Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards joined Special Olympics Louisiana and multiple law enforcement agencies from across the state at the 2016 Official Law Enforcement Torch Run Lighting Ceremony on Friday, May 20th in Baton Rouge, LA. Governor Edwards pledged his support for Special Olympics and spoke of the importance of volunteering and being a champion for people with intellectual disabilities. Across the state, members of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run carried the “Flame of Hope” while running 1,000+ miles to raise awareness and funds that help improve the quality of life for our 14,639 athletes. This event has become the largest fundraising and media awareness event for Special Olympics worldwide! The ceremony on the Louisiana State Capitol steps kicked off the final run of the 2016 Torch Run week and led to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 State Summer Games for Special Olympics Louisiana.Thank you for your support!
The below paragraph is a guest post from Athlete Channing Ewing from our Northwest Area about this past weekends State Indoor Games in Baton Rouge, LA.
“I had a blast this weekend. I enjoyed meeting Honorary Coach, Drew Dileo and Honorary Chair, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. I really cherished the honor of being on stage with all the dignitaries and saying the Athlete Oath for Opening Ceremonies. Everyone did great job putting on this past weekends events. I really liked the venues for competitions and the dance was awesome as usual. Everyone was very friendly there.”
Are you ready for Polar Plunge?! The Gonzales Plunge is on February 27th at Cabela’s and the Shreveport Plunge will be on March 12th at East Ridge Country Club. More info here. If you have not registered yet, be sure to click here and so NOW!
We also wanted to thank all of our sponsors for this event! Your support is greatly appreciated!
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Specialized Industrial Maintenance
Ascension Golf Carts
Coastal Bridge Company
In Memory of Mark Swiconek
Sheriff Jeff Wiley
Gauthier & Amedee
Gonzales Lions Club
Mike Anderson’s – Gonzales
Select Properties, LTD
EZ Dock Gulf Coast
East Ridge Country Club
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office
Join us for State Indoor Games!
WHAT: The 2016 Special Olympics Louisiana State Indoor Games.
WHEN & WHERE: March 4-6, 2016 in Baton Rouge, LA
SPORTS: Bowling, Basketball, and Tennis
COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Competitions will be held on
- Saturday, March 5 from 9 AM to 4 PM
- Sunday, March 6 from 8 AM to 2 PM
- Bowling – All Star Lanes & Circle Bowl
- Basketball – Team Automotive Group Sportsplex
- Tennis – Independence Park (Indoor Tennis Courts)
BREC Main Building
6201 FLORIDA BLVD.
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
OPENING CEREMONIES: Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday, March 4 at Team Automotive Group Sportsplex (7122 Perkins Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70808) at 7:00 PM.
OLYMPIC TOWN and HEALTHY ATHLETES: will be held at Sherwood Middle School on Saturday, March 5, 2016 (9am-2pm)
VOLUNTEERS: A support staff of more than 1,000 volunteers will work at the Games. They will serve in jobs ranging from coaching, to food preparation, to officiating.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: All events, including all competitions, are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the State Headquarters at 1-800-345-6644 or visit the SOLA website at www.laso.org.
We met some really great people and hope they are just as excited for these events as we are!
A HUGE thank you to WWE and the great people at WWE Community! Thank you for the opportunity!
This weekend, WWE will be in at the River Center in Baton Rouge and Civic Center in Lake Charles, LA. If you are going, be sure to look for the Special Olympics Louisiana booth! We will be there talking about the 2015 World Summer Games, the Unified Relay Across America, and of course, WWE and their awesome commitment to Special Olympics!
We hope to see you at one of the WWE events this weekend.
Thank you WWE for this great opportunity!