The 2017 Special Olympics Louisiana State Indoor Games are coming to Baton Rouge! Nearly 500 athletes who have qualified from various local and area competitions will be able to participate in basketball, bowling, and tennis matches. Opening Ceremonies will be held March 3rd at Team Automotive Group Sportsplex beginning at 7:00 PM, with competitions following on March 4th and 5th.
There will be lots of entertainment over the weekend, including the arrival of the Olympic torch, the Parade of Athletes, the lighting of the Olympic Flame of Hope by Local Law Enforcement officers, and much more! We encourage all community members, family, and media to come out and support our SOLA athletes! All events, including all competitions, are free and open to the public.
For more information on registration and schedules, please visit our website.
The below paragraph is a guest post from SOLA Athlete, Channing Ewing, from our Northwest Area about this past weekends State Fall Classic in Lafayette, LA.
“I had a good time in Lafayette. The staff at Pelican Park did a great job. I really enjoyed their boudin balls at the concession stand. It was great to see all my friends again. I enjoyed meeting the new Director of Sports and Competition, Matt Gore. The dance was blast as usual. I didn’t get a chance to go to Olympic Town this year, but I hope that I can next year.”
Thank you to all of our athletes, coaches, partners, sponsors, volunteers, etc. that made State Summer Games a success! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Pictured above are SOLA Athletes Robert Eagle (left) and Channing Ewing (right).
SOLA Athlete, Camrin Sandoz, was once again invited to attend the Perfect Sense Digital Pro-Am held during the Quicken Loan National PGA Tournament on June 26-30, 2016. The group of attendees included Special Olympics athletes from the United States and Canada along with golfers from The First-Tee and Feherty’s Troops First. Everyone gathered on Sunday for a welcome barbecue, which included outdoor games and activities, at Creighton Farms, and everyone got to know each other and learn the golf pairings for the week. On Monday, the group played in the Pro-Am at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, alongside a PGA professional. The golf course and clubhouse surroundings were something to admire because the course holds so much history in the Washington D.C. area. On Tuesday, the group attended Perfect Sense Headquarters and then spent the rest of the day touring Washington D.C. Wednesday was back to the course where the Perfect Sense Unified Challenge, which took place at Creighton Farms in Aldie, Virginia. Everyone was paired in groups of four, which included Special Olympics athletes, First-Tee and Feherty Troops First players. They wrapped up the trip with a visit out to Top Golf, where everyone got to show off their golfing skills while sharing stories from the week.
The highlight for Cam was running into his PGA partner from last year, Arjun Atwal, on the driving range. He greeted Arjun with a huge hug, and then he learned the gold medal he presented to Arjun last year was now framed in his home next to his other golfing awards. It is quite the honor to know a Special Olympics Louisiana Gold Medal hangs in a PGA Professional’s Trophy Room!
Cam would love to thank Special Olympics Louisiana and Perfect Sense Digital for making his trip possible!
Camp Shriver Baton Rouge begins today, June 6, 2016, and will continue through Friday, June 10, 2016. Athletes and partners from the Capital Area and Florida Parishes Area come together for a week of fun activities. Athletes of all skill levels are attending. Camp Shriver brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities for training and competition. Athletes learn new sports skills, improve individual sport performance, participate in individual and team sports, build friendships and have fun with camp volunteers.