“Toys”R”Us signing as the first Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games continues their on-going support of our movement,” said Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. “Their vision and leadership in the area of inclusive play will only add to the unity that these National Games will create throughout New Jersey and the nation.” Read the full announcement
The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will take place at sporting venues throughout New Jersey, June 14 through June 21. More than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete in 17 sports. An estimated 10,000 volunteers as well as 50,000 additional spectators will be in attendance. Learn more about the games here.
Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) allow athletes to explore opportunities for participation in roles previously considered “non-traditional.” ALP’s institutes training so that our athletes can be participants in all administrative functions of the organization. Volunteer and Coaches Training sessions are setup throughout the year to train area volunteers to work effectively with athletes to build management and engage in leadership skills in all aspects of Special Olympics. Through ALPs, athletes serve on Boards of Directors or local organizing committees. Athletes excel as spokespersons, team captains, coaches and officials.
Since St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and everyone will be wearing green, take a picture of yourself or family wearing green with a Special Olympics Louisiana logo somewhere in the picture! Then, send it to us by replying to this post no later than Monday, March 19th at 11am. We will put the pictures on Facebook and let our fans decide on the best one. The picture with the most votes wins a prize! Let’s see how creative you all can be!
Since 2007, Special Olympics Louisiana has implemented the SMALL STEPS, BIG LEAPS program which is for children 2 to 7 years old.
Small Steps, Big Leaps (also known as the Young Athlete Program) is a sports play program that introduces children 2 to 7 yrs. old to sports prior to competition for Special Olympics at age eight. It utilizes physical activities to develop fundamental motor tracking & eye-hand coordination play. Children build skills through planned activities on a regular basis and apply these skills in preparation for later competition. Special Olympics Louisiana has interactive kits and resource guides available for those that are interested.
As most of you know, Ms. Loretta Claiborne joined us at State Indoor Games this past weekend in Baton Rouge, LA. This picture below was taken at our Tennis Tournament at Independence Park. In the picture you can see her placing a medal on our athlete… You know the saying, “a picture is worth a 1,000 words,” well give us some words that will describe this picture. Ready. Set. GO!
We have a couple of Weight Loss Wednesday stories to update you on…
1. Johnathan Sanders, the athlete from Plaquemines Parish who originally weighed in at 380 pounds now weighs 270 pounds and is trying to lose more weight. The YMCA in Belle Chasse heard about Johnathan’s story and gave him a year membership to the gym! On top of that when he went to pick up the membership the YMCA gave his whole family a year membership to the gym! Thank you to the Y in Belle Chasse for your generosity.
2. Virgil Atkinson, the athlete from Livingston Parish has lost a total of 13 pounds and is back on track to lose weight after strong words of encouragement from loved ones and friends recently.
3. Special Olympics athlete Brian Stearn has lost 108 pounds! Stay tuned next week for his story and pictures…