State Summer Games starts TOMORROW!

State Summer Games will kick off tomorrow evening with our Military flag football game at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Strawberry Stadium for 6pm!  After the game, Opening Ceremonies will get under way for 7:30pm.  We invite all to be a Fan in the Stands tomorrow night and cheer on our athletes!  You will witness the arrival of the Olympic Torch, escorted by Law Enforcement officers completing the 1,000-mile Torch Run relay, the lighting of the “Flame of Hope” and the Parade of Athletes.Fans in the Stands flier

Then, on Saturday, the fun continues as we start competition!  Our athletes have trained long and hard for this event and are ready to go.  They will compete in the sports of athletics, bocce, power lifting, and volleyball.  Along with these competitions on Saturday, Healthy Athletes and Olympic Town will be taking place.  Competition will wrap up on Sunday afternoon.

We would also like to mention that Raising Cane’s in Hammond, LA will be doing a fundraiser for Special Olympics Louisiana on Saturday and Sunday!  On Saturday, look for the Raising Cane’s tent by the track.  Here, you can purchase tea and lemonade for $1 and all proceeds will benefit Team Louisiana.  Then, on Sunday, head over to the Raising Cane’s location (2035 W. Thomas St. Hammond, LA) between the hours of 10am-2pm and MENTION Special Olympics Louisiana!  Cane’s will donate 15% of the profits to SOLA!

Well, there you have it folks.  We look forward to seeing you at State Summer Games this weekend!  Oh, one more thing…be sure to Facebook and tweet us this weekend using #SOLASG!

Don’t be caught Freezin’ without a Reason

Are you freezing? Wouldn’t you rather be Freezin’ for a Reason? We can help! Make the reason Special Olympics Louisiana. Our annual Freezin’ for a Reason Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge (R) for Special Olympics Louisiana is this month! We will have three location for you to choose from: February 8th in Shreveport, February 15th in Lake Charles and February 22nd in Gonzales. Check out our youtube video with all the information you need to know about the Polar Plunge!

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…

Blues and BBQ was a smokin’ success

Hammond Blues and BBQ photoThank you to all of those who came out the Hammond Blues and BBQ Challenge to support Special Olympics Louisiana this past weekend. Total money raised and pictures to come via our Facebook page.

Special Olympics Louisiana’s Maria Sanchez remarks, “We were so pleasantly surprised by the number of people that came out to support our charity and enjoy the wonderful weather and food. Next year will be the 10th year of the Blues and BBQ Challenge which we are hoping will be the biggest year yet!”

Local newspaper, the Hammond Daily Star, ran a nice article about the entire event. It stated: “…The Piggly Wiggly People’s Choice alone garnered $11,349…”. “It turned out to be very profitable,” event coordinator Cindy Shannon said of the competition….”. “…The 66 teams in the Walmart Backyard Boogie competition ranged from local Hammond businesses, to teams of relatives and neighbors, to groups from Covington and Mandeville…”. Read the full article

Learn more about the Hammond Blues and BBQ Challenge