Polar Plunge Gonzales is Tomorrow!

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Polar Plunge Gonzales is happening tomorrow, February 18th! This chilly fundraising event will take place at Cabela’s in Gonzales, LA. Will you be Freezin’ for a Reason tomorrow?

Haven’t registered yet? It’s not too late to participate. You can get signed up quickly by Clicking Here!

If you can’t make it tomorrow, don’t worry. We will be hosting two more Polar Plunges in Shreveport, LA on March 11th and in Mandeville, LA on March 18th!

Click here for more information. 
Watch the video.

 

 

Hammond Blues & BBQ!

Downtown Hammond, LA will be hosting its annual Smokin’ BBQ Challenge March 24th-March 25th, 2017. Special Olympics Louisiana is very fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries of this event.

Judges are needed, so if you’d like to become a judge for the Backyard Boogie contest, Click Here.full-bg

Interested in cooking?
You can register a team in the Backyard Boogie Competition by clicking here.

The Backyard Boogie contest is for BBQ enthusiast to prove to his/her friends they have some of the best BBQ in our local hometown cooking competition.

Head over to www.hammondbbq.com for more information!

 

NBA Cares Unified Basketball Game

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We’re super excited to announce that Special Olympics will be back for our annual NBA Cares Unified Basketball Game at#NBAAllStar! NBA All Star Weekend is taking place in New Orleans, LA this weekend and we are thrilled to take part in the festivities!

Stay tuned for more information about our East & West teams, with players from all over the world (Including a few SOLA athletes!), as well as an announcement around our unified partners & coaches!

LSU vs. Tulane Unified Basketball Game Recap

The LSU vs Tulane Special Olympics Unified Rivalry Series Basketball game was held on Saturday, February 4th. The event was held at the Reily Center on Tulane University’s Uptown campus. Unified teams were made up of both Special Olympics Louisiana athletes and students from Louisiana State University and Tulane University. Tulane won the game with a score of 26-4 over LSU.

Special Olympics Unified Sports is an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and Partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis.

Special Olympics wants to create the next generation of individuals who through their connections, technology, concern and action will shape the world to one of respect and acceptance. To make sure all young adults have access to sporting opportunities, Special Olympics is taking an active interest in expanding our collegiate programming. The Unified Sports Rivalry Series was created to connect Unified Sports and our athletes to a high profile collegiate rivalry sports games.

Click here for more information on the game.
Click here for more information on Special Olympics Rivalry Series.

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Sports Award Winners Announced

Special Olympics Louisiana values dedication and would like to honor the time many individuals have spent making a difference in the lives of our athletes. We truly appreciate their continued support of our movement and their efforts in changing the way Louisiana views our athletes.

Listed below are the individuals who have been chosen as the recipients of the 2016 Sports Awards. We would like to recognize the outstanding achievements of these individuals.

The efforts they exhibit today will benefit those with intellectual disabilities for the future. Special Olympics Louisiana has been proudly serving people for almost 49 years. We appreciate these people who strive to make a positive impact in our community and make a difference one hour at a time. Congratulations to our winners!

Award Winner
Outstanding Female Special Olympics Athlete Emily Hinrichs
Outstanding Male Special Olympics Athlete Christopher  Blanchard
Outstanding Volunteer Award Charmaine Welborne
Johanna E. Brescher Outstanding Games Volunteer Evan Gautier
Outstanding Family Vielman Family
Outstanding Coach Elaine Durbin
Outstanding School Riverdale Middle School
Outstanding State Corporate Benefactor CITGO
Outstanding Area Corporate Benefactor Kohl’s
Outstanding Civic Organization Knights of Columbus
Outstanding Unified Partner Krysta Cotten
Outstanding Media- TV Jay Grymes- WAFB
Outstanding Media- Radio Rick Godley- Peach Radio 99.3 FM
Special Olympics Hall of Fame Dr. A. N. Diodene
LETR Top Fundraiser Lt. Col. Ward Webb
LETR Top Area Capital Area
LETR Above and Beyond Officer Becky White

For a full list of all the winners and a description of the awards please log onto the website at www.laso.org.

Polar Plunge

We’re counting down the days until the chilly plunge we’ve all been waiting for! Don’t forget about our three Polar Plunge events coming up:

IMG_4230February 18: Gonzales @ Cabelas 
March 11: Shreveport @ East Ridge Country Club
March 18: Mandeville @ Fontainebleau State Park

Polar Plunge helps raise funds and awareness for our athletes. It is one of our largest fundraisers this year. Why not become apart of something that will create fun-filled memories and leave you feeling “cool”?

If you’re too chicken to plunge, you can donate and/or become a sponsor the events.

Click here for our Polar Plunge video 

Click below to register now to take the plunge!

February 18th- Gonzales 
March 11th- Shreveport 
March 18th- Mandeville 

Proctor and Gamble

pg-2016-special-olympics-banner1Proctor and Gamble, now in it’s 37th year of partnership with Special Olympics, is holding a month long promotion of Special Olympics at military commissaries. The promotion is running throughout the month of January  in the US and at some US bases overseas. P&G will donate $75,000 to the Special Olympics Movement after the month is up. Thank you, P&G for your continued support!