April 13, 2023
Good Afternoon Everyone-
Hope your Easter was amazing and relaxing. Please see a few important updates.
LTP Schedule(s)- EVERY LTP, please complete the following form below so that we can capture your event/practice dates. Please complete a different form for each of your upcoming events and practices for each sport. Our goal is to have our website calendar populated with your event and practice info so families and athletes on our website can see the activity and connect with you guys as new athletes/volunteers.
Link to complete form: https://forms.monday.com/forms/0685918eb58ee9a1e4923eaaf460bdfe?r=use1
Summer Games Shirts- The SOLA office is selling special Summer Games shirts for this year. Please see the attached graphic. If you’d like to order please utilize the below link. All shirts will need to be pre-ordered. Feel free to share and publicize this. Additional pickup info will be announced soon.
Link to pre-order shirts: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTgwNzY4
Summer Games Entries- Just as a reminder, Summer Games entries are due to Max Fernandez no later than tomorrow, April 14th. Please reach out to Max if you have any questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tennis Invitational Postponed- The tennis invitational scheduled for 4/22 in Lafayette will be postponed until the fall due to low registrations. If you are a program that has tennis, please be on the lookout for the new date.
March 22, 2023
Hello Everyone, hope your spring is coming right along. Below are some important updates. Thanks!
Summer Games Quota- The State Summer Games Quota process is now open. Please complete the form below to make your requests on how many athletes/unified partners/coaches you want to bring to the games. We just need numbers in this quota request. This will remain open until Wednesday, April 5th. If you have any questions, please reach out to Brock Banos or Max Fernandez.
Summer Games Reminders- Just as a reminder, entries will be due to Max Fernandez no later than April 14th. Please read through the packet below to ensure you have all the information you need.
Tennis Clinic and Invitational- Special Olympics Louisiana has teamed up with Acadiana Serves and will be hosting a tennis clinic for new athletes and an invitational tournament for experienced athletes. The event will be held on April 22nd in Lafayette, LA. Please see the below link to access the flyer which has the registration link on it. For any questions regarding this, please email Brock Banos.
February 24, 2023
Good Afternoon Program Leaders, please see the below important updates. Thanks!
February 10, 2023
A few quick updates regarding Summer Games. Please read if you plan on attending.
February 6, 2023
First, I’d like to say thanks to all who came to our leadership conference, it was a great motivator and everyone seemed to have a good time. The athletes did a great job leading all throughout the Saturday sessions. Please see the below local training program update.
January 3, 2023
Hope you all had a great Holiday season. I’m feeling energized and so ready to make 2023 a great year! Please see the below important updates.
December 1, 2022
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break. Please see the below important updates. Thank you to everyone who has sent me their accreditation forms and budget. If you haven’t sent me one or either of those, please send to me ASAP.
I think that is it for now. Thank you all, I truly appreciate working with y’all!
October 21, 2022
Hope you have had a great fall so far. Wanted to follow up from my last update with information regarding the LTP Meeting on November 12th in Baton Rouge. Please read the details as I will be attaching important documents with this as well that need to be updated for all Local Programs.
Thanks everyone, because of you, the program is growing back to pre-pandemic status. We can’t wait to see what’s in store next year! Let me know if you have any questions.
September 20, 2022
LTP Meeting- We are looking to host a Local Training Program Meeting on November 12th in Baton Rouge, LA. We are looking at an 11am-4pm timeframe. I’m still working on a location so once that is set I’ll let you know but please block this day/time off on your schedule. If this is a scheduling conflict, please send another leader from your program. We really want to have as many program leaders there as possible. We will have a full agenda so we can all be on the same page heading into 2023. More details to come but please block this off on your calendar.
State Events- Please note remaining state events in 2022 are State Swimming- 9/24, State Softball and Horseshoes- 10/15, and State Flag Football- 12/10. Some key early State Games dates in 2023 are: State Bowling- 3/4/23, State Basketball- 3/25/23, and State Summer Games- 5/19-5/21. More info to come soon on the 2023 dates but you can use them to plan your spring activities.
Calendar- We are looking to build our website calendar to be as full as possible. With this, we want to ensure you have sent in all of your local competition dates. We also want you to send us your practice dates and locations with a contact(coach or leader) so if anyone is interested in joining, they know who to contact. I will be building a form that y’all can submit this info to. Please begin gathering this info and I will send another update soon with the link to submit.
That’s it for now. More info along with updated certification reports(athletes and coaches) will come next week. Thanks.
