Cops on Donut Shops TOMORROW!

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Join us TOMORROW which is National Donut Day at your local Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant for Cops on Donut Shops. Our Law Enforcement Torch Run partners will be out at Dunkin’ Donuts locations across Louisiana from 5:00 am – 11:00 am collecting donations to benefit Special Olympics Louisiana. Celebrate National Donut Day while giving back to SOLA!

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USA Games

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The Special Olympics 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will take place July 1-6, around the University of Washington and the Seattle, Washington community. There are nearly 3,500 athletes and 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and delegates from all over the world expected to attend and compete in the 2018 USA Games. About 50,000 family, friends, and spectators are anticipated to attend.

Meet Team Louisiana

Team Louisiana will be a delegation of 129 ( 70 athletes, 27 unified partners, 32 coaches and official delegates) representing Special Olympics Louisiana. Our delegation will compete in the following sports: Athletics (Track & Field), Aquatics (Swimming),  Bocce,  Bowling,  Golf, Powerlifting, Tennis, Unified Basketball, Unified Softball, and Unified Flag Football. Meet the candidates for Team Louisiana’s Delegation and help us reach our fundraising goal to send them!

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

With the aid of our amazing sponsors, no costs are imposed on Special Olympics Louisiana athletes or their families! To continue to operate in this manner, Special Olympics Louisiana depends upon the cash and in-kind donations of our many generous sponsors and donors to fund its year-round program, parish, area and statewide. We would like to extend special thanks to our sponsors.

Mission Partner

Program Partners
    

Platinum Sponsor

              

Law Enforcement Torch Run Sponsors State Games Sponsors
Silver Medal Sponsors
-Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association
Medallion Sponsors
-Valero St. Charles Refinery
-SwimmingPool.com
-Healthy Blue/BlueCross BlueShield
-Smile Generation
Bronze Medal Sponsors
Louisiana Sheriff’s Association
Gold Medal Sponsors
-AT&T
-The Rotary Club of Lafayette South
-The CarMax Foundation
-Voya Financial
  Silver Medal Sponsors
-The Fred B. & Ruth B. Zigler Foundation
-Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge
-Smitty’s Supply
-Roseburg Forest Product Company
-Kohl’s
-Dow Chemical
-The Oscar J. Tolmas Trust
-The P&G Fund of The Greater Cincinnati  Foundation
-Mattel, Inc.
-Exxon Mobil/ Exxon Mobil Fund
-Finish Line Youth Foundation
-Pinnacle Financial Strategies
 

 

 

Bronze Medal Sponsors
-Williams Companies
-The Jambalaya Shoppe
-Tangipahoa Tourism

Become a Coach!

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Was there a mentor, teacher or coach who made a difference in your life? The one who gave you the courage and determination to strive to be your best? The one who helped shape both your performance and your character? You can be that important person in someone else’s life.

Coaches teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches are role models and character-builders. Special Olympics coaches go even further — they help athletes find their own strengths and abilities. They also show them how to build upon those strengths and improve every day.

As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition. You will enrich the lives of our athletes in many life-changing ways. The skills and confidence an athlete learns through sports have a long and lasting effect.

Contact us at 800.345.6644 or laso@laso.org for more information on how you can make a difference.

Camp Shriver

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 Camp Shriver is back again this summer! Join us at one of the camps listed below!
Camp Shriver Baton Rouge
June 4-8, 2018
First Church of the Nazerene
9955 Old Hammond Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70816.

Camp Shriver Jefferson
June 6-8
Ree Alario Center
6900 Saints Dr
Metairie, LA 70003
This camp will feature athletes from the Bayouland area. Learn more about Camp Shriver. Please contact your area management team to register.

Camp Shriver Northwest
Princess Park (Shreveport, LA)
Camp Shriver Shreveport will take place Tuesday June 12th through Thursday June 14th from 9am-3pm. This camp will feature athletes and partners from the Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Cenla, and Red River Areas. To learn more about Camp Shriver and to register, please speak with your area coordinator.

Camp Shriver Lafayette
Heymann Recreational Center (Lafayette, LA)

Camp Shriver Lafayette will take place Monday, June 18th, through Friday, June 22nd,  from 9am-2pm. This camp will feature athletes and partners from the Evangeline, St. Landry, Acadia, Lafayette, Vermillion, Ibera, St. Martin, and St. Mary Areas. To learn more about Camp Shriver and to register, please speak with your area coordinator.

To learn more about Camp Shriver and to register, please click here.

50th Anniversary

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50 Years of Empowerment

Since 1968, Special Olympics Louisiana has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing the world! Starting in 2018, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us — and Change the Game!

We are asking our supporters to pledge $50 to Special Olympics Louisiana in honor of our 50th Anniversary. You may be a part of our past and now we want you to become part of our future! Your donations and efforts will build inclusive and healthy communities, empower our athletes to become leaders of change, and provide a chance to know the true benefit of sports and athletic competition through participation in the Special Olympics program. Special Olympics Louisiana is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 72-0706608, 501(c) (3) organization, incorporated in the State of Louisiana.

Our 50th Anniversary gives us an opportunity to remember YOU in 50 years!

Donors who make a gift in the amount of $50 will become a Champion of Change and will receive a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Package.  The package will include a thank you from an athlete, a commemorative coin, and a letter for tax purposes.  We will also include the names of the $50 donors in a time capsule.  The capsule ceremony will take place at our 50th Anniversary celebration on June 21st, 2018.

We have also added an additional option for those who wish to give $100 or more.  These donors will receive the commemorative package above, and will have the opportunity to write a letter to family or friends to be included in the time capsule to be opened in 50 years. If you would like to include a letter, please see further guidelines for your donation and letter below.

  1. Make a donation in the amount of $100 or larger online here or by mail. Checks may be sent to: Special Olympics Louisiana, 1000 East Morris Ave, Hammond, LA 70401.If you would prefer to make a donation by mail, Please include 50th Anniversary in the note section. Please also add the name you wish to include for the time capsule in the “for” column of a check.
  2. Write your letter and address to the “Family of” or “Friends of” ______________ (your name).
  3. Send your letter into us. Letters can be emailed to laso@laso.org or mailed to Special Olympics Louisiana, 1000 East Morris Ave, Hammond, LA 70401. Letters will be privately copied to preservation paper.
  4. Please remember to include this information in your will so your family and friends can receive your letter when the time capsule is opened at the Special Olympics Louisiana state office on June 21, 2068 at 1:00 PM.

In order for your name and/or letter to be included in the capsule the donation and letter must be received on or before June 1, 2018.  One name per $50 donation and one letter per $100 donation or greater. Thank you for celebrating 50 years of joy, courage, and empowerment of people with intellectual disabilities with Special Olympics Louisiana.