About specialolympicslouisiana

We are the official state chapter of Special Olympics, Inc. We serve over 14,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities across Louisiana. We have over 100 competitions and 80 different fundraisers. Be a fan and Get Involved!

Camp Shriver- Lafayette

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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, Iberia, St. Martin, and St. Mary Areas.

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.

To learn more about Camp Shriver and to register, please speak with your area coordinator.

 

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Healthy Habits for Summer

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It’s summer time in Louisiana which means hotter and longer days. Special Olympics Louisiana wants to stress the importance of healthy habits for when having fun in the sun!

Some helpful tips to remember before going out:

  1. Wear sunscreen and remember to reapply if you will be outside for most of the day.
  2. Check the expiration date! Sunscreen expires and loses its effectiveness.
  3. Wear a hat.
  4. Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
  5. Drink plenty of water.
  6. Wear light and bright clothes. Dark colors absorb the heat.

More helpful tips on sun care can be found here.

Unified Champion Schools

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The Unified Champion Schools approach incorporates Special Olympics sports and related activities while enhancing the youth experience and empowering them to be change agents in their communities. This requires a shift in current programs and paradigms from a focus on events to committing to a movement advocating for youth as leaders. This programming promotes social inclusion in schools to ensure special education and general education students are equitably engaged. Teachers and students are encouraged to collaborate and create supportive classrooms, activities and opportunities.

Students should be encouraged and supported to be agents of change, have opportunities to be leaders, and participate in collaborative school activities. To achieve this, school leaders and educators must foster a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students. A socially inclusive school is a place where no student is excluded because of the degree or type of disability or the services required to meet his/her needs.

For more information click here.

Thank You 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

SOLA 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 a 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.

Thank you for celebrating 50 years of joy, courage, and empowerment of people with intellectual disabilities with Special Olympics Louisiana.