Florida Parishes Trivia Night

Please join us for the Florida Parishes Area Trivia Night!
Friday, September 29, 2017
Hammond Police Union Hall, 201 Natchez St, Hammond, LA
Doors open @ 6pm Trivia begins @ 7pm
Food, Music, Drinks & Auction
$25 a person or $200 for a table of 08 : Sponsorships are available.
(985) 345 - 6644

Click here to view the flyer. 
Event Registration Form

Amazon Smile

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Don’t forget about SOLA when you’re shopping on Amazon! Amazon Smile a great way to both. You can get your shopping done and support Special Olympics Louisiana in just a few clicks!  As you start your online shopping, we invite you to shop on Amazon by using this URL: https://smile.amazon.com/.  As you go through the process, be sure to select Special Olympics Louisiana as your charity of choice!


Meet Kayla

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Story by: Cayla’s father, Derek Lane

Cayla Lane entered life as a micro preemie, at one pound thirteen ounces. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and she underwent nineteen brain surgeries. The doctors were very doubtful that she would be able talk, walk, or even run.

She proved them wrong! Cayla is now a senior in high school taking all regular education classes and enjoys working with physical fitness themed classes.

By the time Cayla was nine, she had to have surgery to remove her tibia, and she bounced back. Cayla loves to sing, despite having vocal damage as a child, she bounced back from that again too. Cayla even proved this, as well as her love for her favorite artist, Justin Bieber, as she took the stage on karaoke night while on her cruise.

Although Cayla has had many hurdles to overcome, she has been competing with Special Olympics Louisiana for over six years in power lifting, bocce, track and field, bowling, and swimming. She always brings a smile to every competition. When Cayla initially began swimming she could not even pull her arm out of the water, but now she does the backstroke and has been greatly improving.

Upon graduation from high school, Cayla plans to attend a college in Bossier, LA and will be possibly majoring in General Studies.


Fans in the Stands

Join us for Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 State Fall Classic as a Fan in the Stands.
Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday, October 20th at 6:30pm at Pelican Park in Carencro, LA. We want you to be a FAN in the Stands!  Come out and cheer on our athletes! On Saturday and Sunday, the fun continues as we start competition.  Our athletes have trained very hard for this event and are ready to do their best. All they need is you to make it special!

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Over the Edge

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One tall building, one grand reason!

NOLA Over the Edge is a one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest fundraisers. Join us December 1st, 2017 for the opportunity of a lifetime. Rappel 25 stories down Benson Tower in New Orleans, take a helicopter ride across the city, and SWAT train with Louisiana’s finest at Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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.

For more information and to register click here.


NW Area Swim Meet

This is an event for the Northwest Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event contact the NW Area Team Leader.

Happy Friday!

“Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard and there is nothing you cannot accomplish.” – Brad Henry
Special Olympics gives all athletes with intellectual disabilities a platform to work hard and participate in every aspect of sport.

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Volunteers Needed!

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Can you lend a helping hand for our upcoming state competition?

Special Olympics Louisiana needs volunteers for the upcoming 2017 State Fall Classic being held October 20-22, 2017. Events will be held in Carencro and Lafayette, LA. For more details and online sign up click here.


Medal Monday!

Back again for another, MEDAL MONDAY! You know the drill… share your favorite Medal Monday pictures with us in the comments below. Don’t forget to use #MedalMonday in your comment! 1


Bayouland Area Horseshoe Tournament

This is an event for the Bayouland 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.

Tulane-Special Olympics Field Day

This is an Orleans Area event that is open for any athlete, coach, or Unified Partner from across the state. The Inaugural Tulane-Special Olympics New Orleans field day will consist of football, soccer, water balloons, and other fun games and entertainment for everyone! The Field Day will be Friday September 15th, 2017 from 4 pm- 5:30 pm at Brown Field on Tulane's Uptown Campus. Snacks & Refreshments will be provided, and we will have free parking in Diboll Garage next to Brown Field. All ages are welcomed. If you have any questions or require additional information please email specialolympicsnola@gmail.com

Please RSVP using the link below:

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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 next May.


GoodSearch

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Want an easy way to raise money for Special Olympics Louisiana? Just start using GoodSearch.com as your search engine, make sure you select Special Olympics Louisiana as you charity. Every time you search, they make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana!


Thank you, Sponsors!

Special Olympics Louisiana athletes and their families participate in our programs at zero cost.  In order to keep cost eliminated for these athletes, Special Olympics Louisiana heavily 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 heartfelt special thanks to our sponsors for their ongoing tremendous contributions!

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Keep in touch!

 

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Special Olympics Louisiana is on LinkedIn! Follow us to stay up to date on what’s going on across Louisiana with Special Olympics Louisiana! Click here to check it out!


Resources for Families

Exceptional Lives Louisiana  is a free online resource for families who have a loved one with a disability. The platform consists of personalized, step-by-step Guides on how to navigate disability-related processes such as special education, health insurance and filing for Supplemental Security Income — PLUS a comprehensive Resource Directory of disability-related services. You can search by zip code, child’s age, and services they need. Exceptional Lives also provides support for families through a phone helpline and e-mail. They recently launched 11 how-to Guides and a robust Resource Directory for the entire state of Louisiana.  Visit la.exceptionallives.org to learn more!


State Fall Classic

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Mark your calendar, State Fall Classic will be here soon! Join us October 20-22 in Lafayette & Carencro, LA for softball, horseshoes, and aquatics competitions.

VOLUNTEER NOW!


Register NOW for Over the Edge

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When is NOLA Over the Edge?
Friday, December 1st, 2017

What is NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition?  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!

Who can participate? You will not only get the experience of a lifetime, 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.

Get EVERYONE involved! Toss Your Boss, Throw Your Teacher, Pitch Your President! Companies, schools, clubs and other organizations can raise funds to send someone Over the Edge!  You can even use company matching! Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels and some even include spots to rappel!  You can expect unparalleled media exposure, positive corporate branding…and a truly unique marketing opportunity!!

Too CHICKEN to rappel? Donate to an edger and help them reach their goal for Special Olympics Louisiana, or you can make a General Donation for the athletes participating in the event.

REGISTER NOW!


Athlete Spotlight- Emily Rachal

Emily RachalNAME: Emily Rachal
HOME TOWN: Alexandria, LA
SPORTS: Basketball, Baseball, & Bowling
AGE: 28
YEARS INVOLVED: 1

Q  Are you employed?
A  Yes. I work at the Rapides Arc doing warehouse work using tools and fulfilling contracts with factories. I have been working there for 1 year.
Q  What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?
A  My favorite memories are travelling to competitions, making friends, and getting to bowl. I am much more social now that I’m involved in Special Olympics.

Q  What are some of your hobbies?
A  I love to shop for clothes. I also love to play the card game UNO.

Q What are your goals?
A  I want to become a professional bowler.


Emily Rachal

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    Are you employed?

     
     
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    Yes. I work at the Rapides Arc doing warehouse work using tools and fulfilling contracts with factories. I have been working there for 1 year. 

      
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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

     
     
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    My favorite memories are travelling to competitions, making friends, and getting to bowl. I am much more social now that I'm involved in Special Olympics.

      
     
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    What are some of your hobbies?

     
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    I love to shop for clothes. I also love to play the card game UNO.

     
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    I want to become a professional bowler.  

     
     

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.


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