Athlete Spotlight

Gabriel Garland
NAME: Gabriel Garland
HOME TOWN: Lake Charles, LA
SPORTS: Bowling, Bocce, Horseshoes and Athletics
AGE: 59
YEARS INVOLVED: 10

Q: What is your favorite memory from Special Olympics?

  • A: My favorite memories are competing in bowling and horseshoes.

    Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?

    A: My greatest accomplishment is playing in sports, mostly basketball.

    Q: What is your secret to success?

    A: I play hard.

    Q: What makes you a great athlete?

    A: I try to stay healthy.

State Summer Games this Weekend!

State Summer Games is this weekend, May 20-22!  The weekend kicks off with Capitol Steps and Lighting of the Flame of Hope which will take place in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol at 8:30 am!  Opening Ceremonies will be Friday, May 20th inside Southeastern’s Strawberry Stadium at 7:30pm. Come out and see the Flame of Hope and the parade of athletes!

Then on Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, athletes will compete in several events including athletics, bocce, power lifting, track and field, and volleyball.  ALL events are free and open to the public.

Click here for more information. 

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State Summer Games

State Summer Games is right around the corner!  May 20-22nd to be exact.  The event will kick off on Friday, May 20th inside Southeastern’s Strawberry Stadium at 7:30pm for Opening Ceremonies.  We invite all to attend to witness the Flame of Hope and the parade of athletes!

Then on Saturday athletes will compete in athletics, bocce, power lifting, and volleyball.  ALL events are free and open to the public.  Come cheer on our athletes as they compete!

There are still volunteer opportunities available.  Please click here to register.

We can’t wait to see YOU at State Summer Games!

Happy Friday!

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.” -Wilferd a. peterson

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The Results Are In!

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This past week, Special Olympics Louisiana sent a delegation of 6 to compete as part of Special Olympics USA in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California. Our Louisiana athletes worked hard to bring home 4 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal, 1 Bronze medal, 4 Fourth Place Ribbons, 2 Fifth Place Ribbons, 1 Seventh Place Ribbon, and 1 Eighth Place Ribbon. Thank you for all of your hard work and for making us proud!

There were nearly 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches, 30,000 volunteers and delegates from all over the world who to attended and competed in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. There were also about 500,000 family, friends, and spectators who came out to support the athletes.  For more information about the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, or to donate visit our website at www.laso.org or contact us at 1-800-345-6644.

You can check out all of the pictures by clicking here.

Stay Up to Date

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Download the FREE Special Olympics USA App
In just one short week Special Olympics USA will travel to Los Angeles to represent our country at the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world this year.
Be sure to download the Special Olympics USA app to stay up to date on the action! The app puts team member bios, schedules, maps, photos, social media info and more right at your fingertips. The Special Olympics USA App is the best way to get info, breaking news, updates, and exclusive features like photo sharing and social media, for the duration of the Games.

The app is live now, so download it today!

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The app is great whether you’re attending the Games in person or keeping up with Special Olympics USA from afar!

State Summer Games this Weekend!

State Summer Games hosts athletics (track & field), bocce, power lifting, or volleyball in Hammond, LA at Southeastern Louisiana University this weekend, May 22-24. The State Summer Games are Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest state competition and we hope everyone can join us. See you this weekend!

For more information including maps and schedules click here.

Medal Monday