Healthy Athletes

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Special Olympics Louisiana offers free health examinations for our athletes at our State Events!

Healthy Athletes is a large part of our organization.  Our athletes are screened through Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Fit 08Feet, Fun Fitness, and Opening Eyes.  Our athletes are screened, free of charge, at our state competitions.  Athletes also receive a “goody” bag for Special Smiles and Health promotion filled with lots of great tools to keep up the good work! Come out and find the booth at our State Games!

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Current Events

Stay up to date with our current events!
Check out our website,  www.laso.org, where you can find out anything you want to know about Special Olympics Louisiana!

  • Keep up with events and learn about the next fundraiser that is taking place.
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  • Read our blog:  Oh, you are already here!  Our blog is the go to place to see our current events.  We post here just about every day and the majority of posts revolve around our events.  But, we do like to throw the occasional picture and quote for you to enjoy!

October Athlete Spotlight

IMG_6479NAME: Brian “B-Love” Leroux
HOME TOWN: New Iberia, LA
SPORTS: Athletics, bowling, softball, and basketball
AGE: 29
YEARS INVOLVED: 15

Q:  Are you employed?
A : Yes. I work at the Arc of Iberia and I have been working there for 8 years.
Q:  What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?
A:  My favorite memories are travelling on overnight trips to competitions with my unified sports teams.

Q:  What’s your key to success?
A: Practice makes perfect!

Q: What are your goals?
A:  I want to fly on a plane, travel to Washington D.C., and see the National Bowling Tournament. I also want to be famous!

#ImAGameChanger

We are surrounded by unsung heroes who are creating communities where people with intellectual disabilities are meaningfully and fully welcomed, one act of inclusion at a time. Now, it’s time to recognize them.

Whether it’s inviting a classmate with an intellectual disability to hang out at the mall, or implementing inclusive hiring practices at a place of business, any act of inclusion – no matter how big or small – can change the game for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

25-meter butterfly--Lindsay Whitelock

Do you know a person or a company that exemplifies what it means to be inclusive? Are you a game changer? The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games wants to hear from you. Submit your nominations for game changers in your community and help us honor those who are breaking down barriers and making a difference.

To nominate a Game Changer, click here.

Amazon Smile

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Don’t forget about SOLA when you’re shopping on Amazon! Amazon Smile a great way to both. You can get your shopping done and support Special Olympics Louisiana in just a few clicks!  As you start your online shopping, we invite you to shop on Amazon by using this URL: https://smile.amazon.com/.  As you go through the process, be sure to select Special Olympics Louisiana as your charity of choice!

Meet Kayla

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Story by: Cayla’s father, Derek Lane

Cayla Lane entered life as a micro preemie, at one pound thirteen ounces. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and she underwent nineteen brain surgeries. The doctors were very doubtful that she would be able talk, walk, or even run.

She proved them wrong! Cayla is now a senior in high school taking all regular education classes and enjoys working with physical fitness themed classes.

By the time Cayla was nine, she had to have surgery to remove her tibia, and she bounced back. Cayla loves to sing, despite having vocal damage as a child, she bounced back from that again too. Cayla even proved this, as well as her love for her favorite artist, Justin Bieber, as she took the stage on karaoke night while on her cruise.

Although Cayla has had many hurdles to overcome, she has been competing with Special Olympics Louisiana for over six years in power lifting, bocce, track and field, bowling, and swimming. She always brings a smile to every competition. When Cayla initially began swimming she could not even pull her arm out of the water, but now she does the backstroke and has been greatly improving.

Upon graduation from high school, Cayla plans to attend a college in Bossier, LA and will be possibly majoring in General Studies.