City Officials Support Team Louisiana

The Mayors from Baker, Covington, Crowley, Hammond, Minden, and New Iberia recently came together to film a short PSA to promote Team Louisiana as they gear up to head to New Jersey this June.  Check out the video below.  You can help Team Louisiana get to New Jersey by clicking here.

Breaking Barriers since 1968

We read a recent article about Special Olympics Virginia athlete Erica Bookout. Her story is truly inspiring and we are proud to be part of a movement that enables athletes to reach for their goals. Their goals, not the goals of others who often tell them they can’t or they shouldn’t. Special Olympics empowers athletes to achieve beyond what many think they are capable of. Erica is an athlete, a high school graduate, and soon to have a college degree in Special Education. Read the full story

This week we also heard that local athlete Alton Smith was cleared by doctor’s to no longer need braces on his legs. This is tremendous news, as Alton was originally told he would be unable to walk several years ago. Special Olympics Louisiana taught Alton and his parents strength building techniques and ways to modify “typical” sports to fit Alton’s needs. Just this week, Alton bought his first pair of New Balance tennis shoes! We are so proud of the major milestones and accomplishments these athletes have achieved.

Standing Ovation

Recently, our very own Unified Special Olympics Louisiana Cheer Team, competed in an exhibition at Southeastern Louisiana University.  Our athletes and partners did a tremendous job and received a standing ovation after their routine!  Check out the picture below.  Leave a comment of congrats for the team.

SOLA Cheer

 

Everyone across Louisiana

Camp Shriver Unified partnersOften times people think Special Olympics Louisiana is a one time sporting event for those with intellectual disabilities….however, we are MUCH more than that. This year alone we will host close to 100 competitions in various areas of Louisiana. We are not only for those with intellectual disabilities (our athletes) but we are for EVERYONE. Family members, coworkers, community members, etc. can be unified partners, coaches, volunteers, etc. No matter what the age, race, gender, etc. we have a spot for you! Don’t know where to start? Start here, you won’t regret it!

A Royal Celebration

Special Olympics Great Britain Gymnastics Coach Jane Whetnall has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)  for outstanding service to the disability sport community. The MBE is awarded for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community or for local ‘hands-on’ service which stands out as an example to other people.

She remarks, “I was especially thrilled that it was Prince William who presented the MBE. He talked to me about disability sport and the fact I would be taking the Great Britain Special Olympics Rhythmic Gymnastic team to LA 2015.” Read the full story on Special Olympics Great Britain’s website

Moving in the right direction

R-Word editedLast week, the Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously voted to remove the R-word (retard) from its government documents and legislation. It is now before the Louisiana Senate. Woo Hoo! This is a step in the right direction, we have our fingers crossed that this will get passed as we are only one of six states that still have this word in our laws.

To learn more about the r-word, click here