Since yesterday was Thanksgiving, we wanted to know what you are thankful for… Leave us a comment and tell us!
Amazon.com has launched a new initiative called Amazon Smile, which allows you to support your favorite charity with every purchase online. When you go to smile.amazon.com it will ask you to login to your amazon account and then choose your favorite charity organization. If you type in Special Olympics and search, a number of options will pop up including “Special Olympics Inc” and a number of state Programs that you can choose to support.
Once you have selected your charity, it automatically adds it to your profile and EVERY purchase you make sends 0.5% of that purchase to your charity. Just in time for the holidays – check it out today and support our athletes all year long!
The New Orleans Saints Fullback, Jed Collins, has been announced as the Special Olympics Louisiana Ambassador! Jed has been volunteering for Special Olympics for over a year and now has the responsibility of promoting inclusion and respect for athletes with intellectual disabilities. He said, “Being a member of the New Orleans Saints family for the last year has been incredible for me and now getting to be a part of things like this and give back a little bit means even more.” We are very excited to welcome him to our team!
From Friday November 15th, through Tuesday November 19th, athletes, partners, and coaches from around the state, converged on Camp Beauregard to train like champions for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games! Athletes and partners trained in athletics, aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf, and tennis all with the hopes of being selected to represent Louisiana!
A huge thank you to the staff at Camp Beauregard. Their help and dedication the past few days have been tremendous and we are grateful for the use of their facilities! Also, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office, Louisiana State Police, and the Knights of Columbus did an amazing job of cooking for us all weekend and for that we say thank you.
Our team had a great time at the 32nd Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference that was held in Orlando, Florida! We were able to meet with around 1,000 law enforcement and Special Olympics representatives for a weekend of learning, inspiration, and fun. At the conference, the Torch has been passed to us and next year the Law Enforcement Torch Run will be hosted here in Louisiana!
Our partner Finish Line continues to help Special Olympics athletes train year round and stay fit for life. The Finish Line Youth Foundation will donate to Special Olympics up to $1 million collected from customers in over 640 Finish Line stores from November 1 – December 31. Click on the picture to learn more.