#MSM Rodriques Love runs the 800M in 2 minutes and 28.9 seconds. The top #9 Louisiana Male Athlete in the state, according to the LHSAA, runs the 800M in 2 minutes and 35.07 seconds. Just a little more proof that our athletes are awesome and have outstanding abilities!
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.
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.
Often 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!
Walmart, who is a Special Olympics Louisiana sponsor, recently released the below video about one of their employees, Patrick. Check out the video below and tell us what you think and/or if you know someone who is dedicated like Patrick. Happy Friday!