Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, everyday around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face.
I just heard another fantastic story of how Special Olympics Louisiana is building self-confidence. The father of one of our athletes told us his son never really talked much and would not look people in the eye. Since he has become involved in Special Olympics, he has changed. He is now talking with people, shaking hands, and looking them in the eye. We are making a difference to those who are in our program, and we need to offer this program to the more than 120,000 of those who have not yet had the chance.
People with special needs are often the most caring of people. They do things without expectations of reward. They do things because it seems right to them. I challenge YOU. Bring a friend who has never been to a Special Olympics event to the next one you attend, talk to someone in your school with special needs that you wouldn’t typically hangout with, sign up now to volunteer, coach, or play unified with us! You can even make a difference by donating today! Join me in celebrating those people with special needs who have true hearts and true spirits. If you would like to help us instill confidence, change attitudes, and get more than you give, contact Special Olympics Louisiana. You can make the difference.
Pat Carpenter Bourgeois
President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana