State Indoor Games

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WHAT: The 2018 Special Olympics Louisiana State Indoor Games.

WHEN & WHERE: March 2-3, 2018 in Baton Rouge, LA SPORTS: Bowling, Basketball, and Tennis

COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Competitions will be held on Saturday, March 3rd

Basketball from 8:00AM to 5:30PM Saturday, March 3rd

Bowling- All Star Lanes from 11:00AM to 3:00PM Saturday, March 3rd

Bowling- Circle Bowl from 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Basketball – Team Automotive Group Sportsplex

Tennis – Independence Park (Indoor & Outdoor Tennis Courts)

REGISTRATION: First Church of the Nazarene 9955 Old Hammond Hwy Baton Rouge, LA 70816

OPENING CEREMONIES: Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday, March 2nd at Team Automotive Group Sportsplex (7122 Perkins Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70808) at 7:00 PM.

HEALTHY ATHLETES: will be held at First Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 (9am-2pm)

VOLUNTEERS: A support staff of more than 1,000 volunteers will work at the Games. They will serve in jobs ranging from coaching, to food preparation, to officiating.

Polar Plunge this weekend!

Join us at the 2018 Polar Plunges – The official event of winter! Individuals have committed to raise $50 or more to plunge into the icy cold water for thousands of Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! Get a thrill from the chill and join us in Gonzales or Shreveport!

What is it?  The Polar Plunge® is one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest fundraisers. With the help of our Law Enforcement Torch Run comrades this event is attracting hundreds of people to an otherwise deserted waterhole in the winter. Crowd favorites at this event include a costume contest, musical entertainment, as well as vendor displays and giveaways.

Who? Individuals and teams from businesses and organizations, alongside our athletes and thousands of community members, experience heartwarming and bone chilling extremes as they take the plunge into the icy cold water during the winter for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes!!

Don’t have what it takes? Come watch! If taking an icy dip isn’t for you, then come be a fan of fun as you watch folks Run, Plunge and Freeze for a great cause OR Donate to a Plunger. The Polar Plunge® is open to the public and also features musical entertainment, food, costumes, vendor displays, children’s activities and more. There is no fee to view the Plunge, but donations are always welcomed.

Gonzales – February 17th, 2018  @ Cabela’s

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This is another great way that you can follow along with what is happening in the world of Special Olympics Louisiana.

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Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day from all of our athletes, partners, coaches, volunteers and staff! We hope you have a great day with the ones you love.

 

Medal Monday

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

Polar Plunge

Officers Take the Plunge

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!

Unified Sports

2012 State Indoor Games officer and runner Opening Ceremonies

Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

 

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.  

Young people with disabilities don’t often get a chance to play on their school sports teams, but more and more U.S. states are adopting the unified sports approach that Special Olympics pioneered. For almost 20 years, Special Olympics has offered sport teams that blend people with and without intellectual disabilities, and that is a model that encourages sports and fun, and which also gets people together to learn more about each other. You can learn more about unified sports and get involved with SOLA by clicking here.

USA Games

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The Special Olympics 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will take place July 1-6, around the University of Washington and the Seattle, Washington community. There are nearly 3,500 athletes and 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and delegates from all over the world expected to attend and compete in the 2018 USA Games. About 50,000 family, friends, and spectators are anticipated to attend.

Meet Team Louisiana

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. Meet the candidates for Team Louisiana’s Delegation.

State Indoor Games

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WHAT: The 2018 Special Olympics Louisiana State Indoor Games.

WHEN & WHERE: March 2-3, 2018 in Baton Rouge, LA SPORTS: Bowling, Basketball, and Tennis

COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Competitions will be held on Saturday, March 3rd

Basketball from 8:00AM to 5:30PM Saturday, March 3rd

Bowling- All Star Lanes from 11:00AM to 3:00PM Saturday, March 3rd

Bowling- Circle Bowl from 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Basketball – Team Automotive Group Sportsplex

Tennis – Independence Park (Indoor & Outdoor Tennis Courts)

REGISTRATION: First Church of the Nazarene 9955 Old Hammond Hwy Baton Rouge, LA 70816

OPENING CEREMONIES: Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday, March 2nd at Team Automotive Group Sportsplex (7122 Perkins Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70808) at 7:00 PM.

HEALTHY ATHLETES: will be held at First Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 (9am-2pm)

VOLUNTEERS: A support staff of more than 1,000 volunteers will work at the Games. They will serve in jobs ranging from coaching, to food preparation, to officiating.

Camp Shriver Northwest

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

June 12 - 14

Princess Park

931 Baker Street 
Shreveport, LA 71101

 

Athlete Spotlight

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NAME Ronnette Rome
HOMETOWN Paradis, LA
SPORTS Bowling
AGE 49
YEARS INVOLVED 35

 Have you ever attended a World or National Games?
 Yes, this Summer in Seattle will be my second USA Games.

Q  Do you have a job?
A Yes, I have been a Walmart greeter for 17 years.
Q  What do you like to do in your spare time?
A  I like to spend time with my sisters. We will go shopping, out to eat, to the movies, get coffee, or go to the park.
Q What was the moment that changed everything for you?
A  When I was diagnosed with cancer.

Unified Rivalry Series: LSU vs Tulane Unified Basketball

The Unified Sports Rivalry Basketball game is a Special Olympics Unified Sports game where each team represents one college rival team (LSU vs. Tulane). The teams are comprised of students from the perspective universities and local Special Olympics athletes. Come out and support our Athletes and Unified Partners in this exciting collegiate rivalry.

Tulane Rival Game

DUzcpmsU8AA9muc.pngPlease join us on Saturday, February 3rd at 10:15am for the Second Annual Special Olympics Unified Rivalry Basketball Game between Tulane and LSU! A team of Tulane students and Special Olympics athletes will compete against LSU students and Special Olympics athletes for bragging rights and the coveted Unified Rivalry Cup. The game will take place at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldouse on Tulane’s Uptown campus, right before the Tulane Women’s Basketball Game against South Florida.

You are invited to cheer on the teams and be a “Fan in the Stands.” If we pack the gym, ESPN might come to New Orleans to cover the game. ESPN has served as the Global Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports since 2013, supporting the growth and expansion of this program that empowers individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to engage through the power of sports.

If you have questions or want more information please email us at specialolympicsnola@gmail.com . Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in the gym!

Click here for more information and tickets!

Ronnette Rome

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

    Yes, this Summer in Seattle will be my second USA Games. 

          
  • q  Do you have a job? 
    a Yes, I have been a Walmart greeter for 17 years.  
  • q  

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    a  I like to spend time with my sisters. We will go shopping, out to eat, to the movies, get coffee, or go to the park. 
  • q What was the moment that changed everything for you?
    a  

    When I was diagnosed with cancer. 

A Big Thanks To Our Partners!

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