Spread the Word to End the Word Day

 

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Help us Spread the Word to End the Word! We invite you to be a fan of respect and join Special Olympics in an on-going campaign to stop the use of the R-word and pledge #Respect for everyone. Over 500,000 people have pledged their support online since the campaign launched in 2009 and we hope you can join us by making your pledge to end the use of the R-word.

Visit www.r-word.org and take the pledge and pass this email along to all your friends so together we can create communities of acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

SOLA is Participating in GiveNOLA Day!

Hosted on Tuesday, May 3rd by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, GiveNOLA Day is the community’s one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give generously to the nonprofit organizations who make our region a stronger and thriving community for all.

It’s our day to come together as one! Every dollar donated from midnight to midnight on May 3rd will be increased with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and our generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors!

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to support SOLA on May 3rd!

Unified Sports

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Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.  

Young people with disabilities don’t often get a chance to play on their school sports teams, but more and more U.S. states are adopting the unified sports approach that Special Olympics pioneered. For almost 20 years, Special Olympics has offered sport teams that blend people with and without intellectual disabilities, and that is a model that encourages sports and fun, and which also gets people together to learn more about each other. You can learn more about unified sports and get involved with SOLA by clicking here.

Fans in the Stands Needed!

State Indoor Games will be held in Baton Rouge, LA on March 4IMG_0027 3-6th.  Our athletes will compete in basketball, bowling, and tennis and we need your help cheering them on! Opening Ceremonies will be at Team Automotive Sportsplex on March 4th for 7pm. Come out at witness the Parade of Athletes and Flame of Hope and help support and cheer on our hardworking athletes.

Volunteers are still needed for this event!  Click here to register NOW.

We cannot wait to see YOU at State Indoor Games!

Polar Plunge

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Join us at the 2016 Polar Plunge – The official event of Winter! Individuals from all walks of life have committed to raise $50 or more to plunge their hearts out for thousands of Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! So get a thrill from the chill and join us February 27, 2016 in Gonzales or March 12 in Shreveport!

What is it? 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. Crowd favorites at this event include a costume contest, musical entertainment, a gigantic ice sculpture, children’s activities, as well as vendor displays and giveaways.

Who? 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 during the winter for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes!!

Don’t have what it takes? Come watch! If taking an icy dip isn’t for you, then come be a fan of fun as you watch folks Run, Plunge and Freeze for a great cause OR “Donate to a Plunger”. The Polar Plunge is open to the public and there is no fee to view the Plunge, but donations are always welcomed.

REGISTER NOW: http://specialolympicslouisiana.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=528

Capitol Hill Day

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Pictured: SOLA Coach Mike Rhodes, Special Olympics Chairman, Timothy P. Shriver, and SOLA Athlete, Aaron Rhodes

Special Olympics athletes, leaders, and family members from 39 states converged on Capitol Hill yesterday, February 10 for Special Olympics’ 14th annual “Capitol Hill Day.”  Throughout the day, Special Olympics athletes from across the nation held more than 250 face-to-face meetings with their Congressional representatives to advocate for continued federal support for critical health and education services provided by Special Olympics. These services transcend the playing field and transform the lives of athletes and families, bringing inclusion and greater acceptance of all abilities to classrooms across the country and providing essential health care that is otherwise often unavailable due to the lack of trained health care providers and facilities.

Special Olympics self-advocates educated lawmakers and their staffs about the significant consequences that arise from the stigma and stereotypes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities face and how that impacts their lives in the areas of sports, health care, education, and employment. The goal was to effectively convey the high-impact and cost-effectiveness of Special Olympics’ evidence-based programming that addresses these issues, and to secure continued support from legislators.

Special Olympics Louisiana sent staff, SOLA Coach Mike Rhodes, and his son and SOLA athlete, Aaron Rhodes.

“The Special Olympics movement has been a leader in connecting people with intellectual disabilities and encouraging greater understanding and inclusion across the world,” said Mary Davis, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics. “The U.S. Government’s partnership with Special Olympics to support Americans with intellectual disabilities has helped to raise awareness and catalyze support from governments around the globe for people with intellectual disabilities.”

Special Olympics Chairman, Timothy P. Shriver, said “the U.S. Government has been a steadfast champion of the Special Olympics movement which fights against inactivity, injustice, and intolerance of people with intellectual disabilities. We have been successful partners in working to create a unified America through inclusive sports, education and health programs. Together we need to continue working towards ensuring Americans with intellectual disabilities have the same rights, respect, access to services, and opportunities as all other Americans.”