Become a Volunteer!

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Special Olympics Louisiana is always in need of volunteers!

Whether you want to become a coach, volunteer in our state office, officiate games, become a medical volunteer, other specialized fields, or just come out for one event a year; we have something for you at Special Olympics Louisiana!

The next event we need YOU for is State Fall Classic! This is an event for Athletes and Unified Partners from across Louisiana competing in Swimming, Horseshoes, and Softball. State Fall Classic is on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st in Carencro, LA! Sign up as a volunteer for today!

You can find more information about volunteering on our website, contact us by email, or call us at 1-800-345-6644.

North Central Area Fall Sports Day

This is an event for the North Central 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.

NOLA Over the Edge 2018

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Join us for NOLA Over the Edge 2018! You can have the experience of a lifetime and donate to Special Olympics Louisiana!

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! This year the event will be held on December 7th and begin at 6 am.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Click here to register today!

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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 15,000 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.

50th Anniversary

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Since 1968, Special Olympics Louisiana has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing the world! Starting in 2018, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us — and Change the Game!

We are asking our supporters to pledge $50 to Special Olympics Louisiana in honor of our 50th Anniversary. You may be a part of our past and now we want you to become a part of our future! 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.

Thank you for celebrating 50 years of joy, courage, and empowerment of people with intellectual disabilities with Special Olympics Louisiana.

Unified Champion Schools

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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.

For more information click here.

 

NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition

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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! This year the event will be held on December 7th and begin at 6 am.

Find more information about NOLA Over the Edge here!

Find our Facebook event page here!

Support SOLA through Amazon Smile

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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!

Volunteers Needed!

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Give back to your community and participate in a life changing program. Sign up to be a volunteer for Special Olympics Louisiana today!

Whether you want to become a coach, volunteer in our state office, officiate games, become a medical volunteer, other specialized fields, or just come out for one event a year; we have something for you at Special Olympics Louisiana!

Call us at 1-800-345-6644 or send us an e-mail.

Bayouland Area Horseshoe & T-Ball

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.

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Exhibit Still Open!

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Join us for the exhibition of “Brave in the Attempt: Special Olympics in Louisiana” at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches.

This exhibition highlights the history of Special Olympics with a focus on the organization’s efforts in Louisiana. The foundation for Special Olympics Louisiana was built at the 1968 Special Olympics Games, held on Soldier’s Field in Chicago. The exhibit opened May 5, 2018 and will be open throughout the year in honor of Special Olympics Louisiana’s 50th Anniversary.

Address: 800 Front St. Natchitoches, 71457 | 318-357-2492
Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thank you, Sponsors!

Mission Partner

Program Partners
    

Platinum Sponsor

              

Law Enforcement Torch Run Sponsors State Games Sponsors
Silver Medal Sponsors
-Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association
Medallion Sponsors
-Valero St. Charles Refinery
-SwimmingPool.com
-Healthy Blue/BlueCross BlueShield
-Smile Generation
Bronze Medal Sponsors
Louisiana Sheriff’s Association
Gold Medal Sponsors
-AT&T
-The Rotary Club of Lafayette South
-The CarMax Foundation
-Voya Financial
Silver Medal Sponsors
-The Fred B. & Ruth B. Zigler Foundation
-Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge
-Smitty’s Supply
-Roseburg Forest Product Company
-Kohl’s
-Dow Chemical
-The Oscar J. Tolmas Trust
-The P&G Fund of The Greater Cincinnati  Foundation
-Mattel, Inc.
-Exxon Mobil/ Exxon Mobil Fund
-Finish Line Youth Foundation
-Pinnacle Financial Strategies
Bronze Medal Sponsors
-Williams Companies
-The Jambalaya Shoppe
-Tangipahoa Tourism

 

State Fall Classic

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State Fall Classic will be held October 20 and 21st this year and hosts aquatics, horseshoes, and softball events. The Aquatics meet is held at the Robichaux Recreation Center in Lafayette, LA and horseshoes and softball tournaments are held in Carencro, LA at Pelican Park.

Volunteers are needed! Click here to sign up!

Find our Facebook event page here!

Knights of Columbus Steak Dinner

The Hammond Knights of Columbus Council 2952 is hosting its 20th Annual Steak Dinner & Benefit Raffle which will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018. This Dinner is their annual fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Louisiana and other local organizations that serve individuals with disabilities.  Tickets are $100.00 (donation) which includes 2 steak dinners and a chance of 4 raffle drawings. Raffle Drawings include two grand prizes of $5,000.00 and two additional drawings of $500.00. 

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Location: John F. Kennedy Council 2952 Home
Time: Social Hour 5:00 pm       Dinner 6:30 pm       Takeout: 5:00 pm

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Bayouland Area Swim Meet

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.

