Medal Monday

It’s our favorite day of the week — Medal Monday!

Share a picture of your favorite athlete with their medals! Olivia


December Athlete Spotlight: Da’quan Ward

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  • Q :  Have you ever attended a World or National Games?

    A :  No, but I am attending the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games for the first time next year.

  •  Q :  What are some interesting things about you?
      A:  I’ve been an employee at Dominos for 3 years and I have one brother. I love playing basketball, football, video games, and I love to exercise!
  • Q : What is your favorite memory that has happened while you have been with Special Olympics?

    A :  When we win our basketball games.

  • Q : Who has helped you the most to get to this point?

    A  : My mom.

 


Finish Line is Spreading Unstoppable Joy!

For the 6th year in a row, Finish Line will be holding its annual holiday fundraising campaign benefiting Special Olympics. The fundraiser will take place from November 15 until December 31, 2017.  Over 560 Finish Line stores across the United States are participating!

Like before, customers will be asked to make donations at check-out to help benefit Special Olympics. In addition to in-store donations, you will also be able to make online donations and round up on your online purchases.

Click here to shop online or make a donation, or you can visit a store in your area!            Find a location near you in Alexandria, Gretna, Kenner, Lake Charles, Metairie, New Orleans, and two stores in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.Powerlifting Athlete


Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

Make sure to stop at your local Jambalaya Shoppe for some yummy food and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores in the state are helping to raise funds for our athletes.

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

We want to say thank you to The Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!

If you can’t make it in to a store today, feel free to donate online here

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Thank You to the Over the Edge Sponsors!

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Thank you to all of our wonderful participants for making Over the Edge a success. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Special thanks to our event sponsors for making OTE possible:

Boes Iron Works, Inc.
MS Benbow & Associates
Entergy
Our Lady of the Angels
Valero

In-Kind Sponsors:
Kenner Police Department
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
Corporate Realty
Valero
Knights of Columbus
Walmart
New Orleans Saints
Oschner
Grooves Entertainment Mobile DJ’s
White Donut Productions
Raising Cane’s
610 Stompers
WWL
Firehouse Subs #1492
WGNO
SMG
Juan’s Flying Burrito
St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office

We can’t wait for next year!


Medal Monday

Guess what day it is? Our favorite day – MEDAL MONDAY! Share a picture of your favorite athlete with their medals!Martin Maher/Freelance


Over The Edge Today!

If you’re in the New Orleans area today, come out and support us at Over the Edge! We’ll have SWAT Training, rappelling, and helicopter rides! Join us at Benson Tower in New Orleans from 7-3. #NOLAOTE FLYER


Follow Us on Instagram

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Did you know that SOLA has an Instagram?

Follow @specialolympicslouisiana to see current pictures of our amazing athletes and stay updated on current events!


Every Mile Matters!

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Charity Miles is a free smart phone app, on iPhone or Android, that tracks your mileage while you exercise while raising money for different causes. Anyone can log on and earn money for their miles, whether you bike, run, or walk!

 

Download Charity Miles to your iPhone or Android device today and start earning for Special Olympics! Earn 25 cents for every mile you walk or run, and 10 cents for every mile you cycle!

Clink here for directions on downloading!

 


#Giving2Play

It’s #Giving2Play day and we want to give athletes the chance to Play Sports, Play Healthy, and Play Unified. This #GivingTuesday donate now and your gift will be MATCHED.

Your donation will give 2 times the health exams, support twice the amount of Louisiana athletes live their dream, and give double the number of sports equipment and attire.

Click here to contribute.


#Giving2Play

Giving2PlayCreative_FB1_V1.gifThere are athletes in every corner of Louisiana waiting for your gift to get in the game.And on this #Giving2Play day, your gift will be MATCHED.

Your gift today will have DOUBLE the impact to; help twice as many athletes, change twice as many lives, and double the amount of joy. We can’t do this without you. The offer only lasts until midnight, so give now.

Right now there are millions of potential athletes sitting on the benches waiting for their chance to get in the game. They don’t know what it feels like to win a game at the buzzer, block a shot, or sink a three pointer. But even more they don’t know the overwhelming joy that comes with representing their home state of Louisiana. Today, you can change that!

You can be the change an athlete needs. You can be the difference in their lives. And today, your gift will have double the impact. Don’t hesitate, step up today.

P.S. This match doesn’t last forever. In fact, it’s already halfway done, so don’t hesitate. Give today.

Donate Now!


