Changing Perceptions

CEO CornerI meet people every day, some know a lot about Special Olympics and some know very little. I started to think about those who are unfamiliar with Special Olympics…what are their preconceived notions as to who we are and what we do? I believe education helps, and I certainly believe introducing our athletes to those who have never been exposed to Special Olympics is a powerful educational tool, but what else? What else can we do to change people’s perceptions of our organization and our athletes?

– Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana

Building Teams

As summertime approaches, that old familiar feeling has set in, hasn’t it?  We’re not talking about the 90+ degree heat or the mosquitoes , we are talking about that feeling of wanting to get out and do something.  Old man winter has went away for a few months and its time to go back outside and enjoy this time of year.

Why not get more involved with Special Olympics Louisiana this summer?!  We know, we know, it’s a great idea!  There are a bunch of ways to get involved: games, fundraisers, donations, you can even come Volunteer at our state office in Hammond… But, we are talking more specifically right now.  We want YOU to get involved with our Area Management Teams.  Yes, this is more that just a summer gig, but what better time to get started than now?

We are searching the entire state of Louisiana for people to be part of these teams!   You can read the press release to learn more. If you have any questions, please call our office at 1-800-345-6644.

So, what are you waiting for?  Put the remote down and get involved with Special Olympics Louisiana.  We’ll see YOU soon!


On Memorial Day

To all of the men and women who have served our great country over the years, we say thank you for your service!  Without you, our athletes would not have the opportunity to compete on a daily basis.  A lot of you also participate in our Law Enforcement National Guard and Special Olympics LA athletesTorch Run… this is another way that you help our athletes strive to be their best.

Many branches of the military do a tremendous job of helping our athletes.  From moving and hauling equipment, Volunteering, and even just taking pictures for our athletes, these men and women are big supporters of SOLA!

To all branches of the Military, THANK YOU, we pay tribute to you on this Memorial Day 2012!

Summer Games Wrap Up

State Summer Games is officially over…the weather was beautiful, the smiles were contagious and the energy was up!  Over all we awarded, 441 Gold Medals, 340 Silver Medals, 251 Bronze Medals, 161 4th Place Ribbons, 57 5th Place Ribbons, 12 6th Place Ribbons and 1 7th Place Ribbons.

We want to thank all the athletes, coaches, families, officials and volunteers that made this past weekend possible. Big thanks goes to Mrs. Rosa Dunn, Mistress of Ceremonies, New Orleans Saints Jed Collins, Honorary Coach and all the other dignitaries that came to cheer on our athletes. Of course, this event would not have been possible without financial support from our State Games Sponsors:
Mission Partners: Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run and the  Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism
Program Partner: Walmart
Platinum Sponsor: Knights of Columbus
Medallion Sponsors: Lafayette Rotary Club South and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
Gold Medal Sponsor: Smitty Supply, Inc.
Silver Sponsors: MidSouth Bank and Procter & Gamble Distributing Company
Bronze Sponsors: Hood Northlake Chevrolet- Drive It Forward Campaign, Huntington Ingalls Industries, The Fred B. and Ruth B. Zigler Foundation, W & T Offshore, and
New Orleans Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run
2012 SSG Sunglasses with LaGrange Group

Click the picture to see more from the games

Now we move on to Camp Shriver’s and Fall Classic

Do you have what it takes to pull a Fire Truck?

Do you and 9 of your friends have what it takes to pull a Fire Truck? Test your skills at the Fire Truck Pull on June 16th at Fontainebleau State Park.

Prizes will be awarded for the Fastest Team, Slowest Team, Best Dressed, Most Money Raised and Most Spirited! Get your team together, register and start practicing today!

Fire Truck Pull Video

Click the picture above to watch the video

Go to the Fire Truck Pull website for more information

2012 State Summer Games Video

View our Picture Video from the recent 2012 State Summer Games!

Trip Advisor 2012SSG video photo







To see all the photos, visit our Facebook photo album

State Summer Games athlete viewpoint

CHanning and other NW Volleyball players

Channing (far left)

Here are a few words from Northwest Area athlete, Channing Ewing about State Summer Games this past weekend.

“I had a blast this year!! I really enjoyed meeting Jed Collins of the New Orleans Saints at the opening ceremonies. The jazz band at the opening ceremonies were amazing. They reminded me of new Orleans. I had a lot of fun playing volleyball with my unified partners. They were awesome!!! I learned so much from them!! I also loved Olympic town and enjoyed meeting the Southeastern Louisiana University Football and Baseball players. As usual, the dance was a blast!!!”

Athlete Leadership Council- Northwest Representative

2012 State Summer Games has arrived!

The 2012 Special Olympics Louisiana State Summer Games have finally arrived! Close to 700 athletes, 150 coaches and hundreds of volunteers will be present for the weekends festivities. To see all the events taking place, view the fact sheet below or the Master Schedule of Events. All events are free and open to the public! We encourage everyone to come by and cheer the athletes on. Bring the family and spend a few hours volunteering. Walk on volunteers are more than welcome!

– 2012 State Summer Games Fact Sheet
– Map layout of the State Summer Games
– 2012 State Summer Games Master Schedule of Events

Also, be sure to check us out on Social Media during the games: #SOLASG or @SOLouisiana