Encouraging the Best

CEO CornerIt would be interesting to know how you challenge or encourage your spouse, your child, your friends, to become the best person they can be. How do you encourage them to excel? To be better tomorrow than they are today?  Give us your thoughts.

Pat Carpenter Bourgeois
President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana

His moment in time

What a difference one decision made. Coach Morales made one decision regarding Mitchell Marcus and the sportsmanship that was seen afterwards is truly heart warming.

See the video below from CBS News or read the article here

It is almost GAME TIME!

We are only a week and a half away from State Indoor Games!  Our athletes have been training for weeks now and are ready to converge on Baton Rouge and compete.  Our best bowlers, basketball players, and tennis players, will compete on March 8-10.2013 SIG Volunteer Flyer

Before the competition starts on Saturday, March 9th at 8am, we will host our Opening Ceremonies on the LSU Parade Ground for 7pm.  We invite all to come out and cheer on our athletes!

Want to volunteer?  There is still time!  Simply click here and register today.  Spots are filling fast, so be sure to register now…


Polar Plunge this Saturday!

This Saturday, March 2nd, we will host 3 Polar Plunges across the state. There will be one in Gonzales, Lake Charles, and Shreveport.

Polar Plunge

Are you crazy enough to jump in a freezing cold lake while raising money for Special Olympics Louisiana?! There is still time to register…You can do so here!

Check out our YouTube video on Polar Plunge.

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Shiver Sponsor:

Arctic Sponsor: Yokem Toyota
Freezin’ Sponsors: New Covenant Realty, Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Calcasieu Parish & McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana
Media Partners:      

Steven Tookes and 2013 NBA All-Star Game

Local Special Olympics Louisiana athlete, Steven Tookes recently played in the Special Olympics and NBA Unified Basketball Game. Steven was a standout scoring 17 points out of the teams total of 55! Read the full release

Watch Steven’s interview after the game below.

Spread the Word to End the Word

R-Word“Everyone has a gift and the world would be better off if we recognized it.” – Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics.

March 6th is our Annual Spread the Word to End the Word Day. This is our national day of awareness to eradicate the use of the word “retard” from everyday language. Stand up for dignity and acceptance by taking the pledge! See why you should pledge HERE

Opening Ceremonies

At each of our state events we hold an Opening Ceremony.  This is where our athletes and delegations are introduced and the Games are declared open.  Another fun part of this event is the lighting of the cauldron.  Athletes and Law Enforcement deliver the torch into Opening Ceremonies and light the Flame of Hope.Flame

Have you ever attended one of our Opening Ceremonies?  If so, comment and tell us about your experience…  What did you like most about the evening?

On March 8th, State Indoor Games- Opening Ceremonies will be held on the LSU Parade Ground for 7pm.  We invite all to attend and take part in the inspiring event.

Hope to see you there!

Not the information age for people with ID

This below is an excerpt that was taken from Special Olympics, Inc. blog post Intellectual Disabilities, Global Poverty and Isolation.

It speaks of how the world knows so much information on numerous populations and statistics on almost every thing we do. However, as with many other things, people with intellectual disabilities are neglected.

“how many people are there, living in developing countries, and around the world, who are both poor, and have intellectual disabilities? The answer is going to shock you, as it does me. The answer is: We do not know. No one in the world knows. We live in the information age, where people complain of TMI – too much information. Yet we have a scarcity of data on intellectual disabilities and poverty.” Read the full post and see what you can do to help

Dreaming of Loretta Claiborne

Recently, one of Special Olympics most famous faces, Loretta ClaibornLaney Langee, visited Dodson Elementary in New Iberia, LA.  She was there to talk about her life, her struggles, and her successes.

A few weeks later a student at Dodson, Laney Lange, wrote a story about Loretta.  But it wasn’t just any story.  She had a dream that she was Loretta Claiborne!  She dreamed that she was at her school as Loretta and everyone was welcoming her.

This story was very inspiring and representatives from Special Olympics International even took part and read Laney’s story!

Read Laney’s story here.