Finish Line is Spreading Unstoppable Joy

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For the 6th year in a row, Finish Line will be holding its annual holiday fundraising campaign benefiting Special Olympics. The fundraiser will take place from November 15 until December 31, 2017.  Over 560 Finish Line stores across the United States are participating!

Like before, customers will be asked to make donations at check-out to help benefit Special Olympics. In addition to in-store donations, you will also be able to make online donations and round up on your online purchases.

Click here to shop online or make a donation, or you can visit a store in your area!            Find a location near you in Alexandria, Gretna, Kenner, Lake Charles, Metairie, New Orleans, and two stores in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.


Shop SOLA on Black Friday

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Did you know we have an online souvenir shop?! Browse SOLA’s online store for  amazing products and purchase today.

Click here to visit SOLA’s online shop.

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


Let’s Go Over the Edge!

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Too scared to rappel? Then donate to an edger and help them reach their goal for Special Olympics Louisiana. Or, you can make General Donation for the athletes that are participating in the event!

Do you have what it takes to go Over the Edge?

Register Now!


Jambalaya Shoppe Fundraiser

TJSFMO logo ricca final 2Make sure to stop at your local Jambalaya Shoppe for some yummy food and make a donation to Special Olympics Louisiana! All 12 stores in the state are helping to raise funds for our athletes.

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

We want to say thank you to The Jambalaya Shoppe for your continued support!


Meet One of Our Volunteers

keifer ackley award photoKeifer Ackley is the president of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at McNeese State University. Ackley helped organize their “Monster Mash” Halloween dance that had 150 current students at McNeese and over 50 Special Olympics Louisiana-Southwest Area athletes in attendance.

During the dance, it was announced that Ackley had been granted the 2017 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Louisiana Chapter) Scholarship Award for his efforts with Special Olympics Louisiana at McNeese. Also, in April, he worked with his fraternity to start an on-campus basketball tournament called “PIKE Slamma Jamma” that was able to raise $4,500 for SOLA.

Ackley says, “We tend to become selfish in college as we become more independent and stressed. Events like these are important for students to learn how to unify, love, and encourage others. It’s truly remarkable to see how many lives are impacted.”


Monster Mash Hosted by Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity

On Friday, October 13th Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at McNeese State University hosted a “Monster Mash” Halloween dance. All McNeese students were invited to go dance, play games, eat, and mingle with over 50 Special Olympics Louisiana-Southwest Area athletes. 150 students attended the event, dancing and smiling alongside the athletes.

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity president, Keifer Ackley, said “the amount of love and joy felt in that room was indescribable. Our Special Olympics athletes teach us to love life, be brave, and to love everyone you interact with.” monster mash


A Thank You to Our Sponsors!

We went to send out a Thank You to all of Special Olympics Louisiana’s sponsors and all that they do for us!

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Special Olympics Louisiana Intern Named Southeastern Louisiana University Homecoming Queen

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On Saturday, October 28, 2017, one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s interns, Mattie Hawkins, was named the 2017 Southeastern Louisiana University Homecoming Queen.

Mattie is studying to become a senior sports management major. She is the Chapter President of Delta Sigma Theta, a Project PULL mentor, a student worker in the Office of Disability Services, and an intern at Special Olympics Louisiana.

Upon hearing she had won Mattie was speechless, but afterwards said, “It was a major accomplishment to be crowned and I am proud to represent Southeastern Louisiana University and Special Olympics Louisiana.”


Invest in Something Special

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED PHASE 1 OF THE VOYA FINANCIAL CAMPAIGN.

Phase 2 will be November 13-19. During that time, Voya will be donating $1 for every original post, like, share or comment with the hashtag #InvestInSomethingSpecial, up to $520,000 ($10,000 per participating Program). 

Here’s how you can help:

Voya has been collecting stories from the Special Olympics community that answer the question “what are your goals beyond sports”. From Nov 13-19, Voya will start posting these stories to launch the #InvestInSomethingSpecial campaign.

1)      Share Voya’s posts about the campaign: Go to Voya’s (@Voya), Special Olympics (@SpecialOlympics) or SONA’s social channels to find the #InvestInSomethingSpecial content and share them with your community, encouraging your audiences to engage by liking, commenting and sharing! Voya’s post will include all the information about the campaign, including that Voya will be donating $1 for every like, share or comment!

2)      Like and comment on posts with #InvestInSomethingSpecial: Look up the hashtag and like or comment on the stories people are posting!