August 18, 2022
A few quick updates-
Important - We have been consulting on our athlete registration process and please be advised that moving forward only online athlete registration will be accepted. With the online process, the athlete/family will complete the athlete registration pages and the health history pages online. They will then print the physical exam page, get it completed by the doctor, then that physical exam needs to be turned in to us at email@example.com. A few key notes below:
Just a reminder that State Swimming Entries are due August 26th. Please contact Max Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
State Flag Football has a date and location! Our State Flag Football tournament will be held December 10, 2022 at Pelican Park in Mandeville, LA. Please contact Max Fernandez if you have any questions about bringing teams.
July 28, 2022
July 12, 2022
Hope everyone had a relaxing July 4th. We are officially in the 2nd half of the year. Below are a few key updates:
State Swimming Info: Please see the links for the State Swimming Packet as well as entry form. Please be sure to check these out. If you have any questions, please contact Max Fernandez at email@example.com.
Upcoming Local Program Zoom Call: Reminder that we will have a Local Training Program Zoom call on Wednesday, July 20th at 5:30pm. Please register at the below link:
Upcoming Events- Please send me your upcoming local event dates so that we can put them on our calendar and record for census purposes.
June 22, 2022
Good Afternoon Everyone,
It’s been a long few months and I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. First thank you to everyone who has been active and participating over the past few months. There have been many school, local based competitions, and camps happening and we are so excited to see that. In addition, we want to thank everyone who attended our summer games. I know we had some challenges with weather but that is something out of our control. Next year, for Summer Games, we plan to return to a 3-day event like in the past so hopefully any weather we get moving forward can be dealt with in a better way since we will have more time. We also had USA Games, which for many that went, was an experience of a lifetime. Now that we are past this, I wanted to send you all some information that will be helpful for the upcoming months. They are below:
State Volleyball- Max sent everyone the packet back in April however, I’ve linked another copy of the volleyball packet below. The State Volleyball tournament will be held at Team Automotive Sportsplex in Baton Rouge on July 16th, 2022. Entries are due this Friday, June 24th. I’m also relinking the entry form as well. For any questions/concerns regarding State Volleyball, please contact Max Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Swimming- Max will be sending out the packet for State Swimming in the next week so please be on the lookout. I will also send out another LTP update once this packet is sent out.
Local Program Zoom Calls- We will plan on hosting a local program zoom call every other month starting in July. This can serve as a good opportunity for updates, continued development of programs, as well as answering questions of things that come up over time. Over first zoom call will be Wednesday, July 20th at 5:30pm. Link for the zoom call is below. You must register to attend:
Local Program Meetings- I would also love to use this time to meet with our programs in person. If anyone would like to request an in-person meeting, please let me know so we can put something on our calendar.
MARCH 29, 2022
Hope everyone is off to a good spring. We are so excited to see all the amazing things happening around the state. Please see below for some important updates. These will also be added to our LTP Communication site soon.
Summer Games Quota: We are roughly 8 weeks out from State Summer Games so that means that the quota process is open. Please email Brock Banos (email@example.com) and Max Fernandez (firstname.lastname@example.org) your training roster of athletes, partners, and coaches as well as how many athletes/partners you want to bring to State Summer Games. Please break it down by sport (athletics, bocce, tennis) The quota process will close on Friday, April 8th. After this point, we will approve/make adjustments to quota and you can begin planning the registration process to register your athletes/partners/teams for the event. Just as a reminder, the entry deadline for State Summer Games is April 22nd.
State Swimming Date: We have officially booked a date for our State Swimming Meet. The meet will be held Saturday, September 24th at UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. More detailed information and the packet will be sent out in May.
***Updated Athlete Certification Report and Class-A Volunteer Certification Reports will go out in a separate email tomorrow. Please be on the lookout for these. ***
FEBRUARY 23, 2022
It’s crazy we are almost in March already as Mardi Gras is next week. Here are a few updates that are super important for this spring. I will be sending out an update next week with updated medicals and Class-A certifications as well along with the opening of the quota request process for State Powerlifting.
JANUARY 18, 2022
State Basketball Quota Opens: As mentioned in a few updates before Christmas, we are working on a few things differently than in the past. We are 8 weeks out from our State Basketball tournament so that means that the quota process is open. Please email Brock Banos (email@example.com) and Max Fernandez (firstname.lastname@example.org) your training roster of athletes, partners, and coaches as well as how many athletes/partners you want to bring to state basketball. We also will need to know how many teams you plan to have. The quota process will close on Friday, February 4th. After this point, we will approve/make adjustments to quota and you can begin planning the registration process to register your athletes/partners/teams for the event.
