One Year Away from Special Olympics World Games!

Special Olympics World Games will start exactly one year from today in Los Angeles, CA! Over 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 177 countries will participate in the games.  Louisiana is proud to announce that we will be sending three (3) athletes to training camp for Team USA!

We ask that you join in on the celebration this week by joining us on social media to get the world excited for these games…Click here to see what you to do to spread the word!

You can view more info on the Games here.

Throw Back Thursday: SOLA Building

Today’s Throw Back Thursday is of the Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) State Headquarters Building. The top left is a side room in the Hammond State School where our first State Office was held. The top right picture is another building we had. The bottom two pictures are of our current Special Olympics Louisiana State Headquarters in Hammond, LA.

SOLA Building evolution

We Want You

uncle-sam-we-want-you1Are YOU ready to be a part of a great team? A team that will help people in your area and will allow you to contribute to a great organization. If this sounds interesting then Special Olympics Louisiana’s Area Management Team is the place for YOU!

We are searching for professionals with various skill sets to help run the “business” of Special Olympics Louisiana in your area. We are looking to fill these positions immediately: administration, sports & competition, public relations and volunteering. Other positions are available, such as fundraising, family outreach, and training.

You will be helping to provide thousands of people with intellectual disabilities a chance to compete right in your community. Interested? Contact our Outreach Director, Charlie Courville at 1-800-345-6644 or ccourville@laso.org.

Must see Monday: Our New Video

“I am a Special Olympics Athlete”, features, Special Olympics Louisiana athletes, coaches and unified partners coming together for the same message. (Video Produced and Edited by Tuck and Roll Media)

Unspoken Bond

We recently came across an article that features Project UNIFY and wanted to share it with you!  The athlete featured attended the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.

“The two formed an instant bond despite the fact that they had to overcome a major language barrier. “I didn’t know sign language, but through the hallways we gave each other high fives,” recalls Tate…”

Read the full article here.  Learn more about Project UNIFY in Louisiana by clicking here.

2014 State Fall Classic

State Fall Classic will take place October 17-19, 2014 in Carencro, LA.  Nnearly 400 Special Olympics Louisiana athletes who qualified for this event will compete in Aquatics, 2014 SFC FlierHorseshoes, and Softball.  Along with competition, Healthy Athletes and Olympic Town will take place.  All are welcome to attend and cheer on our athletes!

If you would like to volunteer, please click here.

Medal Monday: A Memorable Award

At the recent 2014 USA Games, Special Olympics Louisiana Southwest athlete, Virgilene Cagle won a gold medal in her softball throw division. She was awarded her gold medal by none other than, Special Olympics Chairman of the Board, Doctor Tim Shriver. We love watching Virgilene’s excitement in this video and think it’s perfect for Medal Monday!