Meet Logan- Athlete Guest Post

Logan Boynton

My name is Logan Boynton. I am 15 years old and am a Freshman at East St. John High School. I’ve been in Special Olympics since I was 8. I love Special Olympics because I love sports. One day I want to be a football player and play for the Saints or be a Major League baseball player. Special Olympics means a lot to me because I have a lot of friends and am really good at sports now. My brother Jude is my biggest fan. He likes football now because of me. I play 2nd base for t-ball, I run, throw the javelin, and I play basketball. I even got to play football once. I like all sports. I have lots of medals and ribbons. Special Olympics makes me really happy.

 


Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

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Stop in your local Jambalaya Shoppe for lunch or dinner and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores through out the state are raising funds for our athletes.

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

Thank you, Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!

 


Guest Post: Meet Tony

Tony Piontek-1 copy.jpgI am Tony Piontek and I ‘m 43 years old and I have lived in New Iberia, Louisiana for about twenty one years.

I’ve made a wonderful path of hope, courage, growth and faith. I know that Special Olympics is a perfect place for any child, teenager, or adult to BE THEMSELVES. I’ve been on the Special Olympics Louisiana Athlete Leadership Council as an Ambassador since 1998. I started Special Olympics Louisiana’s program in 1982. I have been competing for 35 years and i have been competing in the sport of Aquatics for 30 years. I am a multi Gold and Silver Medal Swimmer in State, National, and World Games. In 1995,  I was an Athlete Official as a Timer Judge for the Special Olympics World Summer Games held in New Heaven, CT.

I’ve traveled to many Special Olympics Louisiana speaking engagements, open forums, discussions, fundraising events and more. I love to give back to the community and to the people with disabilities. I was awarded the 2017 Christian Pueschel Memorial Service Award. I am a former Board of Director for the National Down Syndrome Congress, and former Board Member for the Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana from 2008- 2017. I am currently on the Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana Advisory Board. Lastly, I am an Eagle scout. I am now working on writing my own blog with a twist of Stand Up comedy.

Special Olympics is a wonderful place to be. It gives true meaning of what team effort and hard work is. It gives everyone the chance to experience LOVE, SWEAT, AND CHEERS.

We honor our Special Olympics Oath because it keeps all of our hopes, dreams, and faith alive. Special Olympics lets us come together even if we are DIFFERENT. We’re all made equal in God’s eyes.

By: Tony Piontek, SOLA Athlete


Happy Monday!

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“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Over the Edge

#NOLAOTE FLYER

#NolaOTE is a one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest Fundraisers. 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.

Individuals are required to raise a minimum of $1,000 and can request donations from family, friends and co-workers through their own personal Over the Edge on-line fundraising page.

Register Now!


Throwback Thursday

For this week’s #TBT we go back to March of 2012! Listen to stars from “The Ringer” Johnny Knoxville & Eddie Barbanell talk about the R-Word. The next Spread the Word to End the Word day will be hosted on 3.07.2018!


Thank you, sponsors!

website 2017With the aid of our amazing 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.


Medal Monday

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


Healthy Athletes

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Special Olympics Louisiana offers free health examinations for our athletes at our State Events!

Healthy Athletes is a large part of our organization.  Our athletes are screened through Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Fit 08Feet, 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!


Current Events

Stay up to date with our current events!
Check out our website,  www.laso.org, where you can find out anything you want to know about Special Olympics Louisiana!

  • Keep up with events and learn about the next fundraiser that is taking place.
  • Social Media:    FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagramLinkedin!  We got ’em!  Stay current with these and be sure to say hello!
  • Read our blog:  Oh, you are already here!  Our blog is the go to place to see our current events.  We post here just about every day and the majority of posts revolve around our events.  But, we do like to throw the occasional picture and quote for you to enjoy!

October Athlete Spotlight

IMG_6479NAME: Brian “B-Love” Leroux
HOME TOWN: New Iberia, LA
SPORTS: Athletics, bowling, softball, and basketball
AGE: 29
YEARS INVOLVED: 15

Q:  Are you employed?
A : Yes. I work at the Arc of Iberia and I have been working there for 8 years.
Q:  What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?
A:  My favorite memories are travelling on overnight trips to competitions with my unified sports teams.