Knights of Columbus Steak Dinner TOMORROW

The Hammond Knights of Columbus Council 2952 is hosting its 20th Annual Steak Dinner & Benefit Raffle which will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018. This Dinner is their annual fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Louisiana and other local organizations that serve individuals with disabilities.  Tickets are $100.00 (donation) which includes 2 steak dinners and a chance of 4 raffle drawings. Raffle Drawings include two grand prizes of $5,000.00 and two additional drawings of $500.00.

For tickets call the Knights of Columbus Hall at 985-542-2952 or Special Olympics Louisiana at 985-345-6644.

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Location: John F. Kennedy Council 2952 Home
​Time: Social Hour 5:00 pm       Dinner 6:30 pm       Takeout: 5:00 pm

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.

Connect With Us!

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Did you know that we are on LinkedIn?   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!

September Athlete Spotlight- Yancy Morris

  • Q:  How did you get involved with Special Olympics?

    A:   I began competing when my girlfriend, who is a Special Olympics Louisiana bowler,  told me about the programs.

  • Q: Are you currently employed?
    A: Yes, I have been working with the Grenier Center for Lafourche Arc in the saw shop for the past 4 years.
    Q: How would your friends describe you?
    A : I am known for my positive attitude, being a team player, and having a kind and caring heart.
    Q:  What are your hobbies?     

    A :  In my free time, I enjoy fishing, hunting, and riding four wheelers.

Charity Miles

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What is Charity Miles?
A free smart phone app, Charity Miles tracks exercise milage while allowing users to raise money for charities. Cyclists earn 10 cents per mile while walkers and runners can earn 25 cents a mile!

How to Use the Charity Miles App:
Compatible for iPhone and Android, users can download the free Charity Miles app from the App Store. Once users log in, they will swipe until they find the Special Olympics logo and then select as charity of choice. Users then select their type of exercise depending if they are walking, running, or cycling, and then click “Start.” After logging exercise mileage, users can post their work out details to Facebook and Twitter to show how much they’ve raised for Special Olympics!

Support Special Olympics athletes every time you run, walk, or cycle by downloading the free Charity Miles app TODAY!

Yancy Morris

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  • q  How did you get involved with Special Olympics?

    a   I began competing when my girlfriend, who is a Special Olympics Louisiana bowler,  told me about the programs.

  • q  Are you currently employed?
    a  Yes, I have been working with the Grenier Center for Lafourche Arc in the saw shop for the past 4 years. 
  • q How do your friends describe you?
    a  I am known for my positive attitude, being a team player, and having a kind and caring heart.
  • q  What are your hobbies?     

    a   In my free time, I enjoy fishing, hunting, and riding four wheelers.

Healthy Athletes

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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.

Find out more information here.

R-Word Campaign

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Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with intellectual disabilities.

The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at www.r-word.org and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Spread the word to END the word! We want YOU to take the pledge in stopping the use of this word.

Click here to take the pledge!

Download the R-Word Brochure

Contact our office to get the official Spread the Word to End the Word Button!

2018 NW Trivia Night

Join us for the 2018 Northwest Area Trivia Night on Saturday, August 25th at Elks Lodge in Shreveport. For more information about this fundraiser please contact Jim Bates.

 

FP Area Trivia Night

This is a fundraiser for the Florida Parishes Area and will be held at the Hammond Police Union Hall in Hammond, LA.  The cost is $25 per person or $200 per table (8 people).  

Sponsorship opportunities are available!  Please contact Charlie Courville at 1-800-345-6644.

Throughout the night you will be inspired as you hear from Special Olympics Louisiana athletes and parents why they believe in the power of our movement. You will be asked to give in a way you believe can offer a higher quality of life for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Florida Parishes Area.    

For more information, call 1-800-345-6644.

Registration Form

Florida Parishes Area Trivia Night!

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The Florida Parishes Area Trivia Night is TONIGHT!

Throughout the night you will be inspired as you hear from Special Olympics Louisiana athletes and parents why they believe in the power of our movement. You will be asked to give in a way you believe can offer a higher quality of life for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Florida Parishes Area.

This is a fundraiser for the Florida Parishes Area and will be held at the Hammond Police Union Hall in Hammond, LA.  The cost is $25 per person or $200 per table (8 people).

For more information call 1-800-345-6644.

Northwest Area Trivia Night!

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The Northwest Area Trivia Night is this Saturday!

Join us for the 2018 Northwest Area Trivia Night on Saturday, August 25th at Elks Lodge in Shreveport. The event begins at 5:30 pm. For more information about this fundraiser please contact Jim Bates.

50th Anniversary

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Since 1968, Special Olympics Louisiana has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing the world! Starting in 2018, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us — and Change the Game!

We are asking our supporters to pledge $50 to Special Olympics Louisiana in honor of our 50th Anniversary. You may be a part of our past and now we want you to become a part of our future! 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.

