State Indoor Games

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WHAT: The 2018 Special Olympics Louisiana State Indoor Games.

WHEN & WHERE: March 2-3, 2018 in Baton Rouge, LA SPORTS: Bowling, Basketball, and Tennis

COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Competitions will be held on Saturday, March 3rd

Basketball from 8:00AM to 5:30PM Saturday, March 3rd

Bowling- All Star Lanes from 11:00AM to 3:00PM Saturday, March 3rd

Bowling- Circle Bowl from 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Basketball – Team Automotive Group Sportsplex

Tennis – Independence Park (Indoor & Outdoor Tennis Courts)

REGISTRATION: First Church of the Nazarene 9955 Old Hammond Hwy Baton Rouge, LA 70816

OPENING CEREMONIES: Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday, March 2nd at Team Automotive Group Sportsplex (7122 Perkins Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70808) at 7:00 PM.

HEALTHY ATHLETES: will be held at First Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 (9am-2pm)

VOLUNTEERS: A support staff of more than 1,000 volunteers will work at the Games. They will serve in jobs ranging from coaching, to food preparation, to officiating.

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Unified Sports

2012 State Indoor Games officer and runner Opening Ceremonies

Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

 

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.  

Young people with disabilities don’t often get a chance to play on their school sports teams, but more and more U.S. states are adopting the unified sports approach that Special Olympics pioneered. For almost 20 years, Special Olympics has offered sport teams that blend people with and without intellectual disabilities, and that is a model that encourages sports and fun, and which also gets people together to learn more about each other. You can learn more about unified sports and get involved with SOLA by clicking here.

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.

State Indoor Games

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WHAT: The 2018 Special Olympics Louisiana State Indoor Games.

WHEN & WHERE: March 2-3, 2018 in Baton Rouge, LA SPORTS: Bowling, Basketball, and Tennis

COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Competitions will be held on Saturday, March 3rd

Basketball from 8:00AM to 5:30PM Saturday, March 3rd

Bowling- All Star Lanes from 11:00AM to 3:00PM Saturday, March 3rd

Bowling- Circle Bowl from 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Basketball – Team Automotive Group Sportsplex

Tennis – Independence Park (Indoor & Outdoor Tennis Courts)

REGISTRATION: First Church of the Nazarene 9955 Old Hammond Hwy Baton Rouge, LA 70816

OPENING CEREMONIES: Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday, March 2nd at Team Automotive Group Sportsplex (7122 Perkins Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70808) at 7:00 PM.

HEALTHY ATHLETES: will be held at First Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 (9am-2pm)

VOLUNTEERS: A support staff of more than 1,000 volunteers will work at the Games. They will serve in jobs ranging from coaching, to food preparation, to officiating.

Tulane Rival Game

DUzcpmsU8AA9muc.pngPlease join us on Saturday, February 3rd at 10:15am for the Second Annual Special Olympics Unified Rivalry Basketball Game between Tulane and LSU! A team of Tulane students and Special Olympics athletes will compete against LSU students and Special Olympics athletes for bragging rights and the coveted Unified Rivalry Cup. The game will take place at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldouse on Tulane’s Uptown campus, right before the Tulane Women’s Basketball Game against South Florida.

You are invited to cheer on the teams and be a “Fan in the Stands.” If we pack the gym, ESPN might come to New Orleans to cover the game. ESPN has served as the Global Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports since 2013, supporting the growth and expansion of this program that empowers individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to engage through the power of sports.

If you have questions or want more information please email us at specialolympicsnola@gmail.com . Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in the gym!

Click here for more information and tickets!

Coaches Needed!

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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.

Call 800.345.6644 or visit http://www.laso.org for more information on becoming a SOLA coach.

Volunteer Needed!

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Give back to your community and participate in a life changing program!
Can you lend a helping hand for our upcoming state competition?

Special Olympics Louisiana needs volunteers for the upcoming 2018 Indoor Games being held March 2, 2018.  For more details and online sign up click here.