2018 State Fall Classic

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State Fall Classic is this weekend!

State Fall Classic is an event for Athletes and Unified Partners from across Louisiana competing in Swimming, Horseshoes, and Softball. The event will be held on October 20th and 21st at Pelican Park, Carencro, LA.

Find the full schedule here!

Volunteers are still needed! Sign up to volunteer for State Fall Classic today!

Become a Volunteer!

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Special Olympics Louisiana is always in need of volunteers!

Whether you want to become a coach, volunteer in our state office, officiate games, become a medical volunteer, other specialized fields, or just come out for one event a year; we have something for you at Special Olympics Louisiana!

The next event we need YOU for is State Fall Classic! This is an event for Athletes and Unified Partners from across Louisiana competing in Swimming, Horseshoes, and Softball. State Fall Classic is on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st in Carencro, LA! Sign up as a volunteer for today!

You can find more information about volunteering on our website, contact us by email, or call us at 1-800-345-6644.

NOLA Over the Edge 2018

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Join us for NOLA Over the Edge 2018! You can have the experience of a lifetime and donate to Special Olympics Louisiana!

Participants will get the opportunity to RAPPEL 25 stories down NOLA’s Benson Tower, RIDE in a helicopter & SWAT train with Louisiana’s finest at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Training Facility, while raising much needed funds for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! This year the event will be held on December 7th and begin at 6 am.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Click here to register today!

Too scared? You can donate to other edgers!

Internships Available!

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Did you know Special Olympics Louisiana has internships available? Build your portfolio while helping a state wide organization that serves over 15,000 people. Internships are available in Accounting, Clerical, Event Planning, Fundraising, Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Recruiting, and Sports/Competition. Contact our office to find out more at 1-800-345-6644 or laso@laso.org.

50th Anniversary

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Since 1968, Special Olympics Louisiana has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing the world! Starting in 2018, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us — and Change the Game!

We are asking our supporters to pledge $50 to Special Olympics Louisiana in honor of our 50th Anniversary. You may be a part of our past and now we want you to become a part of our future! 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.

Thank you for celebrating 50 years of joy, courage, and empowerment of people with intellectual disabilities with Special Olympics Louisiana.

Unified Champion Schools

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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.

For more information click here.

 

NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition

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Whether you are fearless or looking to overcome your fears, NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition is the challenge for you! This event is the ULTIMATE Adrenaline Rush!

Participants will get the opportunity to RAPPEL 25 stories down NOLA’s Benson Tower, RIDE in a helicopter & SWAT train with Louisiana’s finest at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Training Facility, while raising much needed funds for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! This year the event will be held on December 7th and begin at 6 am.

Find more information about NOLA Over the Edge here!

Find our Facebook event page here!

Support SOLA through Amazon Smile

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Amazon.com has an initiative called Amazon Smile, which allows you to support your favorite charity with every purchase online. When you go to smile.amazon.com it will ask you to login to your Amazon account and then choose your favorite charity organization.

If you type in Special Olympics Louisiana and search, a “Special Olympics Louisiana, Inc” will pop up. Once you have selected your charity, it automatically adds it to your profile and EVERY purchase you make sends 0.5% of that purchase to your charity.

Check it out today and support our athletes all year long with a smile!

Volunteers Needed!

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Give back to your community and participate in a life changing program. Sign up to be a volunteer for Special Olympics Louisiana today!

Whether you want to become a coach, volunteer in our state office, officiate games, become a medical volunteer, other specialized fields, or just come out for one event a year; we have something for you at Special Olympics Louisiana!

Call us at 1-800-345-6644 or send us an e-mail.

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Exhibit Still Open!

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Join us for the exhibition of “Brave in the Attempt: Special Olympics in Louisiana” at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches.

This exhibition highlights the history of Special Olympics with a focus on the organization’s efforts in Louisiana. The foundation for Special Olympics Louisiana was built at the 1968 Special Olympics Games, held on Soldier’s Field in Chicago. The exhibit opened May 5, 2018 and will be open throughout the year in honor of Special Olympics Louisiana’s 50th Anniversary.

