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!


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. 

        
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    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?
     
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    My mom. 

     

     

     

       
     

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


NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition

Whether you are fearless or looking to overcome your fears, NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition is the challenge for you!  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!

Register now!

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!

V32A4297 copyHave a fear of heights that you wish to conquer or are you a thrill seeker? Then come join us on December 1, 2017 and go Over the Edge! Participants will get to rappel down 25 stories on the side of Benson Tower in New Orleans, ride in a helicopter, and S.W.A.T. train at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s training facility.

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!


USA Games Camp (***INVITATION ONLY***)

The Sports Camp will be conducted for all camp-selected athletes and Unified Partners. You may attend this camp only if you recieved a letter or confirmation from the state office that you were selected. This camp is used to determine who will represent Team Louisiana in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. The athletes, Unified Partners, and coaches will be put through a simulation of what it takes to make it through a USA Games.   Please click on the following links for more information on the camp:

Camp Fact Sheet

Camp Checklist

All camp attendees much complete the following forms and have them turned in to the state office as soon as possible:

USA Games Medical Form

USA Games Athlete Registration Form

USA Games Consent Form

USA Games Coach/Unified Partner Registration Form

USA Games Camp (***INVITATION ONLY***)

The Sports Camp will be conducted for all camp-selected athletes and Unified Partners. You may attend this camp only if you recieved a letter or confirmation from the state office that you were selected. This camp is used to determine who will represent Team Louisiana in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. The athletes, Unified Partners, and coaches will be put through a simulation of what it takes to make it through a USA Games.   Please click on the following links for more information on the camp:

Camp Fact Sheet

Camp Checklist

All camp attendees much complete the following forms and have them turned in to the state office as soon as possible:

USA Games Medical Form

USA Games Athlete Registration Form

USA Games Consent Form

USA Games Coach/Unified Partner Registration Form

USA Games Camp (***INVITATION ONLY***)

The Sports Camp will be conducted for all camp-selected athletes and Unified Partners. You may attend this camp only if you recieved a letter or confirmation from the state office that you were selected. This camp is used to determine who will represent Team Louisiana in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. The athletes, Unified Partners, and coaches will be put through a simulation of what it takes to make it through a USA Games.   Please click on the following links for more information on the camp:

Camp Fact Sheet

Camp Checklist

All camp attendees much complete the following forms and have them turned in to the state office as soon as possible:

USA Games Medical Form

USA Games Athlete Registration Form

USA Games Consent Form

USA Games Coach/Unified Partner Registration Form

2017 Fire Truck Pull

Saturday, November 18, 2017
JUBAN CROSSING MALL
(Juban Road North of I-12 in the parking lot of the Old Kohl’s Building)

You and nine of your friends on a team will pull a fire truck across the finish line for the fastest time of two pulls.  Cost is $25 per person for a donation of $250 per team. Team Sponsor donations are welcome. 

Registration begins at 8:30 am & Pulls to start at 9:00 am

For more information or registration forms contact:
Robert Ballard-225-936-4471 / Email: rbeagle83@cox.net
Mary Ballard –225-572-0560 / Email: mewzikmama@cox.net

USA Games Camp (***INVITATION ONLY***)

The Sports Camp will be conducted for all camp-selected athletes and Unified Partners. You may attend this camp only if you recieved a letter or confirmation from the state office that you were selected. This camp is used to determine who will represent Team Louisiana in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. The athletes, Unified Partners, and coaches will be put through a simulation of what it takes to make it through a USA Games.   Please click on the following links for more information on the camp:

Camp Fact Sheet

Camp Checklist

All camp attendees much complete the following forms and have them turned in to the state office as soon as possible:

USA Games Medical Form

USA Games Athlete Registration Form

USA Games Consent Form

USA Games Coach/Unified Partner Registration Form

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.”


USA Games Camp (***INVITATION ONLY***)

The Sports Camp will be conducted for all camp-selected athletes and Unified Partners. You may attend this camp only if you recieved a letter or confirmation from the state office that you were selected. This camp is used to determine who will represent Team Louisiana in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. The athletes, Unified Partners, and coaches will be put through a simulation of what it takes to make it through a USA Games.   Please click on the following links for more information on the camp:

Camp Fact Sheet

Camp Checklist

All camp attendees much complete the following forms and have them turned in to the state office as soon as possible:

USA Games Medical Form

USA Games Athlete Registration Form

USA Games Consent Form

USA Games Coach/Unified Partner Registration Form

Northeast Area Fall Sports Day

This is an event for the Northeast area. Junior High and High School aged male and female athletes from the area will compete in Unified Flag Football, Unified Bocce, and Horseshoes. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

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.”


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