LTP Uniforms: The local training program uniform site is now available. Please use this site to order uniforms in the future for your different sports. The attached sheet has the site as well as the instructions on ordering.
2022 Local Event Calendar: Just a reminder, if you have events scheduled for 2022 for your local programs/areas, please email them to Brock Banos (email@example.com) so we can add them to our calendar. As we are requiring advancement to state events, please remember that you must attend a local program to qualify to advance.
DECEMBER 21, 2021
Thank you all for a wonderful 2021! We made huge strides getting back to the program you all know this past year. We still have a lot of work to do and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2022! We hope you have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year’s! Below are some updates discussed in the previous update.
State Basketball Packet: Please see the link below for the state basketball packet, entry form, rating forms, and rules. Please contact Max Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding the state basketball tournament.
State Powerlifting Packet: Please see the link below for the state powerlifting packet and entry form. Please contact Max Fernandez at email@example.com for any questions regarding the state powerlifting competition.
Athlete and Class-A Certifications: I’ve emailed everyone the most updated athlete and Class-A certification reports today. We are working to get these posted to our site securely. In the meantime, you will continue receiving these via email. For the athlete certifications, I only included the athlete on there if they had a valid medical. Some had turned in consents, but we didn’t have medicals, so we didn’t include them on this list. And for class-a volunteers (coaches and unified partners), these are the individuals who have fully completed the basic requirements on our VMS platform on our website which is where you would go to get certified as a coach/unified partner. I also want to note, we haven’t input all of our USA Games medicals into our GMS system yet so those are still a work in progress. You should see those put in GMS in the month of January. Beginning next month, we will start pulling these reports twice a month to keep you as updated as possible. Also, if you are turning in medicals in the future, please email them to our athlete medical email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DECEMBER 8, 2021
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Please see the below update that will contain a lot of important information so please read through all of it.
2022 State Competition Schedule- Please see the dates of our 2022 State Games with locations. We don’t plan to change anything however there could be minimal changes throughout the way. Please begin to plan your local events around these dates. Also, please note bowling isn’t included in these dates however the plan is to begin hosting state bowling again in January 2023.
Assessment Fees: As mentioned in our previous updates, assessment fees will be charged to programs coming to state events in 2022. Please see the below assessment costs per delegate for each event. Please plan your budget accordingly:
Program Timelines: Please see the timelines for what we are looking to do in 2022 in regards to quota requests for state games, etc. This goes hand in hand since we are looking to reinstate the advancement process to state games. Please do your best to accommodate this process. We realize this will be a new process so we will work with everyone as much and as best as possible. With State Basketball roughly 3 months away, this should leave enough time to get started on this. In addition, we will be sending out the state basketball packet next week (3 months before event) and moving forward, each state event packet will be released 4 months in advance of the state event. So the powerlifting packet will be release before Christmas. This should allow all programs to meet these timelines.
Updated Certification Information: Before Christmas, we will be sending you all, the most up to date athlete certification expiration dates (medical and consent) along with updated Class-A certification dates (coaches and unified partners). Similar to our plan prior to COVID, we will send updates of these certifications every two weeks beginning in mid-January. This will allow programs to track these certifications along with what certifications we have at the state office.
Meeting Deadlines: Please be aware moving into 2022, we will be enforcing deadlines in regards to state competitions. During 2021, we have been extremely loose with them to accommodate everyone as much as possible. While we will still accommodate to the best of our abilities, meeting registration deadlines, etc will have to be enforced. We plan to have a very busy year in 2022 between events and hopefully growing again similar to pre-covid. Along with that, we have several new staff members and volunteers in place so being on time will be necessary for a successful year.
Local Training Program Zoom Call: We will be hosting a zoom call for our local training programs on Wednesday, January 19th at 6:00pm. We will take a deep dive into the upcoming year as well as answer any questions you may have. Please see the registration zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApc-6qrzwpE9M_uroMXZVUncuX79vQtaAn
Thank you all for a wonderful year. Stay tuned for one more update before Christmas. Will be in touch!
NOVEMBER 9, 2021
Please see below for several important updates as we near the end of 2021:
State Flag Football: Reminder that entries are due November 19th. Please contact Max Fernandez (email@example.com or call at 985-345-6644) for any questions. Also, if you already haven’t and plan to come, please let Max know how many teams your group plans to have. Please see the packets, assessment form, and entry form below.
