More the Same than Different

Special Olympics International recently wrote on their blog a statistic that surprised us. “While talking about how the human genome was mapped during his presidency, he said he learned at the end that we’re all 99.5% the same. Most of the differences you see between two people are determined by the remaining .5%. Yet, we focus so much on that minute .5% that makes us different from one another instead of the 99.5% that makes us the same. We must help the world recognize that 99.5% in a much bigger way.” Read the full post

Wow! .5% difference. It is mind boggling to think that .5% is what forms stereotypes, obstacles and barriers for those with intellectual disabilities. We encourage you to look deeper and find the similarities in others not the differences.

 

Basketball Clinic

This Wednesday, athletes from two different areas will head to the University of New Orleans for a basketball clinic.  Coach Mark Slessinger and his team will coach our athletes on the fundamentals of basketball, but will also get the chance to play a game against the UNO athletes!  UNO Basketball Team with SOLA Athletes

Athletes that have attended in the past have had a great time and we are expecting another great clinic.

Check back later for pictures and stories.

Thank you, Mom

In partnership with Special Olympics International Board Member Maria Shriver and Special Olympics, P&G has produced a short video entitled “The Gift My Mother Gave Me.” In this video, Maria recalls the most important gift her mother, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, gave her – the gift of possibility.

In addition to being a moving tribute to her remarkable mother, Maria’s video will also help raise funds for Special Olympics. Starting May 3rd, P&G invites you to visit their Thank you, Mom Facebook page at facebook.com/thankyoumom to watch and share this short video. For every share during the month of May, P&G will donate $1 to Special Olympics, up to $50,000.

State Summer Games

We are less than a month away from State Summer Games!  The games will take place May 24th-26th in Hammond, LA on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University.  This is Memorial Day weekend.Special Olympics Louisiana

On Friday, we invite all out for our Opening Ceremonies which will begin at 7:30pm.  However, we will have some festitives before which will start around 6pm.  So gather the family and come out at support Special Olympics Louisiana!

Starting Saturday at 8am, our athletes will compete in Athletes, Bocce, Power Lifting, and Volleyball.  All events are free and open to the public, so come out and cheer on our athletes!

It is not to late to register to volunteer!  Sign up here.