Address: 800 Front St. Natchitoches, 71457 | 318-357-2492
Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thank you, Sponsors!

Mission Partner

Program Partners
    

Platinum Sponsor

              

Law Enforcement Torch Run Sponsors State Games Sponsors
Silver Medal Sponsors
-Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association
Medallion Sponsors
-Valero St. Charles Refinery
-SwimmingPool.com
-Healthy Blue/BlueCross BlueShield
-Smile Generation
Bronze Medal Sponsors
Louisiana Sheriff’s Association
Gold Medal Sponsors
-AT&T
-The Rotary Club of Lafayette South
-The CarMax Foundation
-Voya Financial
Silver Medal Sponsors
-The Fred B. & Ruth B. Zigler Foundation
-Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge
-Smitty’s Supply
-Roseburg Forest Product Company
-Kohl’s
-Dow Chemical
-The Oscar J. Tolmas Trust
-The P&G Fund of The Greater Cincinnati  Foundation
-Mattel, Inc.
-Exxon Mobil/ Exxon Mobil Fund
-Finish Line Youth Foundation
-Pinnacle Financial Strategies
Bronze Medal Sponsors
-Williams Companies
-The Jambalaya Shoppe
-Tangipahoa Tourism

 

State Fall Classic

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State Fall Classic will be held October 20 and 21st this year and hosts aquatics, horseshoes, and softball events. The Aquatics meet is held at the Robichaux Recreation Center in Lafayette, LA and horseshoes and softball tournaments are held in Carencro, LA at Pelican Park.

Volunteers are needed! Click here to sign up!

Find our Facebook event page here!

Knights of Columbus Steak Dinner TOMORROW

The Hammond Knights of Columbus Council 2952 is hosting its 20th Annual Steak Dinner & Benefit Raffle which will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018. This Dinner is their annual fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Louisiana and other local organizations that serve individuals with disabilities.  Tickets are $100.00 (donation) which includes 2 steak dinners and a chance of 4 raffle drawings. Raffle Drawings include two grand prizes of $5,000.00 and two additional drawings of $500.00.

For tickets call the Knights of Columbus Hall at 985-542-2952 or Special Olympics Louisiana at 985-345-6644.

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Location: John F. Kennedy Council 2952 Home
​Time: Social Hour 5:00 pm       Dinner 6:30 pm       Takeout: 5:00 pm

Connect With Us!

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Did you know that we are on LinkedIn?   If you are on the site, we hope that you will connect with us and say hello.

This is another great way that you can follow along with what is happening in the world of Special Olympics Louisiana.

Connect with us by clicking here!

September Athlete Spotlight- Yancy Morris

  • Q:  How did you get involved with Special Olympics?

    A:   I began competing when my girlfriend, who is a Special Olympics Louisiana bowler,  told me about the programs.

  • Q: Are you currently employed?
    A: Yes, I have been working with the Grenier Center for Lafourche Arc in the saw shop for the past 4 years.
    Q: How would your friends describe you?
    A : I am known for my positive attitude, being a team player, and having a kind and caring heart.
    Q:  What are your hobbies?     

    A :  In my free time, I enjoy fishing, hunting, and riding four wheelers.

Charity Miles

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What is Charity Miles?
A free smart phone app, Charity Miles tracks exercise milage while allowing users to raise money for charities. Cyclists earn 10 cents per mile while walkers and runners can earn 25 cents a mile!

How to Use the Charity Miles App:
Compatible for iPhone and Android, users can download the free Charity Miles app from the App Store. Once users log in, they will swipe until they find the Special Olympics logo and then select as charity of choice. Users then select their type of exercise depending if they are walking, running, or cycling, and then click “Start.” After logging exercise mileage, users can post their work out details to Facebook and Twitter to show how much they’ve raised for Special Olympics!

Support Special Olympics athletes every time you run, walk, or cycle by downloading the free Charity Miles app TODAY!

Healthy Athletes

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Special Olympics Louisiana’ Healthy Athletes program currently offers health screenings in six areas: Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology),  Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry). Healthy Athletes organizes its events in a welcoming, fun environment. Its screenings educate athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and identify problems that may need additional follow-up.

