New Orleans, ride in a helicopter, and S.W.A.T. train at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s training facility.

Too scared to rappel? Then donate to an edger and help them reach their goal for Special Olympics Louisiana. Or, you can make General Donation for the athletes that are participating in the event!

Do you have what it takes to go Over the Edge?

Register Now!


Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

TJSFMO logo ricca final 2Make sure to stop at your local Jambalaya Shoppe for some yummy food and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores in the state are helping to raise funds for our athletes.

Fundraisers like these help Special Olympics Louisiana provide year round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

We want to say thank you to The Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!


Meet One of Our Volunteers

keifer ackley award photoKeifer Ackley is the president of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at McNeese State University. Ackley helped organize their “Monster Mash” Halloween dance that had 150 current students at McNeese and over 50 Special Olympics Louisiana-Southwest Area athletes in attendance.

During the dance, it was announced that Ackley had been granted the 2017 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Louisiana Chapter) Scholarship Award for his efforts with Special Olympics Louisiana at McNeese. Also, in April, he worked with his fraternity to start an on-campus basketball tournament called “PIKE Slamma Jamma” that was able to raise $4,500 for SOLA.

Ackley says, “We tend to become selfish in college as we become more independent and stressed. Events like these are important for students to learn how to unify, love, and encourage others. It’s truly remarkable to see how many lives are impacted.”


Monster Mash Hosted by Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity

On Friday, October 13th Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at McNeese State University hosted a “Monster Mash” Halloween dance. All McNeese students were invited to go dance, play games, eat, and mingle with over 50 Special Olympics Louisiana-Southwest Area athletes. 150 students attended the event, dancing and smiling alongside the athletes.

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity president, Keifer Ackley, said “the amount of love and joy felt in that room was indescribable. Our Special Olympics athletes teach us to love life, be brave, and to love everyone you interact with.” monster mash


A Thank You to Our Sponsors!

We went to send out a Thank You to all of Special Olympics Louisiana’s sponsors and all that they do for us!

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Special Olympics Louisiana Intern Named Southeastern Louisiana University Homecoming Queen

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On Saturday, October 28, 2017, one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s interns, Mattie Hawkins, was named the 2017 Southeastern Louisiana University Homecoming Queen.

Mattie is studying to become a senior sports management major. She is the Chapter President of Delta Sigma Theta, a Project PULL mentor, a student worker in the Office of Disability Services, and an intern at Special Olympics Louisiana.

Upon hearing she had won Mattie was speechless, but afterwards said, “It was a major accomplishment to be crowned and I am proud to represent Southeastern Louisiana University and Special Olympics Louisiana.”


A Big Thanks To Our Partners!

How to Become a Partner
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  • Phone: (985) 345-6644
  • Toll Free: (800) 345-6644 (in Louisiana)
  • Fax: (985) 345-6649
  • Email: laso@laso.org