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.
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Did you know family members of Special Olympics athletes have an important role to play in Special Olympics outreach? Today, thousands of family members of Special Olympics athletes serve as key leaders and sources of support for one another as they attend training, competitions, meetings and other activities together.
The Family Support Network is an organized project whereby Special Olympics Louisiana conducts outreach to families unfamiliar with Special Olympics by developing partnerships with existing community organizations and by training Family Messengers to become leaders and spokespeople for the Special Olympics Louisiana. Family members (Family Messengers) are systematically matched with parents new to Special Olympics who are seeking information and support from a peer.
Family Support Network helps families help each other. With the assistance of similar agencies families have a support system within Special Olympics. Families have the opportunity to mentor, learn and provide resources and emotional support to one another.
The Family Support Network connects Special Olympics families with new families and provides support and information in a critical time of need in the following ways:
- Provides educational, sports and training workshops
- Creates opportunities for family members to become advocates for the Special Olympics movement
- Brings families together to share ideas, issues, and common interests
- Encourages new families to join Special Olympics
- Builds strong communities
If you would like to become part of our family network contact us.
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The below paragraph is a guest post from SOLA Athlete, Channing Ewing, from our Northwest Area about this past weekends State Indoor Games in Baton Rouge, LA.
“I had a wonderful time in Baton Rouge. I enjoyed meeting and greeting all the dignitaries. I even got to meet D.D. Breaux which was awesome!!! I had blast at the dance, as usual. I even got to be interviewed by the local news station in Baton Rouge which was really neat. I learned a lot about bullying and how it can be stopped at the Athlete Leadership Council meeting which was very powerful. Elaine Durbin did an awesome job as our brand new area director at first state games.
Get your chill on and join us for our 2017 Mandeville & Shreveport Polar Plunges! You can hop, skip or run your way into chilly waters in Mandeville at Fontainebleau State Park on March 18th or at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport on March 11th! Join along with other brave souls who will grin and bear it for the amazing Special Olympics athletes of Louisiana.
Not a water warrior and more of the timid type? Donate to a plunger! It’s the chill of a lifetime with several locations and dates to choose from so come feel the BRRR this March!
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It’s Medal Monday! You know the drill… share your favorite Medal Monday pictures in the comments below.Don’t forget to use #MedalMonday in your comment!