Are You Ready to Take the Plunge?

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What is it: The Polar Plunge is one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest fundraisers. Individuals and teams plunge into cold waters for Special Olympics athletes. Join us February 17 in Gonzales or February 24 in Shreveport.

Who can plunge: Anyone! Individuals and teams from businesses and organizations, alongside our athletes experience heartwarming and bone chilling extremes as they take the plunge into the icy cold water during the winter for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes!! All you have to do is raise $50!

Don’t have what it takes: Then come watch the fun or you can donate to a plunger!

Sign up to plunge today!

Laissez Les Bon Temps Bowlé!

2018 SOL Bowl FlyerWho: Celebrities + YOU and your CREW!

What: You and your 3 closest buds, co-workers, or family members get the chance to bowl with local celebrities and show them who the true champion really is!

When: June 10, 2018

Where: Colonial Bowling Lanes, 6601 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, LA 70123

Why: To help change the lives of thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Special Olympics Louisiana.

Plus: Raffle and auction items signed by local celebrities! Tons of great prizes provided by local businesses and a day packed with great food, music and company!

Click here to register today!

Monday Is Our Favorite Day!

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You know the drill! It’s Medal Monday and we want to see YOUR Medal pictures. Just post them in the comments below and don’t forget to use #medalmonday!

Bayouland Unified 3v3 Basketball Tournament

This is a 3v3 Unified Basketball tournament hosted for the Bayouland 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.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

sponsorsWith the aid of our amazing 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.

Support Special Olympics Louisiana With Amazon Smile!

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! 🙂

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2018 State Indoor Games

020617_sob_008_800_cgIt’s time to get ready for the State Indoor Games! The games will take place on March 2-3 in Baton Rouge, LA. Athletes from across the state will be able to compete in Basketball, Bowling, and Tennis.

Not an athlete and still want to join us? Sign up to be a volunteer!

Congratulations, Glenn!

We would like to congratulate our wonderful office assistant and former SOLA athlete, Glenn! Last week he was presented with an award from Options for 30 years of employment here at Special Olympics Louisiana. We appreciate beyond words how much you do for us! You’re truly a rockstar. Congratulations on thirty years – here’s to many more!IMG-1655

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!

Bayouland Area Unified Bowling

This is an event for the Bayouland 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.

50 for 50!

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2018 is the year of Special Olympics Louisiana’s 50th anniversary. For 50 years Special Olympics Louisiana has been creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. We are asking for donations of $50 for our 50th. Donors who make a gift in the amount of $50 or larger will become a Champion of Change and will receive a 50th Anniversary Member coin.

You may have been a part of our past and now we are asking you to be a part of our future.

Donate here.

Meet Team Louisiana-2018 USA Games

Team Louisiana

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will take place in Seattle, Washington on July 1-6.

Team Louisiana will be a delegation of 129 ( 70 athletes, 27 unified partners, 32 coaches and official delegates) representing Special Olympics Louisiana. Our delegation will compete in the following sports: Athletics (Track & Field), Aquatics (Swimming),  Bocce,  Bowling,  Golf, Powerlifting, Tennis, Unified Basketball, Unified Softball, and Unified Flag Football.

Learn more about Team Louisiana here.

We Need You!

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Our State Indoor Games are March 2-3, 2018 and we need you to help out! Give back to your community and participate in a life changing experience. Events will be held through out Baton Rouge.

Can you lend a helping hand? Sign up to volunteer here!

Running for a Cause

Do you love to run? Or do you walk all day for work or school? Do you love helping to support Special Olympics in a fun way? If you said yes, then Charity Miles is the perfect app for you!

Check out the website here and download the app. It’s available in the app store and on the android market! Make sure you pick Special Olympics as the charity of choice and start running for a cause today!

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It’s Time for Polar Plunge 2018!

Officers Take the Plunge

This year, our Polar Plunge will be held on February 17, 2018 (Gonzales) and February 24, 2018 (Shreveport).

Anyone can plunge and the minimum amount to raise is $50. Crowd favorites at this event include a costume contest, musical entertainment, as well as vendor displays and giveaways.

Don’t know if you have what it takes? That’s okay, you can still come and watch the fun or donate to a plunger!

Are you ready? REGISTER HERE

State Indoor Games 2018

This year our State Indoor Games will take place on March 2-3, 2018. This will be an event for all areas. Athletes from across the state will compete in Basketball, Bowling and Tennis. You can sign up today to be a volunteer!

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Celebrating 50 Years!

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Special Olympics Louisiana has been helping athletes with intellectual disabilities showcase their talents since 1968. 2018 marks our 50th anniversary of helping to create a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us in helping change the game!

Special Olympics Louisiana is asking for supporters to donate $50 for our 50th. 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.

DONATE NOW


Medal Monday

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It’s our first Medal Monday of 2018! You know what to do…share with us your Medal Monday pictures in the comments! Make sure you use #medalmonday!


Happy Friday!

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’.”  – Audrey Hepburn

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January Athlete Spotlight

Chris ThibodeauxNAME: Chris Thibodeaux
HOME TOWN: Lafayette, LA
SPORTS: Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, and Golf
AGE: 23
YEARS INVOLVED: 5

  • Q:  Have you ever attended a World or National Games?
    A: No, but I am attending the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle for the first time next year. I can’t wait!
    Q: What are some interesting things about you?
    A:  I’m a college student, I love to make people laugh, I am very friendly, and I have Autism.
    Q: What is your favorite memory that has happened while you have been with Special Olympics?
    A:  My favorite memory is when I hit the winning home run during the state championship softball game.
    Q: How has Special Olympics Changed your life?
    A: I am more active and confident. I have met a bunch of new people and I even travel more.

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  • q  Have you ever attended a World or National Games?
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    No, but I am attending the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle for the first time next year. 

         
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    What are some interesting things about you?

      
    a I'm a college student, I love to make people laugh, I am very friendly, and I have Autism. 
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    What is your favorite memory that has happened while you have been with Special Olympics?

    a  My favorite memory is when I hit the winning home run during the state championship softball game.  
  • q How has Special Olympics Changed your life?
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    I am more active and confident. I have met a bunch of new people and I even travel more. 

Coaches Needed!

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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.


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