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.

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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.

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.

Creative Ways To Give

Endowments

Did you know? Making a donation through a planned gift is a great way to create a legacy of support for Special Olympics Louisiana, while providing for your own future. Through an Endowment donation, you can make a thoughtfully planned gift that benefits athletes today and well into the future.

Your gift will also go a long way toward changing views about people with intellectual disabilities. With the help of your Endowment donation, Special Olympics Louisiana can touch thousands more across the state of Louisiana. Hundreds of thousands of potential athletes could be reached by Special Olympics Louisiana if additional resources were available.

By making an Endowment donation, our supporters have an opportunity to make planned and major gifts, as well as contributions. Stock, real estate, and life insurance policies are popular ways to consider contributing to Special Olympics Louisiana. Individuals of all financial circumstances can participate in and benefit from an Endowment donation.

Explore the benefits of planned giving through an Endowment donation. For more information on giving to Special Olympics Louisiana, please call 1-800-345-6644.

Help Us Win $30,000!

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We need your votes to win $30,000! This is a great way to support Special Olympics Louisiana at no cost to you. SOLA is participating in the Gulf Coast Bank Community Rewards Contest that rewards a grand prize of $30,000 to the top non-profit organization voted on by the community. Please help us by voting daily from March 5 – March 29. We will even remind you to vote. You can also help us by forwarding this email to your contacts and by sharing on social media. Vote now by clicking on this link, then select Special Olympics Louisiana, and click Vote. Thank you!

 

R-Word Day 3.7.18

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On March 7th we want you to join us in taking the pledge to NOT use the R-Word!
The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. The word hurts, even if it is not directed at a person with intellectual disabilities.

Check out our website by clicking here to view some more information.  Take the pledge today!

Congratulations, Glenn!

We would like to congratulate our wonderful office assistant and former SOLA athlete, Glenn! Last week he was presented with an award from Options for 30 years of employment here at Special Olympics Louisiana. We appreciate beyond words how much you do for us! You’re truly a rockstar. Congratulations on thirty years – here’s to many more!IMG-1655