Polar Plunge this weekend!

Join us at the 2018 Polar Plunges – The official event of winter! Individuals have committed to raise $50 or more to plunge into the icy cold water for thousands of Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! Get a thrill from the chill and join us in Gonzales or Shreveport!

What is it?  The Polar Plunge® is one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest fundraisers. With the help of our Law Enforcement Torch Run comrades this event is attracting hundreds of people to an otherwise deserted waterhole in the winter. Crowd favorites at this event include a costume contest, musical entertainment, as well as vendor displays and giveaways.

Who? Individuals and teams from businesses and organizations, alongside our athletes and thousands of community members, experience heartwarming and bone chilling extremes as they take the plunge into the icy cold water during the winter for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes!!

Don’t have what it takes? Come watch! If taking an icy dip isn’t for you, then come be a fan of fun as you watch folks Run, Plunge and Freeze for a great cause OR Donate to a Plunger. The Polar Plunge® is open to the public and also features musical entertainment, food, costumes, vendor displays, children’s activities and more. There is no fee to view the Plunge, but donations are always welcomed.

Gonzales – February 17th, 2018  @ Cabela’s

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2016 Sports Awards Winners

Listed below are the individuals who have been chosen as the recipients of the 2016 Sports Awards. We like to recognize the outstanding achievements of these individuals year round. We appreciate all their dedication and hard work! If you see them at one of our events, be sure to congratulate them!

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

Tennis Athletes Bring Home Gold

The 2014 Special Olympics North America Tennis Championships were held November 6-8 in Hilton Head, South Carolina. We are so proud of Team Louisiana who brought home all gold medals! Jamarcus Dennis won Gold in singles and in doubles! Chris Blanchard also won Gold in both singles and doubles! Chris and Jamarcus defeated Special Olympics Illinois 4-0, 4-0 and Special Olympics Massachusetts 4-0, 4-2 in a 10-5 tie break in the doubles match. Tom Palczynski is the athletes Head Coach and Cindy Landry served as Head of Delegation. Congratulations, guys!

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