SOLA Flag Football Team on TODAY Show!

This Friday, October 24, at 7:15am CST, tune into the TODAY Show as our flag football team, who recently won the Gold Medal at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games this past June, will be featured in a live spot from New Orleans!  Flag Football winning gold

The weekly segment, called “Together We Make Football,” features stories from around the country.  We are very happy that the TODAY Show chose Special Olympics to feature.  The team was also filmed a few weeks back at the Saints training facility and also at USA Games.

Be sure to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.  If you cannot watch the show live, be sure to set your DVR!

 

Dine Out and Give Back

Slide1

This Wednesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 23, the California Pizza Kitchen on Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge is donating 20% of your purchase to Special Olympics Louisiana!

Print out this flyer and give it to your server, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a great meal while giving back to SOLA! This promotion can be used for dine in, take out, beverages, or even catering!

2014 State Fall Classic Recap

As most of you know, our 2014 State Fall Classic took place thChanning Ewing 2014is past weekend in Carencro, LA.  Close to 400 athletes from all across this state of Louisiana participated in aquatics, horseshoes, and softball!

When asked what his favorite part of the weekend was, Channing Ewing, an athlete from our Northwest Area, stated “I really enjoyed the dance and scaring a few people (Channing dressed as a werewolf to the Halloween themed dance)!!  I also liked the jambalaya that I had for supper Saturday night. I thought the fields, dugouts, and restroom facility were great. They were a major improvement compared to last year.”

Comment with your feedback of the weekend! You can also stay tuned to our website and all of our social media pages for upcoming events in your area!

State Fall Classic Starts Today

Aquatics

It’s finally time! State Fall Classic has arrived!

Over 400 athletes will compete in aquatics, horseshoes, and softball.  Events will take place at Pelican Park in Carencro and the Robicheaux Center in Lafayette.  Also on the agenda is Healthy Athletes, which will provide free health examinations to our athletes, Olympic Town, which will showcase fun Games, and the Victory Dance, which will be a fun time for all of our athletes.  All of these events will take place at Carencro High.

Also, competitions are free and open to the public!  We invite you to come cheer on our athletes as they compete for the Gold, beginning with Opening Ceremonies tonight at 7pm at Pelican Park.  Come out and be a Fan in the Stands!

Click here for  more information. We hope to see you there!

Local Officer to Run Half Marathon for SOLA

Officer Becky White from the Mandeville Police Department will run in the Gulf Coast Half Marathon this Sunday for SOLA!  She will compete in this race in FULL police uniform. Officer Beck White

The race will kick off for 7am this Sunday, October 19th at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, LA and we encourage all of you to go out and support Officer White.  Be sure to stop by the Special Olympics Louisiana booth inside Fontainebleau!

We want to thank Officer White for raising money for our athletes and bringing awareness to our organization!

Read more about the race and Officer White here.

Officer Honored for Work with SOLA

ward

We would like to congratulate Major Ward Webb with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Department for receiving The Merit Award for his dedication and support of Special Olympics Louisiana!

According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office “Major Ward Webb was recognized and given an Award of Merit by Sheriff Wiley.

Major Webb has been involved in Special Olympics and for several years he has dedicated hundreds of hours of his time, both on duty and off duty, to improve the lives of special needs children. Under his guidance the Law Enforcement Torch Run has grown from a handful to scores of participants and the Polar Plunge has grown from grossing just $700 in its first year to bringing in over $54,000 in 2014!

Through Major Ward Webb’s personal efforts the APSO was showcased on an International Level before 1,200 attendees at the International Conference in New Orleans last month and the Award of Merit he received today was earned by his hard work and dedication to a special cause!”

We would like to send a huge hug and many thanks to Major Ward Webb for everything you do for SOLA and the athletes! You deserve it!