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State Indoor Games

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WHAT: The 2018 Special Olympics Louisiana State Indoor Games.

WHEN & WHERE: March 2-3, 2018 in Baton Rouge, LA SPORTS: Bowling, Basketball, and Tennis

COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Competitions will be held on Saturday, March 3rd

Basketball from 8:00AM to 5:30PM Saturday, March 3rd

Bowling- All Star Lanes from 11:00AM to 3:00PM Saturday, March 3rd

Bowling- Circle Bowl from 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Basketball – Team Automotive Group Sportsplex

Tennis – Independence Park (Indoor & Outdoor Tennis Courts)

REGISTRATION: First Church of the Nazarene 9955 Old Hammond Hwy Baton Rouge, LA 70816

OPENING CEREMONIES: Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday, March 2nd at Team Automotive Group Sportsplex (7122 Perkins Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70808) at 7:00 PM.

HEALTHY ATHLETES: will be held at First Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 (9am-2pm)

VOLUNTEERS: A support staff of more than 1,000 volunteers will work at the Games. They will serve in jobs ranging from coaching, to food preparation, to officiating.

Polar Plunge this weekend!

Join us at the 2018 Polar Plunges – The official event of winter! Individuals have committed to raise $50 or more to plunge into the icy cold water for thousands of Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! Get a thrill from the chill and join us in Gonzales or Shreveport!

What is it?  The Polar Plunge® is one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest fundraisers. With the help of our Law Enforcement Torch Run comrades this event is attracting hundreds of people to an otherwise deserted waterhole in the winter. Crowd favorites at this event include a costume contest, musical entertainment, as well as vendor displays and giveaways.

Who? Individuals and teams from businesses and organizations, alongside our athletes and thousands of community members, experience heartwarming and bone chilling extremes as they take the plunge into the icy cold water during the winter for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes!!

Don’t have what it takes? Come watch! If taking an icy dip isn’t for you, then come be a fan of fun as you watch folks Run, Plunge and Freeze for a great cause OR Donate to a Plunger. The Polar Plunge® is open to the public and also features musical entertainment, food, costumes, vendor displays, children’s activities and more. There is no fee to view the Plunge, but donations are always welcomed.

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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!

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day from all of our athletes, partners, coaches, volunteers and staff! We hope you have a great day with the ones you love.

 

Medal Monday

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It’s Medal Monday! You know what to do…share with us your Medal Monday pictures in the comments! Make sure you use #medalmonday!

Polar Plunge

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What is it: The Polar Plunge is one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest fundraisers. Individuals and teams plunge into cold waters for Special Olympics athletes. Join us February 17 in Gonzales or February 24 in Shreveport.

Who can plunge: Anyone! Individuals and teams from businesses and organizations, alongside our athletes experience heartwarming and bone chilling extremes as they take the plunge into the icy cold water during the winter for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes!! All you have to do is raise $50!

Don’t have what it takes: Then come watch the fun or you can donate to a plunger!

Sign up to plunge today!

Unified 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.

USA Games

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The Special Olympics 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will take place July 1-6, around the University of Washington and the Seattle, Washington community. There are nearly 3,500 athletes and 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and delegates from all over the world expected to attend and compete in the 2018 USA Games. About 50,000 family, friends, and spectators are anticipated to attend.

Meet Team Louisiana

Team Louisiana will be a delegation of 129 ( 70 athletes, 27 unified partners, 32 coaches and official delegates) representing Special Olympics Louisiana. Our delegation will compete in the following sports: Athletics (Track & Field), Aquatics (Swimming),  Bocce,  Bowling,  Golf, Powerlifting, Tennis, Unified Basketball, Unified Softball, and Unified Flag Football. Meet the candidates for Team Louisiana’s Delegation.

State Indoor Games

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WHAT: The 2018 Special Olympics Louisiana State Indoor Games.

WHEN & WHERE: March 2-3, 2018 in Baton Rouge, LA SPORTS: Bowling, Basketball, and Tennis

COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Competitions will be held on Saturday, March 3rd

Basketball from 8:00AM to 5:30PM Saturday, March 3rd

Bowling- All Star Lanes from 11:00AM to 3:00PM Saturday, March 3rd

Bowling- Circle Bowl from 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Basketball – Team Automotive Group Sportsplex

Tennis – Independence Park (Indoor & Outdoor Tennis Courts)

REGISTRATION: First Church of the Nazarene 9955 Old Hammond Hwy Baton Rouge, LA 70816

OPENING CEREMONIES: Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday, March 2nd at Team Automotive Group Sportsplex (7122 Perkins Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70808) at 7:00 PM.