2022 Schedule: We are finalizing our State Competition Schedule for 2022. The setup in terms of timing and one day events will be similar to 2021. We are awaiting two dates and will have the complete schedule out to everyone by the end of this month. Please let me know if you have scheduled local/area events for 2022 so we can begin compiling all events on our calendar.
Assessment Fees: Beginning at State Basketball in 2022, we will be reinstating assessment fees to local training programs attending state level events. I will be emailing everyone at the same time the 2022 schedule goes out with exact assessment fees cost per state event so you can budget accordingly. Although the cost may vary from before, the process will be similar to how we used to assess areas attending state games in the past.
Qualification Process State Games 2022: Beginning at State Basketball in 2022, we will be reinstating our qualification process to qualify for state games. The last time we had this in place was March 2020 before COVID. Similar to the assessment fees, I will be sending out a copy of the qualification process when the 2022 schedule goes out. I just wanted to include this as it’s important to note so that LTP’s can begin making plans to host/attend local events in the respective sports leading up to the state events so that the athletes/partners/teams can qualify for those events. We realize that 2020 and 2021 have been very challenging for all of our programs but we can begin to get back on track in 2022 similar to pre-covid times to the best of our ability.
Sports, Training, and Competition Manager: As mentioned in the prior update, Max Fernandez has taken over as our Sports, Training, and Competition Manager. Please contact Max if you have any questions regarding state level events, coaches training, or general sports related questions. You can always email me as well as I will still be the local training programs liaison to our central office.
OCTOBER 26, 2021
Below is everything you will need to get your teams ready for our flag football tournament on December 11th in Alexandria. You will see the entry form, flag football packet, the updated flag football rules, and the flag football rating forms. Please note that we will need all entries by 11/19/21 at 4pm. Athlete packets, all coach and unified partner certification requirements, participant and coaches Covid waivers, and flag football team rating forms are due on 11/29/21 at 4pm.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021
Thank you all for a wonderful weekend filled with tons of memories! Please see the below information for upcoming events/opportunities reminders.
Unified Sports Experience- Southwest- We will be hosting a unified sports experience at Sulphur High School on Saturday, November 13th from 2pm-4pm. This will be a fun event where we will go through clinic style stations and have some unified fun together. Please register at the following: Fill out form
eSports Tournament- Please see the below flyer for the eSports Tournament that will begin on November 1st. Please use the following link to register: Fill out form
Unified Fitness Club- New Orleans: New Orleans Recreation Development Commission is offering Fitness Programming at their facility for SOLA athletes. The Fitness Programming is once a week and will take place from the month of October to the end of December. If you have any questions, please contact Carson Phills at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register by clicking here.
State Flag Football Tournament: Just as a reminder that our State Flag Football Tournament will be held Saturday, December 11th in Alexandria, LA at Hunter Park. A packet will be coming this week. In the meantime, please email Max Fernandez at email@example.com letting him know if you plan on bringing any teams and if so, how many.
Staffing Update: A few updates on staffing here at SOLA. Max Fernandez will now manage all State-level competition, coaches trainings, state event volunteers, and other aspects of the sports program. Brock Banos will still be the primary contact for all Local Training Program matters along with assisting Max and other staff on various program related items. Finally, we have hired a Law Enforcement Torch Run Manager, Emily Brock. She comes from a Law Enforcement background and will be working hard re-ignite the LETR programs around the state.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2021
Upcoming State Events- As you all know, we have two state events upcoming in less than two weeks. We have State Softball and Horseshoes (October 16th @ Pelican Park in Carencro, LA) and State Swimming (October 17th @ Crawfish Aquatics in Baton Rouge, LA). I’ve emailed each program leader in regards to missing athlete packets. I need those packets by this Wednesday, October 6th at 5:00pm or I will have to scratch the athlete from the event(s). Also, although it’s a very short list, I will be reaching out to local programs today to have their coaches missing certifications complete theirs as well. I do want to mention and reiterate that all COVID paperwork is due before the event as well (This applies to all athletes, coaches, and unified partners). I’ve attached a copy below for you all. The COVID paperwork includes both the COVID-19 Code of Conduct and the Communicable Disease Waiver. These must be signed in order to participate. If you have signed it previously, there is no need to re-sign. I’ve received a lot of partial things such as COVID Code of Conduct but not the communicable disease waiver. Please send these to me ASAP if you already haven’t.
