Invest in Something Special

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Share your aspirations beyond sports with @VoyaFinancial & the #InvestInSomethingSpecial campaign! Every submission will help raise funds for our Program. Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Think about what your goals are outside of sports
    2. Comment on this post or post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram using #InvestInSomethingSpecial or @Voya or submit your stories via Voya’s online portal: http://bit.ly/2zspxZw

Happy Friday!

DSC_5753.jpg“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller


New Iberia Track Meet

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

Your Photo Can Make a Difference

Special Olympics partnered with Johnson & Johnson for a two-month long campaign called Donate a Photo. For every photo donated, Johnson & Johnson will give $1 to Special Olympics. Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the free Donate a Photo App on your phone.
  2. Select Special Olympics as your cause.
  3. Pick a photo to donate and press share.

The campaign ends November 18, so hurry and share your pics!

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State Fall Classic Recap

IMG_0845.jpgThe below paragraph is a guest post from SOLA Athlete, Channing Ewing, from our Northwest Area about the 2017 State Fall Classic in Lafayette, LA.

I really enjoyed my time in Lafayette!! The food at Pelican Park was amazing!! I really liked being interviewed by KATC and getting to be on the local news. It would have been nice if I could have gotten to go to Olympic Town but with all of the weather issues that we had I’m not complaining at all.  Kudos to all of the staff for all the hard work they did this past weekend!!!

Channing


Local Officer Inducted into the LETR Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Lt. Col. Ward Webb from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office!

Lt. Col. Webb was recently inducted into the Richard LaMunyon Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Hall of Fame at the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

This award is the most prestigious award given in the Torch Run community and is given to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the Torch Run movement and Special Olympics at the local, national and international levels.

SOLA is proud to have the dedicated Lt. Col. Webb as a Louisiana LETR member! Thank you for your commitment to our movement!


Meet Logan- Athlete Guest Post

Logan Boynton

My name is Logan Boynton. I am 15 years old and am a Freshman at East St. John High School. I’ve been in Special Olympics since I was 8. I love Special Olympics because I love sports. One day I want to be a football player and play for the Saints or be a Major League baseball player. Special Olympics means a lot to me because I have a lot of friends and am really good at sports now. My brother Jude is my biggest fan. He likes football now because of me. I play 2nd base for t-ball, I run, throw the javelin, and I play basketball. I even got to play football once. I like all sports. I have lots of medals and ribbons. Special Olympics makes me really happy.

 


Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

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Stop in your local Jambalaya Shoppe for lunch or dinner and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores through out the state are raising funds for our athletes.

Fundraisers like these help Special Olympics Louisiana provide year round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Thank you, Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!

 


Guest Post: Meet Tony

Tony Piontek-1 copy.jpgI am Tony Piontek and I ‘m 43 years old and I have lived in New Iberia, Louisiana for about twenty one years.

I’ve made a wonderful path of hope, courage, growth and faith. I know that Special Olympics is a perfect place for any child, teenager, or adult to BE THEMSELVES. I’ve been on the Special Olympics Louisiana Athlete Leadership Council as an Ambassador since 1998. I started Special Olympics Louisiana’s program in 1982. I have been competing for 35 years and i have been competing in the sport of Aquatics for 30 years. I am a multi Gold and Silver Medal Swimmer in State, National, and World Games. In 1995,  I was an Athlete Official as a Timer Judge for the Special Olympics World Summer Games held in New Heaven, CT.

I’ve traveled to many Special Olympics Louisiana speaking engagements, open forums, discussions, fundraising events and more. I love to give back to the community and to the people with disabilities. I was awarded the 2017 Christian Pueschel Memorial Service Award. I am a former Board of Director for the National Down Syndrome Congress, and former Board Member for the Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana from 2008- 2017. I am currently on the Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana Advisory Board. Lastly, I am an Eagle scout. I am now working on writing my own blog with a twist of Stand Up comedy.

Special Olympics is a wonderful place to be. It gives true meaning of what team effort and hard work is. It gives everyone the chance to experience LOVE, SWEAT, AND CHEERS.

We honor our Special Olympics Oath because it keeps all of our hopes, dreams, and faith alive. Special Olympics lets us come together even if we are DIFFERENT. We’re all made equal in God’s eyes.

By: Tony Piontek, SOLA Athlete


Happy Monday!

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“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Jefferson Area Magnolia School Bowling

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

Over the Edge

#NOLAOTE FLYER

#NolaOTE is a one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest Fundraisers. You will not only get an amazing experience but you will also help thousands of Special Olympics Louisiana athletes. Athletes who have gained self-confidence, athletic ability, friendships and empowerment through Special Olympics programs.

Individuals are required to raise a minimum of $1,000 and can request donations from family, friends and co-workers through their own personal Over the Edge on-line fundraising page.

Register Now!


Throwback Thursday

For this week’s #TBT we go back to March of 2012! Listen to stars from “The Ringer” Johnny Knoxville & Eddie Barbanell talk about the R-Word. The next Spread the Word to End the Word day will be hosted on 3.07.2018!


Thank you, sponsors!

website 2017With 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.


Medal Monday

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It’s our favorite day of the week! It’s #MedalMonday! Share your best medal pictures with us in the comments below!


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!


NC Fall Field Day

This is an event for the North Central area. Elementary aged male and female athletes from the area will participate in motor skill games and activities. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

Current Events

Stay up to date with our current events!
Check out our website,  www.laso.org, where 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.
  • Social Media:    FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagramLinkedin!  We got ’em!  Stay current with these and be sure to say hello!
  • 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!

October Athlete Spotlight

IMG_6479NAME: Brian “B-Love” Leroux
HOME TOWN: New Iberia, LA
SPORTS: Athletics, bowling, softball, and basketball
AGE: 29
YEARS INVOLVED: 15

Q:  Are you employed?
A : Yes. I work at the Arc of Iberia and I have been working there for 8 years.
Q:  What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?
A:  My favorite memories are travelling on overnight trips to competitions with my unified sports teams.

Q:  What’s your key to success?
A: Practice makes perfect!

Q: What are your goals?
A:  I want to fly on a plane, travel to Washington D.C., and see the National Bowling Tournament. I also want to be famous!


Brian Leroux

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    Are you employed?

     
     
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    Yes. I work at the Arc of Iberia and I have been working there for 8 years. 

      
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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

     
     
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    My favorite memories are travelling on overnight trips to competitions with my unified sports teams. 

       
     
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    What's your key to success? 

     
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    Practice makes perfect!

      
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    I want to fly on a plane, travel to Washington D.C., and see the National Bowling Tournament. I also want to be famous! 

      
     

#ImAGameChanger

We are surrounded by unsung heroes who are creating communities where people with intellectual disabilities are meaningfully and fully welcomed, one act of inclusion at a time. Now, it’s time to recognize them.

Whether it’s inviting a classmate with an intellectual disability to hang out at the mall, or implementing inclusive hiring practices at a place of business, any act of inclusion – no matter how big or small – can change the game for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

25-meter butterfly--Lindsay Whitelock

Do you know a person or a company that exemplifies what it means to be inclusive? Are you a game changer? The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games wants to hear from you. Submit your nominations for game changers in your community and help us honor those who are breaking down barriers and making a difference.

To nominate a Game Changer, click here.


A Big Thanks To Our Partners!

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