Click on the discipline to learn more:
Fit Feet
FUN Fitness
Health Promotion
Healthy Hearing 
Opening Eyes
Special Smiles

Want to learn more about Healthy Athletes? Contact us.

Find out more information here.

R-Word Campaign

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Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with intellectual disabilities.

The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at www.r-word.org and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Spread the word to END the word! We want YOU to take the pledge in stopping the use of this word.

Click here to take the pledge!

Download the R-Word Brochure

Contact our office to get the official Spread the Word to End the Word Button!

Florida Parishes Area Trivia Night!

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The Florida Parishes Area Trivia Night is TONIGHT!

Throughout the night you will be inspired as you hear from Special Olympics Louisiana athletes and parents why they believe in the power of our movement. You will be asked to give in a way you believe can offer a higher quality of life for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Florida Parishes Area.

This is a fundraiser for the Florida Parishes Area and will be held at the Hammond Police Union Hall in Hammond, LA.  The cost is $25 per person or $200 per table (8 people).

For more information call 1-800-345-6644.

Northwest Area Trivia Night!

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The Northwest Area Trivia Night is this Saturday!

Join us for the 2018 Northwest Area Trivia Night on Saturday, August 25th at Elks Lodge in Shreveport. The event begins at 5:30 pm. For more information about this fundraiser please contact Jim Bates.

50th Anniversary

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Since 1968, Special Olympics Louisiana has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing the world! Starting in 2018, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us — and Change the Game!

We are asking our supporters to pledge $50 to Special Olympics Louisiana in honor of our 50th Anniversary. You may be a part of our past and now we want you to become a part of our future! 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.

Thank you for celebrating 50 years of joy, courage, and empowerment of people with intellectual disabilities with Special Olympics Louisiana.

Knights of Columbus Steak Dinner

KofC - EO_3rdDegree_color_en KOCThe Hammond Knights of Columbus Council 2952 is hosting its 20th Annual Steak Dinner & Benefit Raffle which will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018. This Dinner is their annual fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Louisiana and other local organizations that serve individuals with disabilities.  Tickets are $100.00 (donation) which includes 2 steak dinners and a chance of 4 raffle drawings. Raffle Drawings include two grand prizes of $5,000.00 and two additional drawings of $500.00.

For tickets call the Knights of Columbus Hall at 985-542-2952 or Special Olympics Louisiana at 985-345-6644.

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Location: John F. Kennedy Council 2952 Home
​Time: Social Hour 5:00 pm       Dinner 6:30 pm       Takeout: 5:00 pm

50th Anniversary

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Since 1968, Special Olympics Louisiana has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing the world! Starting in 2018, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us — and Change the Game!

We are asking our supporters to pledge $50 to Special Olympics Louisiana in honor of our 50th Anniversary. You may be a part of our past and now we want you to become part of our future! 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. Special Olympics Louisiana is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 72-0706608, 501(c) (3) organization, incorporated in the State of Louisiana.

Connect With Us!

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Did you know that we are on LinkedIn?  We are!  If you are on the site, we hope that you will connect with us and say hello.

This is another great way that you can follow along with what is happening in the world of Special Olympics Louisiana.

Connect with us by clicking here!

State Summer Games

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Join us May 18-20 in Hammond, LA for our 2018 State Summer Games.This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in Athletics (Track & Field), Bocce, Powerlifting and Unified Volleyball. Sign up today to play, coach or volunteer for this event.

Athlete Spotlight: Scott Smith

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HOME TOWN: New Iberia, LA
SPORT: Unified Flag Football
AGE: 29
YEARS INVOLVED: 18 Years

Q:  How has Special Olympics impacted your life?
A: Special Olympics helped me have better communication skills with people and helped me get my job at Popeyes.

Q:  What are your favorite hobbies?
A: I enjoy playing sports, watching the New Orleans Saints, and hanging out with friends. I am known for my famous “wind up” where I get my teammates pumped up.

