The Results Are In!

WG 2015

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.

World Games are Underway!

This past Saturday, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games kicked off with Opening Ceremony LIVE on ESPN!  The event featured music acts such as O.A.R, Avril Lavigne, and Stevie Wonder.  The Flame of Hope was brought in right after the Parade of Athletes!

We are proud to have 4 athletes, 1 partner, and 1 sport manager in Los Angeles from Louisiana that are on Special Olympics USA.

Carol at World Games

Carol at World Games

Be sure to stay tuned to LA2015.org for full results coverage.

Also, ESPN will feature stories and competition throughout World Games, be sure to tune in and support our athletes and athletes from around the World!

Tune In! -CEO Corner

World Games

Greetings everyone,

We are just days away from the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games! Our athletes have arrived in California and I would like to personally invite you to join us as we cheer for Special Olympics USA. The games may be in Los Angeles, but you don’t have to miss out on the excitement. Make plans to tune in to watch the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games LIVE on July 25 at 8pm CT on ESPN and then keep watching coverage every day during the World Games! Won’t be near a TV on July 25 to watch the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games? You can catch it live on your smart device or tablet on WatchESPN (must be a subscriber to view). Be sure to cheer on the athletes from Louisiana during the Opening Ceremony parade of athletes! ESPN’s coverage from Los Angeles begins with the Opening Ceremony on July 25th and continues daily, throughout the Games. ESPN is the official broadcast partner of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

To see the full broadcast schedule, click here.

And be sure to visit ESPN’s webpage – http://espn.go.com/extra/specialolympics -dedicated to all things World Games for news, videos, and more!

Learn more about the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at http://www.la2015.org!

Thank you for your continued support,

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Pat Carpenter Bourgeois

President and CEO, Special Olympics Louisiana

And They’re Off!

WG 2015

Special Olympics Louisiana is proud to send a delegation of 6 to Los Angeles, California today to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Our athletes and unified partner took off from the airport bright and early this morning to join the rest of the team representing Special Olympics USA. Be sure to wish them good luck in the comments below!

The Final Leg

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 Today, on the steps of the California State Capitol, Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from all over the world, and World Games officials were welcomed by Governor Jerry Brown and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom for the launch of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg. The historic Final Leg will visit and hold ceremonies in 127 cities, towns and communities and travel 4,648 miles on three routes throughout the state before lighting the cauldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to open the 2015 Special Olympics World Games on July 25.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world. More than 100,000 law enforcement members in all 50 U.S. States, 12 Canadian provinces/territories, and 47 other countries contribute to LETR efforts annually as Guardians of the Flame®, ensuring the delivery of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions, state/provincial Games, and national/regional Games.

The LETR Final Leg for the 2015 World Games, presented by Bank of America, will take place from July 13-July 25. A team of 124 members – which includes 88 law enforcement officer runners, 10 Special Olympics athletes, and logistics personnel – will serve as Guardians of the Flame as they run the Flame of Hope throughout the state. Law Enforcement Torch Runners from around the world were chosen for their dedication and commitment to the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics by their respective Torch Run Programs. Special Olympics athletes were selected to be a part of the Final Leg Team based on nominations received from around the world.

World Games Hub from ESPN

ESPN just launched an online webpage dedicated exclusively to their promotion and coverage of the World Games, the Unified Relay, and the compelling stories of Special Olympics!World Games

You can check out the website here!  Be sure to check back often for more stories and information from ESPN about World Games.

View some of the great videos here!

Throwback Thursday

This Throwback Thursday goes back to June of 2014 for Special Olympics USA Games!  Louisiana sent a delegation of 101 to New Jersey to compete in the Games.

Special Olympics World Summer Games will take place this July in Los Angeles and Louisiana will send a a delegation of six (6)!  Our athletes are training hard and ready to compete LA!  Help our athletes by clicking here.

Theo Bazille on awards podium thanking Jesus