Family members of Special Olympics athletes have an important role to play in Special Olympics outreach. Today, thousands of family members of Special Olympics athletes serve as key leaders and sources of support for one another as they attend training, competitions, meetings and other activities together.
The Family Support Network is an organized project whereby Special Olympics Louisiana conducts outreach to families unfamiliar with Special Olympics by developing partnerships with existing community organizations and by training Family Messengers to become leaders and spokespeople for the Special Olympics Louisiana. Family members (Family Messengers) are systematically matched with parents new to Special Olympics who are seeking information and support from a peer.
Family Support Network helps families help each other. With the assistance of similar agencies families have a support system within Special Olympics. Families have the opportunity to mentor, learn and provide resources and emotional support to one another.
The Family Support Network connects Special Olympics families with new families and provides support and information in a critical time of need in the following ways:
- Provides educational, sports and training workshops
- Creates opportunities for family members to become advocates for the Special Olympics movement
- Brings families together to share ideas, issues, and common interests
- Encourages new families to join Special Olympics
- Builds strong communities
If you would like to become part of our family network contact us.