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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.

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On behalf of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run Movement and Special Olympics Louisiana, we would like to invite you to the 2018 Official Torch Lighting Ceremony.

When: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 8:30 AM
Where: North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge. 

Across the state, members of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run carry the “Flame of Hope” while running 1,000+ miles to raise awareness and funds that help improve the quality of life for our 15,106 athletes. This event has become the largest fundraising and media awareness event for Special Olympics world wide, and we would love to share our enthusiasm and success with you! The ceremony will kick off the final run of the 2018 Torch Run week and lead to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 State Summer Games for Special Olympics Louisiana.

Please join us!

A Story of Triumph!

Meet Rose.

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Rose is a motivational speaker based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has worked for many years professionally and personally, advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Rose has worked closely with people with disabilities and community leaders to teach the importance of inclusion.

Throughout the years Rose worked closely with many community agencies that advocate for inclusion and the empowerment of people with disabilities.

From 2002 to 2010 Rose worked for Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge. She worked as a Self Advocacy Specialist and provided resources and information to families regarding all matters of disability rights.

She was also an athelete in the Special Olympics. Later, with many victories under her belt, she moved on and was appointed to the Special Olympics Board of Directors where her life experiences could benefit both rose_2the organization and other atheletes as well.

Her personal story is a story of strength and perserverance and provides inspiration to all who hear it!

Rose is available to speak to school, church, and community groups. If you are interested in hiring Rose to speak to your group, please send an email to rgarret8@bellsouth.net

Congratulations, Rose, for everything you have accomplished and we are so very proud to have you as part of our Special Olympics Family!

Don’t Miss “The Specials!”

We wanted to make sure you don’t miss the television debut of “The Specials,” on Sunday, September 7th from 1:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CST on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).  OWN just announced they will be airing this groundbreaking docu-series about the funny, honest story of five housemates with intellectual disabilities living the classic student lifestyle in England this Sunday.  All 13 episodes will air back-to-back on Sunday, September 7 from 1:30 – 8 p.m. CST.The_Specials

For a sneak peek now, please visit: www.oprah.com/thespecials

Filmed over four years and narrated by housemates Sam, Hilly, Lucy, Lewis and Megan, all between the ages of 19-23 and close friends since childhood, “The Specials” shares the ups and downs of their daily lives from first love to heartbreak, from leaving college to finding a job, as well as the day-to-day interactions and complications of sharing a house together. The housemates live life to the max – they enjoy everything from surfing and karaoke as well as competing in Special Olympics.

The Webby Award-winning series was originally produced as short form,10-minute webisodes in England. OWN will televise fresh, newly adapted episodes following housemates as they continue to support each other through major changes in their lives — everything from breakups, to a parents’ divorce and finally an engagement.