HEALTHY ATHLETES: will be held at First Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 (9am-2pm)

VOLUNTEERS: A support staff of more than 1,000 volunteers will work at the Games. They will serve in jobs ranging from coaching, to food preparation, to officiating.

Athlete Spotlight

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NAME Ronnette Rome
HOMETOWN Paradis, LA
SPORTS Bowling
AGE 49
YEARS INVOLVED 35

 Have you ever attended a World or National Games?
 Yes, this Summer in Seattle will be my second USA Games.

Q  Do you have a job?
A Yes, I have been a Walmart greeter for 17 years.
Q  What do you like to do in your spare time?
A  I like to spend time with my sisters. We will go shopping, out to eat, to the movies, get coffee, or go to the park.
Q What was the moment that changed everything for you?
A  When I was diagnosed with cancer.

Tulane Rival Game

DUzcpmsU8AA9muc.pngPlease join us on Saturday, February 3rd at 10:15am for the Second Annual Special Olympics Unified Rivalry Basketball Game between Tulane and LSU! A team of Tulane students and Special Olympics athletes will compete against LSU students and Special Olympics athletes for bragging rights and the coveted Unified Rivalry Cup. The game will take place at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldouse on Tulane’s Uptown campus, right before the Tulane Women’s Basketball Game against South Florida.

You are invited to cheer on the teams and be a “Fan in the Stands.” If we pack the gym, ESPN might come to New Orleans to cover the game. ESPN has served as the Global Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports since 2013, supporting the growth and expansion of this program that empowers individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to engage through the power of sports.

If you have questions or want more information please email us at specialolympicsnola@gmail.com . Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in the gym!

Click here for more information and tickets!

Are You Ready to Take the Plunge?

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What is it: The Polar Plunge is one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest fundraisers. Individuals and teams plunge into cold waters for Special Olympics athletes. Join us February 17 in Gonzales or February 24 in Shreveport.

Who can plunge: Anyone! Individuals and teams from businesses and organizations, alongside our athletes experience heartwarming and bone chilling extremes as they take the plunge into the icy cold water during the winter for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes!! All you have to do is raise $50!

Don’t have what it takes: Then come watch the fun or you can donate to a plunger!

Sign up to plunge today!

Laissez Les Bon Temps Bowlé!

2018 SOL Bowl FlyerWho: 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 10, 2018

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!

Click here to register today!

Monday Is Our Favorite Day!

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You know the drill! It’s Medal Monday and we want to see YOUR Medal pictures. Just post them in the comments below and don’t forget to use #medalmonday!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

sponsorsWith 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.

Support Special Olympics Louisiana With Amazon Smile!

Amazon.com has an initiative called Amazon Smile, which allows you to support your favorite charity with every purchase online. When you go to smile.amazon.com it will ask you to login to your amazon account and then choose your favorite charity organization. If you type in Special Olympics Louisiana and search, a “Special Olympics Louisiana, Inc” will pop up.Once you have selected your charity, it automatically adds it to your profile and EVERY purchase you make sends 0.5% of that purchase to your charity.

Check it out today and support our athletes all year long with a smile! 🙂

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2018 State Indoor Games

020617_sob_008_800_cgIt’s time to get ready for the State Indoor Games! The games will take place on March 2-3 in Baton Rouge, LA. Athletes from across the state will be able to compete in Basketball, Bowling, and Tennis.

Not an athlete and still want to join us? Sign up to be a volunteer!

Congratulations, Glenn!

We would like to congratulate our wonderful office assistant and former SOLA athlete, Glenn! Last week he was presented with an award from Options for 30 years of employment here at Special Olympics Louisiana. We appreciate beyond words how much you do for us! You’re truly a rockstar. Congratulations on thirty years – here’s to many more!IMG-1655

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!

50 for 50!

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2018 is the year of Special Olympics Louisiana’s 50th anniversary. For 50 years Special Olympics Louisiana has been creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. We are asking for donations of $50 for our 50th. Donors who make a gift in the amount of $50 or larger will become a Champion of Change and will receive a 50th Anniversary Member coin.

You may have been a part of our past and now we are asking you to be a part of our future.