Unified Fitness Club- New Orleans: New Orleans Recreation Development Commission is offering Fitness Programming at their facility for SOLA athletes. The Fitness Programming is once a week and will take place from the month of October to the end of December. If you have any questions, please contact Carson Phills at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register by clicking here.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2021
State Swimming Update (PLEASE READ): We are right at 4 weeks away from the swim meet. I will begin going through registrations this week and emailing you regarding updated medicals/releases along with the missing COVID waivers. Also, I left registrations as is, meaning I haven’t removed anyone due to the storm. If your delegation can’t make the event due to the storm even after the event date change, please let me know so I can officially update the registrations and begin preliminary divisioning. I need to know this information ASAP.
State Softball and Horseshoes: Just a reminder that entries are due today, September 20th. I have spoken with several of you regarding having a few extra days to turn them in. Just let me know if that is the case for some of you that I haven’t spoken with. Also, I’m extending the athlete medical/release and coach/partner paperwork extension to October 4th which give everyone two extra weeks to get them in.
Thank you all!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
State Swimming: Due to the effects from Hurricane Ida on several of our programs and the effects it has brought to everyone in SE Louisiana, we will be postponing the state swim meet. The new date is Sunday, October 17th. Same time and location as before. We did not want to cancel so we felt this was our best route to move forward. If this effects any of your entries, please let me know. I realize this is the same weekend as state softball and horseshoes but it is the day after and I don’t think there will be many athletes that sign up for both. We felt this was our best date and we hope that everyone can still make it.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
State Softball and Horseshoes- Reminder from a previous email that entries for state softball and horseshoes are due September 20th. Please see the attached packet. This include all information you need including address, softball assessment forms, horseshoes updated rules, and covid waivers. Please also see the link below for the excel spreadsheet that serves as the entry form. We will know exact times for everything once we get an idea of how many teams and athletes competing in horseshoes.
State Softball & Horseshoes Packet
State Softball & Horseshoes Entry Form
State Swimming- We will have an update regarding the status of the state swim meet ASAP. Please know that we plan to host the meet even if postponed a few weeks. An announcement will be coming. Please stay tuned.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2021
Please see the below updates:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2021
Quick update- We will be hosting a swimming coaches training on Sunday, August 22nd from 12noon-3pm at Crawfish Aquatics, 7150 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810. The training will be led by Meagan Danos. If you have any coaches needing certification or re-certification, this will be a great opportunity to get that done. Please send me names of who you will be sending so that Meagan will know how many coaches to expect. Thank you!
THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2021
Just getting back from vacation and wanted to forward along a few updates:
State Swimming: Attached is the packet and entry form. Please remember the event is Sunday, September 26th. Entries are due on August 15th which was given notice in the prior email. Athletes will be able to enter up to 3 individual events and 1 relay.
COVID Paperwork: I’ve also attached in this email the COVID code of conducts and communicable disease waivers. These need to be completed before any programming takes place locally just like a medical would need to be completed. These will be due with the entries on August 15th. If you have already filled these out, they do not need to be done again. Any athlete/unified partner/coach will need to complete these.
COVID Updates: Please visit the below link on our site for our updated covid policy. You’ll notice that in some ways, these protocols are pretty strict. Your local training/small events shouldn’t be affected much. As of now, our state events aren’t affected but we will keep an eye on things as we move forward. I’ll explain more on the LTP/Area call tomorrow evening.
Schedules: If you haven’t already done so, please send me dates of your local/area programming events scheduled for the rest of this year. Thank you to everyone who has shared dates with me.
LTP/Area Call: As mentioned in the email from June 24th, we will be hosting a zoom call tomorrow evening at 5:30pm for our local program leaders as well as area leaders. Please expect this call to be from anywhere between 30mins to 1 hour and 30 mins. We will cover updates and answer questions you may have. Here is the registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcuurqT8pEtdK8stER9Qu4uurVQ2T1jR2
Moving Forward: Moving forward, we will be posting these updates on our website rather than this gigantic email thread. I will still email everyone when we make the new post, the contents will be on our website rather than in the email. It will make it easier for access and also you will be able to see any previous information as well.
Thank you all, I hope everyone is staying positive and looking forward to what we can accomplish in these crazy times.
TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2021
Just wanted to share a few updates with everyone this morning.
State Swimming: State Swimming will take place on Sunday, September 26th at UNO Lakefront Arena. Entries will be due on August 15th. A packet will be finalized this week as I’m waiting on finalizing the new COVID protocol guidance we received.
