Happy Friday!

“A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.”
— Irish Proverb


Law Enforcement Torch Run

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Did you know that year round, law enforcement officers raise funds and provide support, friendship, service, and awareness for Special Olympics Louisiana and our athletes? Thank you for your continued support through the Law Enforcement Torch Run Movement!

Are you an officer who would like to get involved? Click here.
Our annual showcase runs will be taking place around the state this May.


Acadiana Area Track & Field (Athletics) Meet North

This is an event for the parishes of Acadia, Lafayette, St. Landry, and St. Martin of the Acadiana Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

Young Athletes Program

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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.


State Golf and Cycling

Special Olympics Louisiana will host  State Golf and Cycling in Monroe , LA. Cycling will take place on Sunday (4/2) at Chennault Park and the weekend will finish up with Golf on Monday (4/3) at Calvert Crossing Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here for more information. 

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Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge Kicks Off Tonight!

The 14th Annual Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge kicks off tonight located in Downtown Hammond, Louisiana. More Than 60 KCBS TEAMS from around the U.S. will compete against each other and local teams for more than $12,000 in Cash & Prizes. This year’s event will also feature 60+ local teams competing in the Backyard Boogie and the Lamar Outdoor Advertising Chicken Little Contest, making this event the largest BBQ event in the State of Louisiana for the 14th year in a row.
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The event also features local bands from around the region playing music on the Northshore Broadcasting stage both Friday night and Saturday. Come and enjoy world class BBQ and listen to local favorites. The Smokin’ Hammond BBQ Challenge is a FREE event. No tickets required. Make sure to visit the Backyard Boogie Contestant area for some delicious treats – Tip-2-Taste! All donations from Tip-2-Taste benefit local charities, including Special Olympics Louisiana!

The Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge is an event where BBQ lovers and the community can come together as one to have a ton of fun in experiencing great people, great food, and great music. We hope to see you there!


Jefferson Area West Bank Athletics Meet

This is an event for the Westbank 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.

Fire Fan App

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What kind of sports fan are you?
Do you call the plays before they happen? Have you ever jumped up and screamed at a fumble? Have you ever end zone danced in your living room?

If sports is your passion, we’ve got your game. Special Olympics Louisiana would like to personally invite you into the world of FireFan — the hottest interactive Sports App community ever created.

FireFan is a game changer! It’s way more than an app. Its real-time play that puts your head in the game…literally. You predict the scores. You call the plays. You decide the action. The penalties. And more…ALL IN REAL TIME. WHILE YOU ARE WATCHING THE GAME!

And even more remarkable…you get a chance to compete against your favorite sports heroes, celebs, your college buds, friends and family, or die-hard fanatics just like you.

Watch the FireFan Video.

The better your calls, the more accurate your predictions, the faster you’ll move up in the standings. The more you play, the more rewards you’ll earn!

Forget the statistics. Rely on your instincts. Ages 13 and above, any level can play. Don’t miss out. See why FireFan is getting every sports fans across America all fired up.

The game is free to download and play. Join our League by using the code “Solagamesapp” when you register, or register here to automatically join our team! You will be the first to know when the app is launched and you can download it!

I’m Ready to Play! Sign me up now! 

Don’t just watch, share with your friends and be a part of the action! FireFan. Ignite your passion and help support Special Olympics Louisiana!


FP.High School Track & Field

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

2017 World Winter Games Coverage

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Be sure to check out all of the Special Olympics World Winter Games action taking place this week! Don’t forget that ESPN2 is airing highlight shows every day this week at 6 pm ET, and a best of the games show will air at 2 pm ET on ABC on March 26.Check local listings for channel and other information.

Need more information on where to see footage from the Games internationally?  Check out our guide online:  http://www.specialolympics.org/Press/2017/2017_World_Winter_Games_Coverage.aspx

Stay tuned so you don’t miss the action!


FP Tangi Athletics Meet

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

Happy Tuesday!

Cam 4“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael Jordan


First Day of Spring

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It’s the first day of Spring! SOLA wishes you all the best this season!


Jefferson Area Independents Athletics Meet

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.

St. Bernard Parish Games (Athletics)

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

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    Are you currently employed?

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    Yes, I work at Chick-Fil-A and have for over 6 months.

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    What are some fun facts about you?

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    I am very unique and outgoing. I am very entertaining and I do great impressions. I love to make people laugh.

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    What was your life like before joining Special Olympics?

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    I was very quiet and shy.

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    What are the goals you have set for yourself?

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    I would love to work at Walt Disney World.

Champions Together Breakfast

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You are invited to the Champions Together Breakfast presented by the Louisiana River Pilots’ Association!

We are asking you to Reveal the Champion in yourself and in our Special Olympics Louisiana athletes. This event is Special Olympics’ annual campaign held on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00 AM at Benedict’s Plantation in Mandeville, LA. Participants are invited to a breakfast that will raise awareness and engage the community by showcasing some of the unique programs Special Olympics Louisiana has to offer.

Click here for more information.
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Polar Plunge Mandeville

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The last Plunge of the winter season is this weekend and you do not want miss it!

The first annual Polar Plunge in Mandeville is this Saturday, March 18th at Fontainebleau State Park! It’s not too late to register to plunge. Will you be Freezin’ for a Reason?

Haven’t registered yet? It’s not too late to participate. You can get signed up quickly by Clicking Here!

FOR MORE INFO & TO REGISTER:
www.laso.org/polarplunge
Watch the video!


Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge

Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge

The 14th Annual Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge is on March 24-25, 2017 located in Downtown Hammond, Louisiana. More Than 60 KCBS TEAMS from around the U.S. will compete against each other and local teams for more than $12,000 in Cash & Prizes. This year’s event will also feature 60+ local teams competing in the Backyard Boogie and the Lamar Outdoor Advertising Chicken Little Contest, making this event the largest BBQ event in the State of Louisiana for the 14th year in a row.
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The event also features local bands from around the region playing music on the Northshore Broadcasting stage both Friday night and Saturday. Come and enjoy world class BBQ and listen to local favorites. The Smokin’ Hammond BBQ Challenge is a FREE event. No tickets required. Make sure to visit the Backyard Boogie Contestant area for some delicious treats – Tip-2-Taste! All donations from Tip-2-Taste benefit local charities, including Special Olympics Louisiana!

The Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge is an event where BBQ lovers and the community can come together as one to have a ton of fun in experiencing great people, great food, and great music. We hope to see you there!


FP.Junior High Track & Field

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

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.


Polar Plunge- Shreveport

Polar Plunge Shreveport
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
East Ridge Country Club

The Polar Plunge is one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest fundraisers, attracting hundreds of people to an otherwise deserted waterhole in the winter. Crowd favorites at this event include the Costume contest, musical entertainment, as well as vendor displays and giveaways.

SOLA Shop

Click here to visit SOLA’s online shop.

Call us at 1-800-345-6644 or email laso@laso.org with your order today!


State Indoor Games

This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in Basketball, Bowling and Tennis. Sign up today to play, coach or volunteer for this event.

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