Donate here.

Meet Team Louisiana-2018 USA Games

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The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will take place in Seattle, Washington on July 1-6.

Team Louisiana will be a delegation of 129 ( 70 athletes, 27 unified partners, 32 coaches and official delegates) representing Special Olympics Louisiana. Our delegation will compete in the following sports: Athletics (Track & Field), Aquatics (Swimming),  Bocce,  Bowling,  Golf, Powerlifting, Tennis, Unified Basketball, Unified Softball, and Unified Flag Football.

Learn more about Team Louisiana here.

We Need You!

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Our State Indoor Games are March 2-3, 2018 and we need you to help out! Give back to your community and participate in a life changing experience. Events will be held through out Baton Rouge.

Can you lend a helping hand? Sign up to volunteer here!

Running for a Cause

Do you love to run? Or do you walk all day for work or school? Do you love helping to support Special Olympics in a fun way? If you said yes, then Charity Miles is the perfect app for you!

Check out the website here and download the app. It’s available in the app store and on the android market! Make sure you pick Special Olympics as the charity of choice and start running for a cause today!

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It’s Time for Polar Plunge 2018!

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This year, our Polar Plunge will be held on February 17, 2018 (Gonzales) and February 24, 2018 (Shreveport).

Anyone can plunge and the minimum amount to raise is $50. Crowd favorites at this event include a costume contest, musical entertainment, as well as vendor displays and giveaways.

Don’t know if you have what it takes? That’s okay, you can still come and watch the fun or donate to a plunger!

Are you ready? REGISTER HERE

State Indoor Games 2018

This year our State Indoor Games will take place on March 2-3, 2018. This will be an event for all areas. Athletes from across the state will compete in Basketball, Bowling and Tennis. You can sign up today to be a volunteer!

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Celebrating 50 Years!

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Special Olympics Louisiana has been helping athletes with intellectual disabilities showcase their talents since 1968. 2018 marks our 50th anniversary of helping to create a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us in helping change the game!

Special Olympics Louisiana is asking for supporters to donate $50 for our 50th. Your donations and efforts will build inclusive and healthy communities, empower our athletes to become leaders of change, and provide a chance to know the true benefit of sports and athletic competition through participation in the Special Olympics program.

DONATE NOW


Medal Monday

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It’s our first Medal Monday of 2018! You know what to do…share with us your Medal Monday pictures in the comments! Make sure you use #medalmonday!


Happy Friday!

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’.”  – Audrey Hepburn

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January Athlete Spotlight

Chris ThibodeauxNAME: Chris Thibodeaux
HOME TOWN: Lafayette, LA
SPORTS: Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, and Golf
AGE: 23
YEARS INVOLVED: 5

  • Q:  Have you ever attended a World or National Games?
    A: No, but I am attending the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle for the first time next year. I can’t wait!
    Q: What are some interesting things about you?
    A:  I’m a college student, I love to make people laugh, I am very friendly, and I have Autism.
    Q: What is your favorite memory that has happened while you have been with Special Olympics?
    A:  My favorite memory is when I hit the winning home run during the state championship softball game.
    Q: How has Special Olympics Changed your life?
    A: I am more active and confident. I have met a bunch of new people and I even travel more.

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.


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.


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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Unified Champion Schools

The Unified Champion Schools approach incorporates Special Olympics sports and related activities while enhancing the youth experience and empowering them to be change agents in their communities. This requires a shift in current programs and paradigms from a focus on events to committing to a movement advocating for youth as leaders. This programming promotes social inclusion in schools to ensure special education and general education students are equitably engaged. Teachers and students are encouraged to collaborate and create supportive classrooms, activities and opportunities. Students should be encouraged and supported to be agents of change, have opportunities to be leaders, and participate in collaborative school activities. To achieve this, school leaders and educators must foster a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students. A socially inclusive school is a place where no student is excluded because of the degree or type of disability or the services required to meet his/her needs.

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ALEX AND ANI “Be Brave” Bangle Launch

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Happy Friday!

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“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”
-Buddha


Volunteer Needed!

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Give back to your community and participate in a life changing program!
Can you lend a helping hand for our upcoming state competition?

Special Olympics Louisiana needs volunteers for the upcoming 2018 Indoor Games being held March 2, 2018.  For more details and online sign up click here.


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 the store today, feel free to donate online here

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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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Young Athletes

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. 

 

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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