Thank you for celebrating 50 years of joy, courage, and empowerment of people with intellectual disabilities with Special Olympics Louisiana.

Knights of Columbus Steak Dinner

KofC - EO_3rdDegree_color_en KOCThe Hammond Knights of Columbus Council 2952 is hosting its 20th Annual Steak Dinner & Benefit Raffle which will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018. This Dinner is their annual fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Louisiana and other local organizations that serve individuals with disabilities.  Tickets are $100.00 (donation) which includes 2 steak dinners and a chance of 4 raffle drawings. Raffle Drawings include two grand prizes of $5,000.00 and two additional drawings of $500.00.

For tickets call the Knights of Columbus Hall at 985-542-2952 or Special Olympics Louisiana at 985-345-6644.

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Location: John F. Kennedy Council 2952 Home
​Time: Social Hour 5:00 pm       Dinner 6:30 pm       Takeout: 5:00 pm

BTrinket 3rd Annual Bill Jerome Memorial Swim Meet

The DEADLINE for entries for BTrinket 2 swim meet on August 12, 2018 will be JULY 20, 2018.  Entries received after that date will not be accepted.

This is an event that is open to all aquatics athletes from around the state. Please contact Paula LaCour to sign up.

Logan Dahlquist

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  • q  How would you describe yourself?

    a I am leader and team player. I enjoy seeing others succeed. My heart is big and my desire to make a difference is very important.

  • q  Have you ever attended a World or National Games?
    a  Competing at the USA Games in Seattle, WA was my first time and I am proud of my teammates. We placed 3rd and received bronze medals. 
  • q How did you prepare for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games?
    a  I focused on healthy eating, gym workouts, jogging, practice at batting cages, and throwing.
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  • q  How has Special Olympics changed your life?     

    a Five years ago I joined Special Olympics and really just knew that I loved sports, but the moment that changed my life is when I became friends with this amazing group of people that I now call family. I am blessed to be surrounded by these people who bring the best out in me. Special Olympics is my life.

CA Unified Bowling Tournament

This is an event for the Capital 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.

Camp Shriver Lafayette

Camp Shriver Lafayette will take place Monday, June 18th, through Friday, June 22nd,  from 9am-2pm. This camp will feature athletes and partners from the Evangeline, St. Landry, Acadia, Lafayette, Vermillion, Ibera, St. Martin, and St. Mary Areas. To learn more about Camp Shriver and to register, please speak with your area coordinator.

Camp Shriver Northwest

Camp Shriver Shreveport will take place Tuesday June 12th through Thursday June 14th from 9am-3pm. This camp will feature athletes and partners from the Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Cenla, and Red River Areas. To learn more about Camp Shriver and to register, please speak with your area coordinator.

Camp Shriver Jefferson

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Ree Alario Center

6600 Saints Dr

Metairie, LA 70003

This camp will feature athletes from the Bayouland area. Learn more about Camp Shriver. Please contact your area management team to register.

Iris Woods

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  • q  Have you ever competed in USA Games?

    a No. This will be my first USA Games and I'm so excited to be traveling with my coach and friends!

  • q  What are your favorite hobbies?
    a  My favorite hobbies are listening to music and playing sports. 
  • q What is your favorite thing about Special Olympics?
    a  The highlights of my experiences with Special Olympics include winning races, meeting new people, and traveling.

Camp Shriver Baton Rouge

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June 4-8, 2018
First Church of the Nazarene 
9955 Old Hammond Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70816 

Cops on Donut Shops

Join us on June 1, 2018 which is National Donut Day at your local Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant for Cops on Donut Shops. Our Law Enforcement Torch Run partners will be out at Dunkin’ Donuts locations across Louisiana from 5:00 am – 11:00 am collecting donations to benefit Special Olympics Louisiana. Celebrate National Donut Day while giving back to SOLA!

Tour Laffite

This is a fundraiser for the Southwest Area. Starting at the Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheatre riders will have a choice of 5 routes (62.5 mi, 50 mi, 40mi, 27 mi and 10 mi.) with fully stocked breakpoints along the way. Hundreds of volunteers will make sure your day is safe and enjoyable. Upon returning, enjoy lots of food, music, coca-cola and fellowship. It will be a great time for the entire family. And as always, Tour LaFitte will feature the BIG PRIZE Give-a Way, including road bikes from Specialized and Trek! For more information, click here.

Date: Saturday 5th May 2018
Event Type: Family Fun Ride
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Venue: Lake Charles Civic Center, Bor Du Lac Drive
Registration Opens: 6:00am
Start Time: 7.30am
Entry on Day: Yes, if the event is not sold out.
After Ride Party: 10:00am
Benefits: All proceeds from the ride will we presented to Special Olympics Louisiana- Southwest Area 
Event Rules: By law and for your safety and protection, you must abide by all traffic laws throughout the ride. For your safety, a helmet is required. Please plan accordingly.

 

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