As most of you know our 2012 State Fall Classic took place this 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 meeting former NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme. I thought Jake was great honorary coach! He even had a little humor when he mentioned that the officials were NOT replacements!! I really liked Jake because he played for the Saints and the Ragin Cajuns!!! I really enjoyed talking sports with him.”
Please stay tuned to our website and all of our social media pages for upcoming events in your area!
State Fall Classic officially begins today! We are very excited to kick off this event in Carencro, LA. Athletes will be competing in aquatics, horseshoes, and softball. If you would like to volunteer, please come out to Pelican Park and register at the volunteer registration table located inside of the gates.
Opening Ceremonies starts at 6pm and will take place at Pelican Park. We invite everyone to come out and cheer on our athletes as they parade in for the games!
Competition will begin at 8am tomorrow.
Be sure to follow us on Twitter, @SOLouisiana, as we will be tweeting about State Fall Classic! Be sure to use #SOLASFC when tweeting.
SO College is program that partners colleges with Special Olympic athletes. Ultimately, it unites college students to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sports, friendship, advocacy and other activities.
We recently sat down with Samantha McMillan, who oversees SO College for Special Olympics Louisiana to ask her some questions about this great program.
How many colleges in Louisiana are taking part in this program?
“There are three (3) officially recognized colleges in Louisiana and they are, Louisiana State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and McNeese State University.” Why is it important?
“SO College is important because it expands the Project Unify movement, makes young adults aware of our athletes, while teaching understanding of inclusiveness, and promoting respect.” What are the types of events that can take place within SO College?
“Anything to promote inclusiveness, and it does not have to be a competition. Some colleges hold rallies or dances on their campus’ so that people with and without an intellectual disability can participate.”
Special Olympics wants to better engage individuals in the community. The State Fall Classic is this weekend in Carencro, LA. More than likely there will be a few parents, volunteers, coaches and teams in the stand watching the athletes participate. The stands are almost never full. The community doesn’t know about the event even though we send press releases to local papers and take other steps to get the word to the community. How can we overcome this issue and put “Fans in the Stands”? Tell us your opinion!
– Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana
Saw this article on WAFB’s website and thought we would share:
While the LSU football team and Tiger fans have been gearing up for the game against South Carolina all week, one little boy from Baton Rouge has been holding out all summer. Saturday, the Golden Band from Tigerland made 5yr. old Oliver Prats’ lifelong dream come true.
Oliver led the Tigerland Band in the LSU parade! He was a little shy at first, but then absolutely transformed as he lead his heroes through a sea of purple and gold. During the game, he and his parents even got to spend the entire football game sitting in the stands with the band.
Tickets for the Annual $10,000.00 Benefit Raffle and Steak Dinner are now on sale.
John F. Kennedy – Council 2952
1700 North Oak Street, Hammond, LA 70401
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Social Hour 5:00 p.m. – Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Silent Auction items available for bid & Door Prizes will also be available.
Tickets are $100.00 each and entitles the holder to 2 steak dinners and a chance to win one of three prizes! Benefits to go to: Special Olympics Louisiana and other organizations. For tickets contact: April Knopf @ 985-345-6644