Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge TONIGHT

The 15th Annual Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge kicks off tonight located in Downtown Hammond, Louisiana. More Than 60 KCBS TEAMS from around the U.S. will compete against each other and local teams for more than $12,000 in Cash & Prizes. This year’s event will also feature 60+ local teams competing in the Backyard Boogie and the Lamar Outdoor Advertising Chicken Little Contest, making this event the largest BBQ event in the State of Louisiana for the 15th year in a row.
The event also features local bands from around the region playing music on the Northshore Broadcasting stage both Friday night and Saturday. Come and enjoy world class BBQ and listen to local favorites. The Smokin’ Hammond BBQ Challenge is a FREE event. No tickets required. Make sure to visit the Backyard Boogie Contestant area for some delicious treats – Tip-2-Taste! All donations from Tip-2-Taste benefit local charities, including Special Olympics Louisiana!

The Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge is an event where BBQ lovers and the community can come together as one to have a ton of fun in experiencing great people, great food, and great music. We hope to see you there!

Project Unify

Project Unify will kick off Year 7 this September and we are happy to be a Project Unify Athlete and Partnerpart of this great movement!  Here is a great saying that depicts what Project Unify really is… You can’t spell “Challenge without Change!”  Because, with Project Unify, we are facing the challenges and changing the world!


BBQ Challenge

We are only 2 days away from the Blues and BBQ Challenge!  We will get things kicked off this Friday at 4pm in front of the Hammond Police Station.  There will be great music, great food, and great people.

Come out to downtown Hammond and support Special Olympics Louisiana!  Visit the website, for more info and for a schedule of entertainment.  You can also take a class to learn how to cook with the pros…

10th Annual Smokin’ Blues & BBQ Challenge

BQQ Challenge Photo

On Friday, March 22nd & Saturday, March 23rd come out and join Special Olympics at the largest sanction BBQ event in Louisiana! Everyone and anyone who wants to have a great time is invited!! We will be in the center of Downtown Hammond, LA all day with great music, food, and drinks!

Judges are still needed, so for more information on the Blues and BBQ Challenge visit the website today!

Encouraging the Best

CEO CornerIt would be interesting to know how you challenge or encourage your spouse, your child, your friends, to become the best person they can be. How do you encourage them to excel? To be better tomorrow than they are today?  Give us your thoughts.

Pat Carpenter Bourgeois
President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana

Super Service Challenge – Vote

The Brees Dream Foundation and Companies With A Mission will give away $1,000,000 to the charities of the winning teams! Prizes for the charities will range between $2,000 – $25,000.

Special Olympics Louisiana is one of the charities in the running for this competition. So please do vote for us! Go to the website and search for Special Olympics and then vote. Voting ends on January 18th.


YOUR words could equal 150lbs!

Virgil Atkinson at beginning of Weight Loss ChallengeVirgil Atkinson is a 42 year old Special Olympics Louisiana athlete from Livingston, Louisiana. He currently weighs 371lbs. and has diabetes. Virgil is a regular around the Special Olympics Louisiana office and has attended various events around the world on our behalf.

One Special Olympics Louisiana staff member has challenged Virgil to lose 150 pounds by his birthday in September. If he completes this task, the staff member will buy Virgil a laptop.  If he loses an additional 50lbs. by December, he will get a Wii Fit. Virgil has accepted the challenge and is starting today!

Today, from YOU, we would like words of encouragement for Virgil. Please post, reply, share, etc. as we would like to get as many helpful hints and motivational responses for every pound Virgil intends to lose.We will provide updates monthly! Your words could equal 150lbs.!