Q:  What’s your key to success?
A: Practice makes perfect!

Q: What are your goals?
A:  I want to fly on a plane, travel to Washington D.C., and see the National Bowling Tournament. I also want to be famous!


#ImAGameChanger

We are surrounded by unsung heroes who are creating communities where people with intellectual disabilities are meaningfully and fully welcomed, one act of inclusion at a time. Now, it’s time to recognize them.

Whether it’s inviting a classmate with an intellectual disability to hang out at the mall, or implementing inclusive hiring practices at a place of business, any act of inclusion – no matter how big or small – can change the game for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

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Do you know a person or a company that exemplifies what it means to be inclusive? Are you a game changer? The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games wants to hear from you. Submit your nominations for game changers in your community and help us honor those who are breaking down barriers and making a difference.

To nominate a Game Changer, click here.


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!

2017 SFC Flyer


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.


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


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!

2017 Sponsors


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.


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.


Sports Offered

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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                             Soccer
Basketball                              Golf
Bocce                                      Horseshoes
Bowling                                 Motor Activity Training
Cycling                                   Powerlifting
Rhythmic Gymnastics        Softball
Tennis                                    Unified Sports Volleyball
Table Tennis

To learn more Click Here!


Rivalry Game POSTPONED!

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Due to the severe weather in the area, this year’s Unified Rivalry Flag Football Game between Nicholls State University and McNeese State University scheduled for Thursday, August 31st has been postponed. Stay tuned for more information on the rescheduled date!


Happy Friday

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“Some succeed because they are destined to;
most succeed because they are determined to.”
– Anatole France


Current Events

There are always competitions, clinics, and fundraisers happening with Special Olympics Louisiana.  So, we want to keep you updated on all of our current events!  There are a few ways to do so:

  1. Check out our website:  www.laso.org.  Here you can find out anything you want to know about Special Olympics Louisiana!  Keep up with events and learn about the next fundraiser that is taking place.
  2. Social Media:  FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagramLinkedin!  We got ’em!  Stay current with these and be sure to say hello!
  3. Read our blog:  Oh, you are already here!  Our blog is the go to place to see our current events.  We post here just about every day and the majority of posts revolve around our events.  But, we do like to throw the occasional picture and quote for you to enjoy!

No that you know how to keep up, we can’t wait to see you at the next event!


Healthy Athletes

Healthy athletes checkup 9 (eyes) Special Olympics Louisiana’ Healthy Athletes program currently offers health screenings in six areas: Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology),  Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry). Healthy Athletes organizes its events in a welcoming, fun environment. Its screenings educate athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and identify problems that may need additional follow-up.

Click on the discipline to learn more:
Fit Feet
FUN Fitness
Health Promotion
Healthy Hearing 
Opening Eyes
Special Smiles

Want to learn more about Healthy Athletes? Contact us.
Don’t forget to visit our next Healthy Athletes event at State Fall Classic in Carencro, LA on October 21st!


College Clubs

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Want to make a difference during college? Join the thousands of college students across the world who are working to benefit Special Olympics. College students are creating a more accepting and inclusion community for all, and you can join them! Learn more about the ways you can get involved on campus!


Unified Rivalry Flag Football Series is BACK!

img_0081This year’s Unified Rivalry Flag Football Game between Nicholls State University and McNeese State University is sure to be one for the books! The game will be played on Thursday, August 31st at the Nicholls State University soccer fields just outside of Guidry Stadium. Special guests include Dr. Bruce Murphy, University President, the Nicholls State band, dance team, cheerleaders, and even their mascot! Immediately after the game, all athletes, unified partners and family members will attend the Nicholls State University Alumni Association’s tailgate followed by the collegiate game between the two divisional rivals. An athlete from both the McNeese and Nicholls unified flag football team will be represented on the field during the coin toss of the football game. Special Olympics Louisiana is excited to build these partnerships with two of our Unified Champion Schools universities. See you there!


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!


Fire Fan

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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!

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!


#MedalMonday

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It’s our favorite day of the week… #MedalMonday! Show off your medals in the comments below!


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)
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  • Email: laso@laso.org