3)      Post your own story: Voya wants the Special Olympics community to post stories during the campaign. It could be as simple as “Beyond sport, Special Olympics [chapter] is working to inspire our athletes to become leaders of their communities! #InvestInSomething Special” (make sure to include the hashtag!)

We need your help!


Another Way to Connect With Us!

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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!


We Want You!

Calling all athletes, families, coaches, partners, and volunteers. This is your chance to shine!

One of our favorite things here at SOLA is hearing amazing stories from our Special Olympics community.

Please share your story with us. We want to know how you became involved with Special Olympics and what kind of difference it has made in your everyday life! You could even share your best photos from an event or competition.

We will even share some of your stories to our blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

You can post your stories or pictures into the comments below or email us!

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Meet the McCallisters

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Becca, Kassi, and Kylie McCallister have been volunteering for Special Olympics Louisiana for 15 years. They are a retired military family from Leesville, Louisiana. Kylie is studying to become a special education teacher herself.

It’s important to Becca that she shares this experience with her children because it brings them closer together and allows them to bond with each other. She says, “We should treat others with compassion and acceptance. Serving others holds a special place in our hearts and we are blessed with their unconditional love.”


Over the Edge

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#NolaOTE is one of the largest fundraisers for Special Olympics Louisiana. Anyone can go Over the Edge, whether you are fearless or want to overcome a fear!

Participants get to rappel 25 STORIES down the side of NOLA’s Benson Tower, ride in a helicopter, and SWAT train at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s training facility.

Individuals are required to raise a minimum of $1000 and can request donations from anyone, so get EVERYONE involved! The event will take place Friday, December 1st, 2017.

REGISTER TODAY!


Medal Monday

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It’s our favorite day of the week over here at Special Olympics Louisiana. It’s medal Monday! Comment below with a picture of you and your medals!


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!


November Athlete Spotlight: Rebecca Marceaux

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HOME TOWN: New Iberia, LA
SPORTS: Athletics, Bowling, and Softball
AGE: 30
YEARS INVOLVED: 14

Q:  Have you ever attended a World or National Games?
A:  Yes. I competed in the 2010 National Games in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was so much fun I didn’t want to come home!

 

Q: What are some interesting things about you?
A:   I love to watch Stephen King movies and listen to country music. I am also engaged and will be getting married in 2018! I have a cat named Missy who is not friendly and loves to hiss at people. She rules my house.

Q: What was your life like before Special Olympics?
A:  I had less friends and I didn’t exercise. I wasn’t active.

Q: What are your goals?
A:  I want to get married, buy a home, and have kids.


Invest in Something Special

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Share your aspirations beyond sports with @VoyaFinancial & the #InvestInSomethingSpecial campaign! Every submission will help raise funds for our Program. Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Think about what your goals are outside of sports
    2. Comment on this post or post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram using #InvestInSomethingSpecial or @Voya or submit your stories via Voya’s online portal: http://bit.ly/2zspxZw

Happy Friday!

DSC_5753.jpg“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller


Your Photo Can Make a Difference

Special Olympics partnered with Johnson & Johnson for a two-month long campaign called Donate a Photo. For every photo donated, Johnson & Johnson will give $1 to Special Olympics. Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the free Donate a Photo App on your phone.
  2. Select Special Olympics as your cause.
  3. Pick a photo to donate and press share.

The campaign ends November 18, so hurry and share your pics!

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State Fall Classic Recap

IMG_0845.jpgThe below paragraph is a guest post from SOLA Athlete, Channing Ewing, from our Northwest Area about the 2017 State Fall Classic in Lafayette, LA.

I really enjoyed my time in Lafayette!! The food at Pelican Park was amazing!! I really liked being interviewed by KATC and getting to be on the local news. It would have been nice if I could have gotten to go to Olympic Town but with all of the weather issues that we had I’m not complaining at all.  Kudos to all of the staff for all the hard work they did this past weekend!!!

Channing


Local Officer Inducted into the LETR Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Lt. Col. Ward Webb from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office!

Lt. Col. Webb was recently inducted into the Richard LaMunyon Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Hall of Fame at the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

This award is the most prestigious award given in the Torch Run community and is given to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the Torch Run movement and Special Olympics at the local, national and international levels.

SOLA is proud to have the dedicated Lt. Col. Webb as a Louisiana LETR member! Thank you for your commitment to our movement!


Meet Logan- Athlete Guest Post

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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!

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