Congratulations, Glenn!

We would like to congratulate our wonderful office assistant and former SOLA athlete, Glenn! Last week he was presented with an award from Options for 30 years of employment here at Special Olympics Louisiana. We appreciate beyond words how much you do for us! You’re truly a rockstar. Congratulations on thirty years – here’s to many more!IMG-1655

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Officer Honored for Work with SOLA

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We would like to congratulate Major Ward Webb with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Department for receiving The Merit Award for his dedication and support of Special Olympics Louisiana!

According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office “Major Ward Webb was recognized and given an Award of Merit by Sheriff Wiley.

Major Webb has been involved in Special Olympics and for several years he has dedicated hundreds of hours of his time, both on duty and off duty, to improve the lives of special needs children. Under his guidance the Law Enforcement Torch Run has grown from a handful to scores of participants and the Polar Plunge has grown from grossing just $700 in its first year to bringing in over $54,000 in 2014!

Through Major Ward Webb’s personal efforts the APSO was showcased on an International Level before 1,200 attendees at the International Conference in New Orleans last month and the Award of Merit he received today was earned by his hard work and dedication to a special cause!”

We would like to send a huge hug and many thanks to Major Ward Webb for everything you do for SOLA and the athletes! You deserve it!

Medal Monday: A Memorable Award

At the recent 2014 USA Games, Special Olympics Louisiana Southwest athlete, Virgilene Cagle won a gold medal in her softball throw division. She was awarded her gold medal by none other than, Special Olympics Chairman of the Board, Doctor Tim Shriver. We love watching Virgilene’s excitement in this video and think it’s perfect for Medal Monday!

Kudos from LSU

LSU 2013 stwtetwSpread the Word to End the Word, was nominated and won an Louisiana State University Love Purple Live Gold Award. LSU student and Special Olympics Louisiana volunteer Casey Cantrelle promoted Spread the Word to End the Word on its annual awareness day. Hundreds of LSU students pledged not to use the r-word! Now, as a bonus, the campaign will be awarded the 2012-2013 Live Purple Love Gold Most Outstanding Advocacy Award. This award is presented to the organization with the best program that exemplifies dedication towards the welfare of a cause, global topic, or existing social issue. The program selected for this award will have engaged students through creating awareness, providing solutions, and promoting social change. We are excited that the students of LSU agree that the r-word is not cool and must go!

Learn more about Spread the Word to End the Word here

Who is the #1 Non-Profit serving those with disabilities?

Philanthropedia MedalWE ARE!

Special Olympics has earned the number one spot on a newly released national list of high-impact non-profit organizations serving people with disabilities.

“On behalf of our entire Special Olympics movement worldwide, we are honored to be given this prestigious ranking from Philanthropedia,” said Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics.   Read the full article

See our ‘Stars’

We are excited to announce that Charity Navigator awarded Special Olympics itsCharity Navigator 4 Star Charity prestigious four star rating. (Insert cheering and clapping!) Charity Navigator, the largest and most influential charity rater in the U.S., aims to “help people give to charity with confidence” by evaluating organizations’ financial health and their commitment to accountability and transparency. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Special Olympics from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust. This is a true testament to the value we place on “doing right” by our fans and athletes, and to steward every dollar we receive from our generous donors responsibly. Read the full announcement