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On behalf of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run Movement and Special Olympics Louisiana, we would like to invite you to the 2018 Official Torch Lighting Ceremony.

When: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 8:30 AM
Where: North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge. 

Across the state, members of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run carry the “Flame of Hope” while running 1,000+ miles to raise awareness and funds that help improve the quality of life for our 15,106 athletes. This event has become the largest fundraising and media awareness event for Special Olympics world wide, and we would love to share our enthusiasm and success with you! The ceremony will kick off the final run of the 2018 Torch Run week and lead to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 State Summer Games for Special Olympics Louisiana.

Please join us!

Acadiana Athletes Recognized

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The Acadiana Area athletes, partners, and coaches who competed at the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey were honored yesterday at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

The Acadiana Area brought home a total of 20 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals, 9 Bronze medals, 9 fourth place ribbons, 2 fifth place ribbons, 1 seventh place ribbon, 1 eighth place ribbon, and 1 participation ribbon, totaling 48 awards! These Special Olympics Louisiana athletes, unified partners, and coaches represented Louisiana with honor and pride. They have exhibited great sportsmanship, talent, and respect. We salute you for your strong dedication and hard work.

Special thanks to Representative Nancy Landry for making it all possible.

Capitol Hill Day

Today, delegations of Special Olympics athletes, Program leaders, and family members from 39 states will participate in Special Olympics’ 12th annual “Capitol Hill Day.”

Special Olympics participants and supporters will converge in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional leaders to urge their continued commitment to ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Special Olympics are top of mind when critical decisions are made for the country. Throughout the day, athletes and ambassadors will meet face-to-face with their Congressional representatives.

Special Olympics Louisiana has 3 representatives taking part in Capitol Hill Day tomorrow, President and CEO, Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, Athlete, Logan Dahlquist, and Unified Partner, Tristen Louviere.

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Anna Leach and Sean Adams pose for a picture while in Washington DC

Anna Leach and Sean Adams pose for a picture while in Washington DC

Tomorrow, Special Olympics athletes, family members, staff and leaders will converge in Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for our 11th annual Capitol Hill Day, to advocate for critical funds that enable Special Olympics to offer its life and community-changing work, particularly in the areas of health and education.

Special Olympics Louisiana has 4 representatives taking part in Capitol Hill Day tomorrow, President and CEO, Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, Director of External Relations, Craig Oser, Bayouland Athlete, Sean Adams and Unified Partner, Anna Leach. They will meet with Representatives Vance McAllister, Cedric Richmond and Steve Scalise, as well as, staff members for Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter and Representatives Charles Boustany, Jr., Bill Cassidy, and John Fleming.

People with IDD are a population that is far too often ignored and subject to stigma and stereotype that has real and significant social consequences – consequences that are particularly profound in the areas of healthcare and education. Special Olympics, in partnership with the U.S. Government, is helping to address these issues through highly impactful, cost-effective programs.

You can join us! Please support Special Olympics Louisiana by contacting your Senator or Representative to ask them to support the critical impact work of our organization. http://www.contactingthecongress.org

Take it to the Hill

Special Olympics Louisiana has sent three representatives to the annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington D.C.. Tomorrow they will meet with representatives and senators to talk about the importance of Special Olympics and our programming. Pictured below are Unified Partner Casey Cantrelle and Special Olympics Louisiana athlete Tiffany Hebert on their way to DC!

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