Updated COVID Protocol: As mentioned, we received brand new covid guidance from SOI. We are processing the information so we can get it released to you all. We anticipate this going into effect after State Volleyball. I will send this along with the state swimming packet in a separate email.
UNO Basketball Clinic: The University of New Orleans Men's Basketball team is hosting a Basketball Clinic for Special Olympics Louisiana Athletes. The Basketball Clinic will be held on July 24th from 11am to 2 pm at the Lakefront Arena. We are limiting the event to 50 athletes total, so first come, first served. Please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnbIQ4FfhS9SfA-jhUmCOhuM3aQUG7ZnC4V6IVttl3B4CcXw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0 . If you have any questions, please contact Carson Phills at email@example.com.
GNO Softball Tournament: The Greater New Orleans Area will be hosting an invitational unified softball tournament on September 11th starting at 9am at Lasalle Park in Metairie, LA. They are trying to get an idea of how many teams would want to attend. If you are interested in bringing a team or multiple teams, please reach out to Ann Hulse at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know.
Thank you all, will be in touch with the swimming packet and updated Covid guidance ASAP
THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2021
Below are a few important notes to pass along, please read through them.
I do want you to know that we appreciate everything you all do and I hope that you all know how important you are to our movement. Without you, the athletes don’t have the programs or events. I personally, look forward to working with each and every one of you in the coming months and look forward to getting back to full speed. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Have a great day. Thanks.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2021
Thank you to everyone who came to State Games this past weekend. I hope you all had a great time. It was certainly nice to see everyone who came!
Now, we will look towards State Volleyball. I had sent out some updates on May 27th regarding the entry deadline and location change. Please see the attached packet that contains some more information in it. Please note, we need you all to complete the entry form as well as the rating form.
The rating form will be needed for each athlete and then the entire team goes on the team tab.
Please let me know ASAP if you plan on bringing teams/athletes for skills. Estimates are fine. I need to get a good sense on how many groups we will have coming so we can better plan the day.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thank you all!
TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021
Just a reminder State Games (athletics, bocce, tennis) entries are due on Friday, May 14th. Attached is the packet and entry form. I wanted to mention in the packet it says that athletes can participate in 2 track events and 1 field event in athletics. If there is a concern and you may want your athlete to participate in 1 track event and 2 field events instead, please let me know. We can be flexible on that, with the main thing being that 3 events are the maximum.
TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021
Hope you all had a great Easter. Wanted to send a few things out along with some reminders.
New LTPs- I wanted to introduce a few new Local Training Programs that have just become involved in Special Olympics and will offer different types of training/competition to the local areas they serve. First, I’d like to introduce Calvin and Martina from Acadiana Serves. They offer tennis to the Lafayette area. Second- I’d like to introduce Jacob Raymond from NOLA community sailing and they will offer Unified Sailing to the greater New Orleans Community. We are very excited to work with both groups! Please take a second to welcome them into our Special Olympics community!
Staff Update- I don’t think we have done this in a while but I wanted to send over a quick note about our staff at the central office and who is responsible for what so we can serve you more efficiently. Below is the list:
State Powerlifting- As a reminder, state powerlifting is coming up on Saturday, May 8th. Entries are due on April 23rd. Please refer to the previous email for the packet and entry form.
State Games (Athletics, Bocce, Tennis)- Please see the attached packet and entry form for State Games being held on June 5th. The entries are due on May 14th. Please read the packet over carefully. We will be following some new check in procedures and will be splitting up the day into a morning shift (for close delegations) and an afternoon shift (for far delegations). We will also consider special circumstances as well when determining what shift you’re delegation will compete in. We will work on those on a case by case basis. This of course, is due to our limited numbers with COVID. Please note the new COVID waiver and COVID code of conduct that will be due with entries on May 14th. Also, please note that only athletics athletes can participate in more than 1 event (up to 3 total)(2 track and 1 field event), bocce must select either singles or unified doubles, and tennis must select singles or unified doubles. And finally, please make if you plan to attend and need expenses for this event, to complete the LTP budget template I sent out a week or two ago to make sure the expenses are approved prior to the event.
Virtual Healthy Athletes Programming- We are hosting some virtual healthy athletes during the month of April. Please see the below information and please spread to your athletes. Make sure if it’s a zoom call, they register with their first name, last name, and proper email address. We will only accept people who register before the zoom call. Anyone who signs up during the call will not be allowed into the zoom meetings.
Will be in touch. Thanks!