Happy Monday!

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Tune in tomorrow!

Tune in Tonight

The “Best of 2017 Special Olympics Winter World Games” show will air on ABC tomorrow, July 29th at 2:00 PM Central (check your local listings). The show recaps all the excitement of the World Winter Games in Austria. You don’t want to miss this!

Throwback Thursday: Fall Classic 2007

Check out these pictures for #TBT! These were taken at our 2007 State Fall Classic in Carencro, LA. Comment below with your favorite Special Olympics #TBT pictures!

Current Events

There are always competitions, clinics, and fundraisers happening with Special Olympics Louisiana.  So, we want to keep you updated on all of our current events!  There are a few ways to do so:

  1. Check out our website:  www.laso.org.  Here you can find out anything you want to know about Special Olympics Louisiana!  Keep up with events and learn about the next fundraiser that is taking place.
  2. Social Media:  FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagramLinkedin!  We got ’em!  Stay current with these and be sure to say hello!
  3. Read our blog:  Oh, you are already here!  Our blog is the go to place to see our current events.  We post here just about every day and the majority of posts revolve around our events.  But, we do like to throw the occasional picture and quote for you to enjoy!

No that you know how to keep up, we can’t wait to see you at the next event!

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2017_EKS_Quote_By Your Presence.pngEunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics,
To Be Remembered With A Day of Sports and Inclusion.

Today, 20 July 2017, SOLA will participate in Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, the worldwide celebration in memory of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics movement and a leading international advocate for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
In proclaiming global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics said, “Today, we celebrate the legacy of an extraordinary leader who was a champion for people with intellectual disabilities all over the world. Furious at their exclusion from society nearly 50 years ago, she had a vision that sports could build confidence and skills. And, that sports could demonstrate to the world the abundance of talents of people with intellectual disabilities and connect them into society. She founded Special Olympics as a vehicle to make that happen. Her legacy is the important work Special Olympics does every day – through sports, health services, education and changing policy and attitudes.

Let us appropriately honor her legacy by joining together in sports, in communities across the country, people with and without intellectual disabilities playing on teams together, playing unified!” Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day will be celebrated with a number of activities involving people with and without intellectual disabilities.

For more information, visit www.specialolympics.org/eksday.


On July 20, 2017, the seventh global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day will be celebrated around the world, bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities in various activities to honor the inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Click here for more information.

Coaches Needed!


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.

Thank you, Sponsors!

No costs are imposed on Special Olympics Louisiana athletes or their families. To continue to operate in this manner, Special Olympics Louisiana depends upon the cash and in-kind donations of our many generous sponsors and donors to fund its year-round program, parish, area and statewide. We would like to extend special thanks to our sponsors.

2017 Sponsors


Criag with ESPY.jpgTo honor her work and her creation of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was posthumously honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 25th ESPYS Presented by Capital One on Wednesday, July 12.

As part of the 25th annual ESPYS event, Special Olympics athletes around the United States were honored with local ESPY Awards. These honorees were recognized by the ESPYS organizers and their Programs as “amazing, inspirational athletes.” Each athlete received a letter of commendation, along with an ESPYS statuette.

Special Olympics Louisiana athlete, Craig Blackburn, of Metairie, LA was one of those few honorees. Blackburn is a 38 year old athlete who competes in bowling, bocce, aquatics, and basketball. He has participated in Special Olympics for over twenty years.

Blackburn is also a devoted Winn Dixie Supermarket employee of 18 years, owns his own home, and is married. In addition to competing regularly, Blackburn also serves on Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Council and has served as an international spokesperson and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities.

Learn more about Criag: http://www.specialolympics.org/SimpleStories/SimpleStory.aspx?id=42855

For more information about Eunice Kennedy Shriver: http://www.specialolympics.org/Press/2017/Eunice_Kennedy_Shriver_ESPY_Arthur_Ashe_Courage_Award.aspx

CA Unified Bowling Tournament

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 see your area contacts.


ESPYsTunein_1.jpgPlease TUNE IN TONIGHT- Wednesday, July 12, at 7 p.m. CST on ABC for the 25th annual ESPYS where this year’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be posthumously awarded to Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Chairman Timothy Shriver will accept the award on behalf of the Shriver family and will be joined on stage by eight Special Olympics athletes.

Please invite your friends and family to watch with the attached graphic and social media language below!

If you missed the original award announcement on June 6, you can read more details here.

July Athlete Spotlight: Kiet Ly

Kiet LyNAME: Kiet Ly
HOME TOWN: Marrero, LA
SPORTS: Tennis, Bowling, Golf, and Athletics
AGE: 32

Q: Have you ever attended a USA or World Games?
A:  Yes, I have competed at the 2010 USA Games in Nebraska and the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey.

Q:  What are some fun facts about you?
A:  I love to play on computers, walking, and exercising. I also have 3 brothers.

Q:  What is your key to success?
A:  My key is to train hard.

Q: What is your favorite memory from Special Olympics?
A: My favorite memory is making friends.

How Special Olympics Changed One Athlete’s Life


Timothy Hart with Coach Elaine Ramoz

By: Elaine Ramoz, SOLA Coach

Special Olympics athlete, Timothy Hart, who participates in aquatics, athletics, bowling and power lifting, is a 17 year old with Autism.  He started participating in aquatics for Special Olympics when he was eight years old.  He participated in track and field in elementary school, but after being bullied for being “different” his parents chose to place him in home school with one other special needs student.  Here he spends his time with his best friend, Griffin.

Timothy has shown that he has true potential to be an all around athlete, with the drive and determination of an Olympian, he crushes every goal that he sets.

Competing in Special Olympics Louisiana, Timothy has opened up in so many ways.  As his coach for all of these sports, I have seen him grow as an individual.  His “disability” hasn’t slowed him down at all.  He now starts conversations, calls, texts and face times his teammates and coaches.  He is now making friends with people his own age.  The smile on his face is one that will melt anyone’s heart and seeing him being accepted for who he truly is, is a great sight to see.  At competitions, he sits with other athletes, laughs, makes jokes and always has a smile on his face.  Timothy has never been one to be super social, but because of Special Olympics Louisiana, he has transitioned into a new person.  Someone who wants to talk to others.  Someone who is making friends, sets goals and achieves them.  With the love and support of his family, fan club, coaches and teammates, he cannot fail.

For the second year, he has participated in the Northwest Louisiana Summer Swim League with The Swim School.  Being one of the two swimmers in the entire league with special needs, he continues to keep up with the “big boys.”  He has placed in all five meets this season, an accomplishment no one saw coming.  Not only does he keep up with the competition, he has made new friends and has truly come out of his shell.  He has made lifelong friends through the sport of swimming and has influenced his teammates to become Special Olympics volunteers, coaches and even unified partners.  His best fri

Happy Friday!


“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”
-Vince Lombardi

Kiet Ly


    Have you ever attended a USA or World Games?


    Yes, I have competed at the 2010 USA Games in Nebraska and the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey. 


    What are some fun facts about you?


    I love to play on computers, walking, and exercising. I also have 3 brothers.


    What is your key to success?


    My key is to train hard.



    q What is your favorite memory from Special Olympics?

    My favorite memory is making friends.  


One Woman’s Vision

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, was a pioneer in the worldwide struggle for rights and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities.

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