Spread the Word to End the Word (StWtEtW) national day of recognition is March 5th! Join New Orleans Saints Fullback, Jed Collins and pledge not to use the r-word (retard) anymore! Visit www.r-word.org to pledge and see what you can do on March 5th to take a stand. The Special Olympics Louisiana state office has wristbands, stickers, buttons, etc. for any schools or groups who want to raise awareness and eradicate the use of the r-word! Contact us
Our sister organization, Best Buddies, celebrated its 25th birthday this past Sunday, January 25th! Click here to wish them a very Happy Birthday.
We are very proud of our Volunteer, Special Olympics College representative and local Best Buddies chapter president Marci Gaines. Marci was sitting in a college class when her professor used the r-word…”At this moment, I cannot explain the sense of emotions that overcame me. I contemplated calling her out on her remarks in class or confronting her after but knew my message would be better conveyed through words. I decided to send an email.” Read her email and the professors response here
What would you have done if you were Marci?
St. Thomas More Cougars have something to say about the R-Word! Watch their video…
Spread the Word to End the Word Day was March 6th. Lots of people made videos, posted pictures, wrote stories, etc. to share their opinion and draw awareness that the word “retard” is hurtful. With so much support this was the best R-Word day yet! Check out this video from Marana High School in Arizona. It is a must see!
Today is Spread the Word to End the Word day! What word are we talking about? The R-Word! Don’t know what the r-word is? It is the word “retarded”. Using this word hurts peoples feelings and is degrading. Even if you don’t mean it in a negative way, its not cool to say! Take the pledge to stop using the r-word today, here.
Watch the R-word PSA below:
This Wednesday, March 6th is Capitol Hill Day. It is a day when athletes, volunteers, families, and staff will speak on Capitol Hill about the impact of federally supported programming.
There will be more than 40 states represented this year and Louisiana is proud to be one of them! We will be sending our President/CEO, Mrs. Pat Carpenter Bourgeois along with one of our athletes, Camrin Sandoz and his parents. Camrin and his parents will meet with congressmen and elected officials to advocate for Special Olympics.
Learn more about Camrin here!
More info on Capitol Hill Day here.
March 6th is our Annual Spread the Word to End the Word Day. This is our national day of awareness to eradicate the use of the word “retard” from everyday language. Stand up for dignity and acceptance by taking the pledge! See why you should pledge HERE
Things have been CRAZY around here getting ready for our Special Guest (the surprise will be revealed tomorrow), counting scarves for the Scarf Project and getting ready for this weekend’s State Indoor Games, BUT…today is national Spread the Word to End the Word Day and it all starts with you!!!
Spread the Word to End the Word is a movement to eradicate the use of the word “retard” or as we call it, the “r-word”. We treat this word just like any other minority slur. We know that most people say it and don’t intend to be mean, but when you do say it, you are demeaning 3% of the world’s population.
“Everyone has a gift and the world would be better off if we recognized it.”
–Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics.
- Take the pledge (The first 10 people to take the pledge and comment about it here on our blog will receive a free Spread the Word to End the Word prize!)
- View the YouTube video with what Glee stars think of the r-word
- View the resources
Have YOU made the pledge?
Learn more here