SOLA Soccer Camp


Hahnville High School senior, McKenzie Hargis, hosted a Special Olympics soccer camp Saturday, November 14th. Athletes came from New Iberia, St. James Parish, St. John Parish, and St. Charles Parish. The day was spent with athletes breaking off into groups by age to help teach them soccer skills. Past and present Hahnville Lady Tigers soccer players, a few young St. Charles soccer league players, and family and friends of McKenzie helped teach dribbling, passing, and shooting to the participants. Various drills were done so they could incorporate their newly learned skills into playing soccer. After all the hard work, a scrimmage was done to show off their new skills in a game format. The camp finished off with lunch of red beans and rice, prepared by Special Olympics volunteers, and an awards presentation. Each athlete received a certificate of participation as well as every volunteer and unified partner. This event would not have been possible without Hahnville High School allowing the use of their great facility to host, and the help of Theresa Theriot of Bayouland Special Olympics and her staff of volunteers. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible!


Black Friday

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

We know a lot of you are getting ready to go Black Friday shopping (or have been shopping all night!), but we wanted to remind you that you can shop for Special Olympics, too!

Alex & Ani will once again bring you the “Power of Unity” bangle that will benefit Special Olympics!  It will be available at and in their stores.  Click here to purchase yours today!

Also, if you visit Finish Line, be sure to mention Special Olympics as fund raised will be donated to Special Olympics from the Finish Line Youth Foundation.

You can also donate to our athletes by visiting our website at

Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge is one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest fundraisers! With the help of our Law Enforcement Torch Run comrades this event is attracting hundreds of people to an otherwise deserted waterhole in the winter season. Individuals from all walks of life have committed to raise $50 and take the plunge for thousands of Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! So sign up today to get a thrill from the chill and join us for our best plunges yet!
Join us Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport or Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Cabela’s in Gonzales!

So, who can participate?
Individuals and teams from businesses and organizations, alongside our athletes and thousands of community members, experience heartwarming and bone chilling extremes as they take the plunge into the icy cold water!

Register NOW!

It is not too late to register for Over the Edge!  The event will take place on Friday, December 4th at Benson Tower in New Orleans.  There is still time for you to register and raise the funds needed to participate.

Join others as you rappel down Benson Tower and then are taken, by helicopter, to engage in SWAT Training!

Too chicken to rappel?  No problem, come out and support the others that will be!

We would also like to thank our generous sponsors for Over the Edge 2015:
– McCranie Sistrunk Anzlemo Hardy McDaniel & Welch, LLC
– Central Casting Louisiana

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Ignite the Change!


I have great news. Special Olympics’ partner FINISH LINE-a leading athletic retailer- is offering an exciting challenge:

Through December 31, 2015, FINISH LINE will match your tax-deductible donation, dollar for dollar, up to a campaign total of $200,000.

This Ignite the Change Matching Fund will double the impact of every dollar you give. That means Special Olympics will be able to do more for our athletes … reach farther to engage new athletes … and show the world more than ever what people with intellectual disabilities can accomplish.

Special Olympics athletes are inspiring. They take our breath away every day with their spirit, strength, resiliency, determination, and enthusiasm. They face daunting obstacles, and they triumph.

Your support of Special Olympics can help ignite life-changing opportunities for athletes in Louisiana and all over the world-especially now, when your donation will have twice the impact.

Now is the time to Ignite the Change! Remember, the chance to double your gift to Special Olympics Louisiana ends December 31, so please make your secure, online contribution today.

Make sure your gift is matched! We cannot match previously made contributions. Please use the links in this email to contribute by December 31st.


Alex & Ani

We are happy to announce that Special Olympics has once again partnered with Alex & Ani to bring you the “Power of Unity” bangle that will benefit Special Olympics!  It will be available at and in their stores.

Alex & Ani will donate to Special Olympics 20% of the purchase price from each Power of Unity Charm.  The bangle design features the Special Olympics symbol which is an expression of how the Special Olympics movement reveals the champion in all of us, inspiring achievement, change, revelation and community in all who connect with Special Olympics.  On the other side of the charm, the Special Olympics Athlete Oath appears, “Let me win.  But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Click here to purchase yours today!

CANCELLED: Camp Shriver Ascension

ATTENTION: Camp Shriver Ascension Cancelled!

We will unfortunately be canceling Camp Shriver Ascension Parish this year. Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-345-6644 with any further questions or concerns. For more information on Camp Shrivers happening across Louisiana in 2016, click here!


NFL Raffle

Win a Trip for 2 to Super Bowl 50 or the Pro Bowl!

$10.00 per ticket could get you a VIP trip and help change the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities across Louisiana!

The 2015 NFL Experience Raffle is the trip of a lifetime! Buy a ticket today to be entered for a chance to win! Call 1-800-345-6644 to purchase.

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