Welcome Mary Davis as Special Olympics International CEO!

Welcome Mary Davis as Special Olympics CEO!

Pasdsa.jpglease join us and the entire Special Olympics movement in congratulating Mary Davis who, as of May 12, officially became CEO of Special Olympics!

Mary has been serving as acting CEO since last fall, taking on the role with enthusiasm and efficiency, in addition to continuing on as Regional President and Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.

We echo Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver’s words: “Her dedication to our movement has been an inspiration to me and many of you for years, and I have full confidence that we will continue to benefit from her extraordinary leadership for years to come.”

Read the full message from Tim Shriver about Mary’s appointment

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,


Pat Carpenter Bourgeois

President and CEO, Special Olympics Louisiana

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.


CEO Corner

Many peopleceo-corner are not aware that Special Olympics sports is a catalyst through which our athletes build self-esteem, courage, pride and friendships. 

Many people are not aware that Special Olympics Louisiana has to raise $2 million each year in Louisiana in order to provide these life changing qualities in our athletes.

Many people are not aware we need their time and money to help us offer our programs to our athletes.

Please help us spread the word – our athletes need your support.

Click here to support Special Olympics Louisiana. 

Pat Carpenter Bourgeois
President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana

CEO Corner- Joy of Sport

CEO CornerSpecial Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, everyday around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face.

I just heard another fantastic story of how Special Olympics Louisiana is building self-confidence. The father of one of our athletes told us his son never really talked much and would not look people in the eye. Since he has become involved in Special Olympics, he has changed. He is now talking with people, shaking hands, and looking them in the eye.  We are making a difference to those who are in our program, and we need to offer this program to the more than 120,000 of those who have not yet had the chance.

People with special needs are often the most caring of people. They do things without expectations of reward. They do things because it seems right to them. I challenge YOU. Bring a friend who has never been to a Special Olympics event to the next one you attend, talk to someone in your school with special needs that you wouldn’t typically hangout with, sign up now to volunteer, coach, or play unified with us! You can even make a difference by donating today! Join me in celebrating those people with special needs who have true hearts and true spirits. If you would like to help us instill confidence, change attitudes, and get more than you give, contact Special Olympics Louisiana. You can make the difference.

Pat Carpenter Bourgeois
President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana


What it means to Volunteer

CEO CornerLately, I have talked to many people who have recounted their volunteer stories and what it means to volunteer.  I have seen a common thread running through each story.  Volunteers talk about how they became involved in Special Olympics because they wanted to help Special Olympics athletes.  The volunteers ultimately learned THEY were the ones who benefited from their volunteerism.  They shared stories of being emotionally moved by getting to know our athletes; they have been touched by hearing athlete stories of overcoming adversity; and inspired through stories of athletes becoming more than they dreamed they could become. Do you have a volunteer story you would like to share?

– Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, Special Olympics Louisiana President and CEO

25 years…and still counting

Glenn Drude, Jr.

Yesterday, we had the privilege to celebrate an incredible journey.  A journey in competition and workmanship.  Glenn Drude, Jr. was honored at a reception for his 25th year as an employee of Special Olympics Louisiana!

Family, friends, and dignitaries, including the Mayor’s of Hammond, LA and Ponchatoula, LA, were on hand to honor Glenn for his dedication to SOLA.  Timothy Shriver, CEO of Special Olympics, also wrote a personalized letter to Glenn thanking him for his 25 years of service to Special Olympics Louisiana.

Here is to another 25 years, Glenn!

Special Olympics teaches…

CEO CornerSeveral months ago I was talking with a parent of a Special Olympics athlete.  I asked the Dad how Special Olympics had impacted his family.  His response was, “Special Olympics has made it okay for people to look at people with disabilities”.  Immediately I knew what he meant.  Many of us were raised not to stare at people with disabilities.  Special Olympics made it okay to look, and made it okay to engage persons with disabilities in conversation and to have them as friends.  If you have a child with a disability, if you are a volunteer, what has Special Olympics taught you?

– Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana

CEO Corner – Talent

CEO CornerMany of you watch the popular television show, “America’s Got Talent”.  Did you know Special Olympics athletes have talent. Some of our athletes can sing beautifully, draw and paint.  Do you know of someone who has a terrific talent within Special Olympics Louisiana?

Pat Carpenter Bourgeois
President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana