Healthy Athletes

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Did you know that Special Olympics Louisiana offers free health examinations for our athletes? Healthy Athletes is a large part of our organization.  Our athletes are screened through Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Fit Feet, 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!

Click here for more information.


Sports Offered at SOLA

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Special Olympics offers numerous Olympic-type individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for persons with and without intellectual disabilities. There are several sports that Special Olympics Louisiana offers but does not hold competitions in due to availability or other environmental factors.

Listed below are all the sports Special Olympics Louisiana has to offer:

Artistic Gymnastics              Equestrian
Athletics  (Track & Field)    Flag Football
Badminton                             Football (Soccer
Basketball                              Golf
Bocce                                      Horseshoes
Bowling                                 Motor Activity Training
Cycling                                   Powerlifting
Rhythmic Gymnastics           Softball Table Tennis
Tennis                                    Unified Sports Volleyball

To learn more Click Here


#MedalMonday

DSC_9474.jpgIt’s our favorite day of the week… #MedalMonday! Share your best medal pictures with us in the comments below!


State Fall Classic

SFC WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 20-22, 2017 AT PELICAN PARK AND THE ROBICHEAUX CENTER IN CARENCRO, LA.

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

Register to Volunteer


Thank you, 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.

2017 Sponsors


Young Athletes

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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.

Find out more about the program here. 


Internships Available

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Did you know Special Olympics Louisiana has internships available? Build your portfolio while helping a state wide organization that serves over 14,880 people. Internships are available in Accounting, Clerical, Event Planning, Fundraising, Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Recruiting, and Sports/Competition. Contact our office to find out more at 1-800-345-6644 or laso@laso.org.


Louisiana Athlete Steps Up to the Plate

sdadddddddOn February 12th, 2017 Special Olympics Louisiana hosted the first ever unified baseball clinic within the state. Word got out about the clinic, and the mother of one athlete wanted her son, Riley, to participate in any way possible. Riley however, is unable to walk on his own without the assistance of his crutches that give him support. SOLA staff members worked to figure out the best way to get Riley involved. As the clinic began, Riley participated in catch when sitting on a bench, but that wasn’t enough. Riley wanted to bat. He started off seated, but the bench was restricting Riley’s swing. With a few attempts and a coach stationed behind him for support, Riley stood on his own and swung a baseball bat. This was Riley’s first time participating in a Special Olympics event, and he had a blast! Since the baseball clinic Riley has gone on to participate in bowling and volleyball competitions. Riley’s determination is what Special Olympics and Unified Sports is all about!


Happy Friday!

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“I think sportsmanship is knowing that it is a game, that we are only as a good as our opponents, and whether you win or lose, to always give 100 percent.” – Sue Wicks


Throwback Thursday!

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This Throwback Thursday goes back to June of 2014 for Special Olympics USA Games!

Special Olympics Louisiana sent a delegation of 101 to New Jersey to compete in the Games. Team Louisiana did phenomenal and brought home 47 gold medals, 36 silver medals, 34 bronze medals, 43 fourth place ribbons, 10 fifth place ribbons, 6 sixth place ribbons, 3 seventh place ribbons and 3 eighth place ribbons. That is a grand total of 182 awards!


Unified Sports

Social Inclusion Through Sports

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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.


Calling all sports fans!

FireFan Business Card FrontDo 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.

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!

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!


Camp Shriver Shreveport

Camp Shriver Shreveport will take place Tuesday June 13th through Thursday June 15th from 8am-2pm. This camp will feature athletes and partners from the Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Cenla, and Red River Areas. To learn more about Camp Shriver and to register, please speak with your area coordinator.

Camp Shriver

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Camp Shriver Shreveport will kick off tomorrow, Tuesday, June 13th through Thursday, June 15th from 8am-2pm at Princess Park.

This camp will feature athletes and partners from the Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Cenla, and Red River Areas. 

Camp Shriver Bayouland will also take place Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 17 at Bourg Gym, 4411 Eldred Street, Bourg, LA 70343

To learn more about Camp Shriver and to register, please click here.


SOL Bowl

Who: 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 11, 2017

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! 

Register Now!

AC. Vermillion Parish Unified Bowling

This is an event for the Acadiana 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.

SOL Bowl This Weekend!

2017 SOL Bowl FlyerThe 15th Annual SOL Bowl is happening THIS WEEKEND! Don’t miss your chance to bowl with and meet local celebrities and SOLA athletes! Join us this weekend!

We will also have a silent auction, raffle, food, drinks, music, & prizes!

For more info & to register, click here.


Another Way to Connect

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!


Camp Shriver Baton Rouge

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Camp Shriver Baton Rouge began yesterday, Monday, June 5th and will continue through Friday, June 9th from 8am-2pm.  Camp Shriver is taking place at the First Church of the Nazarene (9955 Old Hammond Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70816).  This camp will feature athletes and partners from the Capital Area and Florida Parishes Area. Learn more about Camp Shriver.

Camp Shriver brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities for training and competition.  Athletes learn new sports skills, improve individual sport performance, participate in individual and team sports, build friendships and have fun with camp volunteers.

To find when a Camp Shriver is near you, click here.


11th Annual NW Area Golf Tournament

This is a fundraiser event for the Northwest Area. It is a 4 Person Scramble $125 per person. Mulligans $10 per person-coverd one per side. Hole, Green, Beverage Cart Sponsors $100 each. Tee Time 8 am and 1 pm depending on number of teams, otherwise 1 pm. Lunch is at 12 noon. To register for the fundraiser please contact Jimmy Hickman (318) 426-3320 or Ed Adams (318) 779-7532.

Medal Monday

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It’s Medal Monday! You know the drill… share your favorite Medal Monday pictures in the comments below.Don’t forget to use #MedalMonday in your comment!


Camp Shriver Baton Rouge

Camp Shriver Baton Rouge will take place Monday June 5th through Friday June 9th from 8am-2pm. This camp will feature athletes and partners from the Capital Area and Florida Parishes Area. Learn more about Camp Shriver.

State Summer Games Recap

The below paragraph is a guest post from SOLA Athlete, Channing Ewing, from our Northwest Area about the 2017 State Summer Games in Hammond, LA. Michael & Channing.jpg

“I had a blast this year at Summer Games despite the weather. I enjoyed meeting Michael Hoomanawauni! He is an awesome dude. Getting to say the Athlete’s Oath at Opening Ceremonies was a amazing honor and I hope to do it again someday. I had a wonderful time at the dance. Thanks to the volunteers, Mr. Charlie, SOLA Staff, etc for putting on a wonderful Summer Games!”

-Channing

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June Athlete Spotlight

  • Q: What are some fun facts about you?
    A: I love the TV show Supernatural. I also have 1 sister and 4 dogs.

    Q: What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?
    A: My favorite memory has been making friends. 

    Q: How have you changed since becoming involved in Special Olympics?
    A: I used to be nervous but now I am calm.

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  • q

    Are you currently employed?

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    Yes, I work at Goodwill where I sort clothes and items as they come in. I have been working there for 6 years. 

  • q

    What are some fun facts about you?

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    I love the TV show Supernatural. I also have 1 sister and 4 dogs.

  • q

    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

    a

    My favorite memory has been making friends.

     

  • q How have you changed since becoming involved in Special Olympics?
    a

    I used to be nervous but now I am calm. 

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