Special Olympics MA is on their Game!

Special Olympics Massachusetts created an inspiring PSA called “Let me win”. They used portraits of their athletes taken by Len Rubenstein in 2012 and Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s 1968 opening ceremony speech to generate this striking video about Special Olympics.  image1093254Watch it Now!



Loretta Claiborne Still Inspires

Loretta Claiborne has run 26 marathons.  She is the 1996 recipient of ESPN’s Arthur Ashe award for courage.  She is a Special Olympics Athlete!

Loretta Claiborne’s story, though at times rocky, is a great one.  Frank Bodani of the Daily Record, does a wonderful job telling Ms. Claiborne’s story.  Click here to read the full article.

Loretta Claiborne speaking at SOLA's 2012 State Indoor Games

MLS Partners with Special Olympics!

Major League Soccer has announced their support and partnership with Special Olympics! This partnership will leverage the strength of Major League Soccer to promote awareness, respect, inclusion and acceptance of Special Olympics athletes.

40503_466089540459_532275459_7016462_2819070_nIn addition to bringing soccer to more athletes with intellectual disabilities, this partnership offers an exchange program for Special Olympics Unified Sports soccer teams. The exchange program provides Special Olympics athletes with top-level training and competitive experiences, and allows MLS fans the opportunity to see the talents and abilities of Special Olympics soccer players.

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SOLA Athletes Play Ball

This past weekend was jam packed with fun activities for us!  On Friday, athletes from the Baton Rouge area were treated to a LSU volleyball game inside the PMAC.  During halftime of the game, our athletes took the court to play a unLSU Volleyball with SOLA Athletesified game with the LSU sand volleyball team!

Then, on Saturday, the Southeastern Football team hosted a flag football clinic!  Athletes were put through different drills including, passing, agility, running, and kicking drills.  After, they were given a facility tour of the football operations SLU Football with SOLA Athletebuilding and were shown a hype video in the team film room.  To cap off the day, minutes before kickoff, our athletes took the field in Strawberry Stadium to play a unified football game!

A huge THANK YOU to both the LSU volleyball staff and the Southeastern football staff for showing our athletes a great time!  #GeauxTigers and #LionUp


SOLA Athletes team up with the Tigers

Tonight at the Maravich Center, the Tiger Volleyball team is taking on Missouri! Special Olympics athletes will be there, so come cheer them on between sets! The game starts at 7pm and admission is FREE! Let’s Geaux Tigers!

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Six Years with Project Unify!

Project Unify has now been around for six years with Special Olympics. Project Unify is a program based on inclusion in school communities as well as social and sport environments. This year we are trying to commit 120 schools to participate in more inclusive activities such as: more Spread the Word to End the Word Campaigns, finding more Youth LeadeDSC_2933rs, and having new Unified Sports. Right now we have five Special Olympics colleges and are trying to connect our community with more colleges across Louisiana. We are excited to see what this year has to offer!

 Read more about Project Unify!


Unexpected Friends

A little boy named Hernán takes his time getting acquainted with the world’s gentlest dog. Hernán has Down Syndrome and is usually very shy when it comes to physical contact. When he met a dog named Himalaya, he acted no different. He was hesitant to play with her, but Himalaya did not give up. She was very patient, and consistently tried to get Hernán’s attention. After a few minutes, Hernán warmed up and gave her a big hug!

To watch the video click here!


Princeton University Celebrates 267 Years!

Today, Princeton University is celebrating 267 years since receiving its charter back in 1746! Princeton prides itself as being a community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations. Next Summer, the Special Olympics USA Games will be held on Princeton’s campus. Special Olympics Louisiana will be sending a delegation of 101 athletes to compete and in a few weeks, there will be a Training Camp to determine the final delegation. Congratulations, Princeton!



Fall Classic was a HIT

2013 Fall Classic Lori Burr

Lori Burr (on the right) lit the “Flame of Hope” at this weekends Fall Classic. Here she poses with her unified partner after winning gold this weekend!

This past weekend in Carencro, LA we had close to 400 athletes participate in aquatics, horseshoes and softball. It was a great weekend with lots of highlights! Friday night included: Chuck Childress from 106.7FM served as Master of Ceremonies, Maria Placer, Executive Director 232-HELP/ LA211 was Honorary Chair, Honorary Coach was Tony Robichaux, ULL Head Baseball Coach and the Grand Marshal was John Boudreaux, State Deputy-Knights of Columbus. Lighting the “Flame of Hope” was Special Olympics Louisiana Southwest athlete Lori Burr (pictured on the right alongside her unified partner). On Saturday, the athletes enjoyed participating in Olympic Town and Healthy Athletes. Several of our young athletes (ages 2 – 7) enjoyed the Healthy Athletes venues as well. To top it all off they enjoyed a victory dance on Saturday night!


A Cheerleader with Down Syndrome Inspires Katy Perry!

Verrado High School in Arizona was named a finalist in Katy Perry’s Roar contest! This contest was supposed to show real school spirit, allowing for students to come together to have their voices heard and to roar. Their video was inspired by Megan Squire, a senior with Down Syndrome who followed her dream of becoming a Cheerleader. Clayton Mueller, a classmate of Megan’s, decided to share her story with the world. The video showed her journey to achieving her dream and expressed the power of inclusion. Katy Perry was so inspired by her story that even though Verrado High School was not the contest winner, she offered Megan a special prize of her own. Katy invited Megan and her friends to accompany her at an event where she will be singing and said she wants to hear Megan’s roar in person!

Watch the video to learn more!