Q:  Are you employed?
A:  Yes, I have been a cook at Popeyes for 8 years.

Q: Have you ever attended USA Games?
A: Yes, I competed in New Jersey in 2014 and I will compete this year at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle. My favorite memory with Special Olympics is winning a gold medal in New Jersey.

50th Anniversary

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Since 1968, Special Olympics Louisiana has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing the world! Starting in 2018, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us — and Change the Game!

We are asking our supporters to pledge $50 to Special Olympics Louisiana in honor of our 50th Anniversary. You may be a part of our past and now we want you to become part of our future! 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. Special Olympics Louisiana is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 72-0706608, 501(c) (3) organization, incorporated in the State of Louisiana.

Planned Giving

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Special Olympics Louisiana provides sports training and competition opportunities to thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities. We are constantly striving to grow and expand our program. To insure we will be here in the future to meet the needs of our athletes, we must continue to find private funding. Your current donations are important, but Gifts of Planned Giving will make a difference for the future. They will help insure that Special Olympics Louisiana continues its mission well into the next century. The most common way to make a Gift of Planned Giving is by a bequest or legacy gift. A bequest in your will lets you pass any amount you wish to us free of estate tax in the United States. You may give a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate. We encourage you to consult an attorney who specializes in estate planning to ensure your will best suits your needs and desires. For more information on giving to Special Olympics Louisiana, please call 1-800-345-6644 and visit www.specialolympics.org/legacy.  You may also email Connie Grandmason, Director, Bequests & Estate Gifts, SOI, at cgrandmason@specialolympics.org or toll free 866-690-3951.

Healthy Athletes

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Special Olympics Louisiana offers free health examinations for our athletes at our State Events!

Healthy Athletes is a large part of our organization.  Our athletes are screened through Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Fit 08Feet, Fun Fitness, and Opening Eyes.  Our athletes are screened, free of charge, at our state competitions.  Athletes also receive a “goody” bag for Special Smiles and Health promotion filled with lots of great tools to keep up the good work! Come out and find the booth at our State Games!

LETR Movement


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Did you know that The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Louisiana, or LETR, unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Louisiana? Torch Run efforts to raise funds include collecting corporate sponsorships, selling T-shirts, Running, and hosting unique fundraising events.

Get involved by clicking here!

Motivational Monday

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“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”

-Nikos Kazantzakis

Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge TONIGHT

The 15th Annual Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge kicks off tonight located in Downtown Hammond, Louisiana. More Than 60 KCBS TEAMS from around the U.S. will compete against each other and local teams for more than $12,000 in Cash & Prizes. This year’s event will also feature 60+ local teams competing in the Backyard Boogie and the Lamar Outdoor Advertising Chicken Little Contest, making this event the largest BBQ event in the State of Louisiana for the 15th year in a row.
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The event also features local bands from around the region playing music on the Northshore Broadcasting stage both Friday night and Saturday. Come and enjoy world class BBQ and listen to local favorites. The Smokin’ Hammond BBQ Challenge is a FREE event. No tickets required. Make sure to visit the Backyard Boogie Contestant area for some delicious treats – Tip-2-Taste! All donations from Tip-2-Taste benefit local charities, including Special Olympics Louisiana!

The Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge is an event where BBQ lovers and the community can come together as one to have a ton of fun in experiencing great people, great food, and great music. We hope to see you there!

Unified Champion Schools

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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.

Help Us Win $30,000!

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We need your votes to win $30,000! This is a great way to support Special Olympics Louisiana at no cost to you. SOLA is participating in the Gulf Coast Bank Community Rewards Contest that rewards a grand prize of $30,000 to the top non-profit organization voted on by the community. Please help us by voting daily from March 5 – March 29. We will even remind you to vote. You can also help us by forwarding this email to your contacts and by sharing on social media. Vote now by clicking on this link, then select Special Olympics Louisiana, and click Vote. Thank you!

 

Young Athletes

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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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  • Phone: (985) 345-6644
  • Toll Free: (800) 345-6644 (in Louisiana)
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  • Email: laso@laso.org