Did you know family members of Special Olympics athletes have an important role to play in Special Olympics outreach? Today, thousands of family members of Special Olympics athletes serve as key leaders and sources of support for one another as they attend training, competitions, meetings and other activities together.
The Family Support Network is an organized project whereby Special Olympics Louisiana conducts outreach to families unfamiliar with Special Olympics by developing partnerships with existing community organizations and by training Family Messengers to become leaders and spokespeople for the Special Olympics Louisiana. Family members (Family Messengers) are systematically matched with parents new to Special Olympics who are seeking information and support from a peer.
Family Support Network helps families help each other. With the assistance of similar agencies families have a support system within Special Olympics. Families have the opportunity to mentor, learn and provide resources and emotional support to one another.
The Family Support Network connects Special Olympics families with new families and provides support and information in a critical time of need in the following ways:
- Provides educational, sports and training workshops
- Creates opportunities for family members to become advocates for the Special Olympics movement
- Brings families together to share ideas, issues, and common interests
- Encourages new families to join Special Olympics
- Builds strong communities
If you would like to become part of our family network contact us.
Find out about other family opportunities.
On Thursday, April 28th, at 6:00 pm at the ARC of Rapides (John Eskew Center) 1700 Ashley Avenue , Alexandria La, 71301, there will be a meeting of interested people from schools and various businesses and civic organizations in the area. You will receive information concerning how you or your organization can lend your support to Special Olympics Louisiana. Without your help, many of the Cenla area boys, girls, men, and women will continue to stand on the sidelines.
If you would to attend, please RSVP to Charlie Courville at 1-800-345-6644 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, June 12th, 2016 Special Olympics Louisiana will be hosting our SOL Bowl event at Colonial Bowling Lanes located at 6601 Jefferson Highway in Harahan, Louisiana. It will be celebrities, you, and your crew bowling on a team together! You and your three closest buds, co-workers, or family members will have the opportunity to bowl with local celebrities and show them who the true champion really is. Raffles and auctions will take place with winning items signed by local celebrities, and there also will be tons of great prizes provided by local businesses. SOL Bowl helps change the lives of thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Special Olympics Louisiana. SOL Bowl will be a day packed with great food, music, and company. We hope to see you and your crew there!
Click here to register now!
State Summer Games is right around the corner! May 20-22nd to be exact. The event will kick off on Friday, May 20th inside Southeastern’s Strawberry Stadium at 7:30pm for Opening Ceremonies. We invite all to attend to witness the Flame of Hope and the parade of athletes!
Then on Saturday athletes will compete in athletics, bocce, power lifting, and volleyball. ALL events are free and open to the public. Come cheer on our athletes as they compete!
There are still volunteer opportunities available. Please click here to register.
We can’t wait to see YOU at State Summer Games!
Mark your calendars!
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!
Don’t forget to support SOLA on May 3rd!