Finish Line is Spreading Unstoppable Joy

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For the 6th year in a row, Finish Line will be holding its annual holiday fundraising campaign benefiting Special Olympics. The fundraiser will take place from November 15 until December 31, 2017.  Over 560 Finish Line stores across the United States are participating!

Like before, customers will be asked to make donations at check-out to help benefit Special Olympics. In addition to in-store donations, you will also be able to make online donations and round up on your online purchases.

Click here to shop online or make a donation, or you can visit a store in your area!            Find a location near you in Alexandria, Gretna, Kenner, Lake Charles, Metairie, New Orleans, and two stores in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.


Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

Make sure to stop at your local Jambalaya Shoppe for some yummy food and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores in the state are helping to raise funds for our athletes.

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

We want to say thank you to The Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!

If you can’t make it in to a store today, feel free to donate online here

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Unified Champion Schools

The Unified Champion Schools approach incorporates Special Olympics sports and related activities while enhancing the youth experience and empowering them to be change agents in their communities. This requires a shift in current programs and paradigms from a focus on events to committing to a movement advocating for youth as leaders. This programming promotes social inclusion in schools to ensure special education and general education students are equitably engaged. Teachers and students are encouraged to collaborate and create supportive classrooms, activities and opportunities. Students should be encouraged and supported to be agents of change, have opportunities to be leaders, and participate in collaborative school activities. To achieve this, school leaders and educators must foster a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students. A socially inclusive school is a place where no student is excluded because of the degree or type of disability or the services required to meet his/her needs.

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Jefferson Area Independents Bowling

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

ALEX AND ANI “Be Brave” Bangle Launch

cbd17bbsg_frontFor almost 50 years, the bravery of  Special Olympics athletes all over the world has opened hearts & minds. Now, you have the opportunity to keep a piece of their inspiration with you every day through the new Alex and Ani #BeBrave bangle! LINK


Happy Friday!

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“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”
-Buddha


Volunteer Needed!

Emily Hinrichs

Give back to your community and participate in a life changing program!
Can you lend a helping hand for our upcoming state competition?

Special Olympics Louisiana needs volunteers for the upcoming 2018 Indoor Games being held March 2, 2018.  For more details and online sign up click here.


Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

Make sure to stop at your local Jambalaya Shoppe for some yummy food and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores in the state are helping to raise funds for our athletes.

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

We want to say thank you to The Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!

If you can’t make it in to the store today, feel free to donate online here

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We Want You!

Calling all athletes, families, coaches, partners, and volunteers. This is your chance to shine!

One of our favorite things here at SOLA is hearing amazing stories from our Special Olympics community.

Please share your story with us. We want to know how you became involved with Special Olympics and what kind of difference it has made in your everyday life! You could even share your best photos from an event or competition.

We will even share some of your stories to our blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

You can post your stories or pictures into the comments below or email us!

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Young Athletes

With the generous support of the Mattel Children’s Foundation, the Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports play program designed to introduce children with intellectual disabilities to the world of sports prior to their Special Olympics eligibility.

Designed for children ages 2 through 7, the Young Athletes program is designed to strengthen physical development and self-esteem by building skills for future sports participation and socialization. These skills can also help increase the participant’s motor tracking and eye-hand coordination. The program encourages families to become involved as the child learns success through physical activity, all while connecting with their intellectually disabled child in unique ways.

Find out more about the program here. 

 

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Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

Make sure to stop at your local Jambalaya Shoppe for some yummy food and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores in the state are helping to raise funds for our athletes.

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

We want to say thank you to The Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!

If you’re unable to make it into a store today, feel free to donate here 

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!

We went to send out a Thank You to all of Special Olympics Louisiana’s sponsors and all that they do for us!sponsors


Medal Monday

It’s our favorite day of the week — Medal Monday!

Share a picture of your favorite athlete with their medals! Olivia


December Athlete Spotlight: Da’quan Ward

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  • Q :  Have you ever attended a World or National Games?

    A :  No, but I am attending the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games for the first time next year.

  •  Q :  What are some interesting things about you?
      A:  I’ve been an employee at Dominos for 3 years and I have one brother. I love playing basketball, football, video games, and I love to exercise!
  • Q : What is your favorite memory that has happened while you have been with Special Olympics?

    A :  When we win our basketball games.

  • Q : Who has helped you the most to get to this point?

    A  : My mom.

 


Finish Line is Spreading Unstoppable Joy!

For the 6th year in a row, Finish Line will be holding its annual holiday fundraising campaign benefiting Special Olympics. The fundraiser will take place from November 15 until December 31, 2017.  Over 560 Finish Line stores across the United States are participating!

Like before, customers will be asked to make donations at check-out to help benefit Special Olympics. In addition to in-store donations, you will also be able to make online donations and round up on your online purchases.

Click here to shop online or make a donation, or you can visit a store in your area!            Find a location near you in Alexandria, Gretna, Kenner, Lake Charles, Metairie, New Orleans, and two stores in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.Powerlifting Athlete


Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

Make sure to stop at your local Jambalaya Shoppe for some yummy food and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores in the state are helping to raise funds for our athletes.

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

We want to say thank you to The Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!

If you can’t make it in to a store today, feel free to donate online here

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Thank You to the Over the Edge Sponsors!

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Thank you to all of our wonderful participants for making Over the Edge a success. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Special thanks to our event sponsors for making OTE possible:

Boes Iron Works, Inc.
MS Benbow & Associates
Entergy
Our Lady of the Angels
Valero

In-Kind Sponsors:
Kenner Police Department
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
Corporate Realty
Valero
Knights of Columbus
Walmart
New Orleans Saints
Oschner
Grooves Entertainment Mobile DJ’s
White Donut Productions
Raising Cane’s
610 Stompers
WWL
Firehouse Subs #1492
WGNO
SMG
Juan’s Flying Burrito
St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office

We can’t wait for next year!


Da'quan Ward

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  • q  Have you ever attended a World or National Games?
     
    a  

    No, but I am attending the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games for the first time next year. 

        
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    What are some interesting things about you?

     
     
    a I've been an employee at Dominos for 3 years and I have one brother. I love playing basketball, football, video games, and I love to exercise!
     
  • q  

    What is your favorite memory that has happened while you have been with Special Olympics?

     
    a  When we win our basketball games. 
  • q Who has helped you the most to get to this point?
     
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    My mom. 

     

     

     

       
     

Medal Monday

Guess what day it is? Our favorite day – MEDAL MONDAY! Share a picture of your favorite athlete with their medals!Martin Maher/Freelance


Over The Edge Today!

If you’re in the New Orleans area today, come out and support us at Over the Edge! We’ll have SWAT Training, rappelling, and helicopter rides! Join us at Benson Tower in New Orleans from 7-3. #NOLAOTE FLYER


NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition

Whether you are fearless or looking to overcome your fears, NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition is the challenge for you!  This event is the ULTIMATE adrenaline rush!

Participants will get the opportunity to RAPPEL 25 stories down NOLA's Benson Tower, RIDE in a helicopter & SWAT train with Louisiana's finest at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Training Facility, while raising much needed funds for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes!

Register now!

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