Camp Shriver brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities for training and competition each summer. The primary goals are to provide another level of challenge and promote inclusion. Camps take place in many cities throughout Louisiana. Camp Shriver will in many, if not most, cases, help supplement on-going local community school activities. Camp Shriver is, and will continue to be, a place for people with intellectual disabilities to learn new sports skills and improve individual sport performance, participate in individual and team sports, build friendships and have fun with partners who have signed on and trained as camp volunteers. Camp Shriver will be held this upcoming summer on June 6-10, 2016 in Baton Rouge, LA, June 20-12, 2016 in Shreveport, LA, and June 28-30, 2016 in Destrehan, LA. Stay tuned for more information!
The 13th Annual Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge is on March 25-26, 2016 located in Downtown Hammond, Louisiana. On Friday, March 25, the festival hours will be from 4:00 p.m. until 10 p.m. and on Saturday, March 26, the festival hours will be from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Also, on Friday, March 25, Big Al & The Heavyweights will be performing their fun and entertaining music from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. All contests will begin on Saturday, March 26. There will be three BBQ contests including the Miller Lite KCBS Contest, the Walmart Backyard Boogie Contest, and the LAMAR Chicken Little Contest. Judging will begin at 12 noon and each team will be competing for first place with ribs, brisket, chicken, and pork. Set aside from all of the fun, one of the most important aspects of the Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge is that the event raises money for deserving non-profit organizations of Tangipahoa Parish. All proceeds will be going to local charities and Special Olympics Louisiana is one of the 11 beneficiaries. Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge is an event where BBQ lovers and the community can come together as one to have a ton of fun in experiencing great people, great food, and great music. We hope to see you there!
On May 3, 2016, from midnight to midnight, Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) is participating in GiveNOLA Day, which ignites the giving spirit throughout the region. Over 600 nonprofits are competing to raise the most funds in a 24hr time period. SOLA is participating and is very excited about this event. SOLA can even win a $1,000 Rock-Around-the-Clock prize, which are randomly selected each hour and given to any organization that received a donation in that hour. That’s not the only prize being given away! The top fundraiser wins an additional $10,000, second place wins $5,000 and third $3,000. GiveNOLA Day is a way for our community to come together to give as one.
Here’s how you can help:
Each person can make a minimum $10 donation anytime on May 3rd.
Please forward this GiveNOLA Day information out through your personal channels (email and social media).
Like and follow Special Olympics Louisiana on social media and help by sharing, linking, commenting, retweeting, etc. on the day of (May 5th). SOLA will be posting online all day and needs people to help spread the word on May 3rd.
Thank you for your help and support of children and adults with intellectual disabilities across Louisiana.
Abel is a star basketball player who got even better after he started playing Special Olympics Unified Sports. Abel says basketball has inspired him to reach for his dreams: whether it’s playing alongside NBA sports legends at a Unified game greats or taking on the world at Special Olympics World Games or working toward a college degree.