CEO Corner- Joy of Sport

CEO CornerSpecial Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, everyday around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face.

I just heard another fantastic story of how Special Olympics Louisiana is building self-confidence. The father of one of our athletes told us his son never really talked much and would not look people in the eye. Since he has become involved in Special Olympics, he has changed. He is now talking with people, shaking hands, and looking them in the eye.  We are making a difference to those who are in our program, and we need to offer this program to the more than 120,000 of those who have not yet had the chance.

People with special needs are often the most caring of people. They do things without expectations of reward. They do things because it seems right to them. I challenge YOU. Bring a friend who has never been to a Special Olympics event to the next one you attend, talk to someone in your school with special needs that you wouldn’t typically hangout with, sign up now to volunteer, coach, or play unified with us! You can even make a difference by donating today! Join me in celebrating those people with special needs who have true hearts and true spirits. If you would like to help us instill confidence, change attitudes, and get more than you give, contact Special Olympics Louisiana. You can make the difference.

Pat Carpenter Bourgeois
President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana

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SO Programs Collaborate

Special Olympics Mississippi (SOMS) and Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) gathered on Tuesday, December 16th to share information and exchange ideas.  SOMS and SOLA staff had an informative day of brainstorming , team building,  and forming relationships. Both programs collaborated on ways to launch Special Olympics to the next level in their area. attachment

The Joy of Sport

Everyone deserves a chance at a happy and purposeful life. Yet people with intellectual disabilities face doubt, barriers, and low expectations. For many, Special Olympics is the only place where they feel like champions. Help us reach out to one more person who wants to participate. Make your year-end donation today. Thank you!

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NFL Raffle Drawing is This Friday!

This Friday at 9:00am CST, live on the “Johnny in the Morning Show” on Tangi 96.5, we will draw the winning ticket for the NFL Raffle!  2015 NFL Raffle

The lucky winner will receive:

  • Round trip airfare to Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • A 4 day/3 night hotel stay.
  • Invitation to the pre-game VIP hospitality party.
  • Upper level end zone/ corner game tickets.

There is still time to purchase your tickets, but hurry, tickets must be purchased by THIS Thursday!  Call 1-800-345-6644 to get your tickets today.

More info here.

Upcoming Events in 2015!

As we draw near the end of 2014, we want you to get excited for 2015!  Our events calendar is starting to fill up with competitions and fundraisers for next year.  We encourage to check out the calendar to see what is coming up.  Calendar

Along with area and state competitions, we will also be sending a delegation to Special Olympics World Games in July!  To see how you can support this, please click here.