Camp Shriver Northwest

Camp Shriver Shreveport will take place Tuesday June 12th through Thursday June 14th from 9am-3pm. This camp will feature athletes and partners from the Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Cenla, and Red River Areas. To learn more about Camp Shriver and to register, please speak with your area coordinator.

Camp Shriver Jefferson

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Ree Alario Center

6600 Saints Dr

Metairie, LA 70003

This camp will feature athletes from the Bayouland area. Learn more about Camp Shriver. Please contact your area management team to register.

Iris Woods

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  • q  Have you ever competed in USA Games?

    a No. This will be my first USA Games and I'm so excited to be traveling with my coach and friends!

  • q  What are your favorite hobbies?
    a  My favorite hobbies are listening to music and playing sports. 
  • q What is your favorite thing about Special Olympics?
    a  The highlights of my experiences with Special Olympics include winning races, meeting new people, and traveling.

Camp Shriver Baton Rouge

Camp Shriver Baton Rouge
June 4-8, 2018
First Church of the Nazarene 
9955 Old Hammond Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70816 

Cops on Donut Shops

Join us on June 1, 2018 which is National Donut Day at your local Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant for Cops on Donut Shops. Our Law Enforcement Torch Run partners will be out at Dunkin’ Donuts locations across Louisiana from 5:00 am – 11:00 am collecting donations to benefit Special Olympics Louisiana. Celebrate National Donut Day while giving back to SOLA!

Tour Laffite

This is a fundraiser for the Southwest Area. Starting at the Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheatre riders will have a choice of 5 routes (62.5 mi, 50 mi, 40mi, 27 mi and 10 mi.) with fully stocked breakpoints along the way. Hundreds of volunteers will make sure your day is safe and enjoyable. Upon returning, enjoy lots of food, music, coca-cola and fellowship. It will be a great time for the entire family. And as always, Tour LaFitte will feature the BIG PRIZE Give-a Way, including road bikes from Specialized and Trek! For more information, click here.

Date: Saturday 5th May 2018
Event Type: Family Fun Ride
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Venue: Lake Charles Civic Center, Bor Du Lac Drive
Registration Opens: 6:00am
Start Time: 7.30am
Entry on Day: Yes, if the event is not sold out.
After Ride Party: 10:00am
Benefits: All proceeds from the ride will we presented to Special Olympics Louisiana- Southwest Area 
Event Rules: By law and for your safety and protection, you must abide by all traffic laws throughout the ride. For your safety, a helmet is required. Please plan accordingly.

 

Alexis Hernandez

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  • q  Have you ever competed in USA Games?

    a Yes, this will be my second time competing and I can have a second chance to compete and win a gold medal. 

  • q  Will anyone be traveling to Seattle to cheer you on?
    a Yes, my parents, three sisters, brother, and grandmother will be attending USA Games to root for me!
  • q  What is something you have worked hard to overcome? ​
    a  “My mom pushed me to run a 10k this past spring with my running club and my brother and sister. I was scared I wasn't going to be able to finish, but I did. I come from a family where all my siblings are athletes. My brother is also in Special Olympics. My parents don't treat us any different. They cheer us each on and they support us in any way they can. They push us to be the best person we can be. They push us to be the best athlete we can be.”
  • q What is your favorite thing about Special Olympics?
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    Winning gold medals is my favorite. 

Bayouland Area Athletics Meet

This is an event for the Bayouland Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

CA Area Trivia Night

This is a fundraiser for the Capitol Area and will be held at Ashley Manor Reception Hall in Baton Rouge, LA.   

Please contact Charles Guillory for more information.

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 Capitol Area.   

 

 

Champion Together Breakfast

Benedict's Plantation 
1144 N Causeway Blvd
Mandeville, LA 70471

Date: April 19, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

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NW Area Athletics Meet

This is an event for the Northwest Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your areacontacts.

Jefferson Area Independents Bocce

This is an event for the independent athletes of the Jefferson Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

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.

Scott Smith

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  • 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

Martin Maher/Freelance

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

Bayouland Easter Egg Hunt

This is an event for the Bayouland Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To participate or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

Capital Area Unified Bocce

This is an event for the Capital Area. Male and female athletes and unified partners from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event please contact CASOLouisiana@gmail.com. .

Hammond Blues & BBQ

This event is a competition where more than 50 KCBS (Pros) and local teams compete for the title of "Best BBQ in the South!" 

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!

 

A Big Thanks To Our Partners!

How to Become a Partner
  • 1000 East Morris Avenue
  • Hammond, LA 70403
  • Phone: (985) 345-6644
  • Toll Free: (800) 345-6644 (in Louisiana)
  • Fax: (985) 345-6649
  • Email: laso@laso.org