SOLA 2015 Calendar of Events

Are you ready to be a part of Special Olympics Louisiana?  Ready to compete or volunteer?  If so, be sure to check out our events calendar!  You will find the most up-to-date listing of competitions and fundraisers that we will host in 2015.Calendar

We CANNOT WAIT to see YOU this year!

NOLA Over the Edge Wrap Up

NOLA Over the Edge was a success this past Friday in New Orleans!  Over 40 participants rappelled down Benson Tower then took aim at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office SWAT Training Facility.OTE

Throughout the day, you could hear Doug Mouton of WWLTV, speaking about the event and the participants.  New Orleans own, 610 Stompers were even on hand to show us some dance moves and rappel!  Thank you for being with us.

We would also like to thank our Partners for this event: Cox Communications, McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel and Welch LLC, Special Children’s Foundations, New Orleans Saints, Corporate Realty, Ochsner, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kenner Police Department, Grooves Entertainment, and White Donut Productions.  Thank you for your help with 2014 NOLA Over the Edge!

We hope to see you at NOLA Over the Edge next year!

Be sure and stay tuned to our Facebook page for pictures!


Current Events

Do you know when the next Special Olympics Louisiana event will be held?  Are you looking to volunteer for one of our many events?  If this is you, then head over to our brand new website and check out our current and upcoming events!  All of our events are listed for you to view at  From the next sports competition to our next fundraiser, we have it all listed for you!  Special Olympics 5-11 R&C Romaguera  (Lagrange Group)-7511

What are you waiting for?!  We can’t wait to see YOU at our next event!

Freezin’ For A Reason

The third and final Polar Plunge of the year will take place this Saturday, February 22nd in Gonzales, LA at Cabela’s (2200 W. Cabela’s Pkwy, Gonzales, LA 70737).  There are more than 100 people who have already signed up to plunge on Saturday including a few of our Special Olympics Louisiana Athletes!  If you are interested in plunging, it is not to late… Click here to register!  Once you do, head over to our Facebook page and tell us why you will be Freezin’ For A Reason!Final Polar Plunge 2014 Baton Rouge Flier Eventbrite

Thank you to all who have registered to plunge and to our generous Sponsors!  We look forward to seeing you all this weekend at Polar Plunge!

Share the Love

Feel the pride of a champion!  Don’t forget to vote for Special Olympics every day through August 26.  You can make the difference and it only takes 2 seconds! Click the picture to vote!

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Just a few days left to vote for Special Olympics to become one of five charitable partners in the 2012 Subaru “Share the Love” event.  Voting ends August 26 and we need your help to be in the top two so we can participate in the Subaru “Share the Love” event later this year.  Don’t forget you can vote every day!  Last year, Special Olympics received $613,536 as part of this program. Vote now to help support our athletes! You DO NOT have to have a Facebook account to vote.

Geaux Over the Edge

Are you a thrill seeker? Are you about to go Over the Edge? We can help!

Special Olympics Louisiana presents Over the Edge the Ultimate S.W.A.T. Experience on Friday, September 7th. Start your day by rappelling down the 26 story Benson Tower, then get flown by helicopter from the Superdome to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office SWAT facility to go through several different training courses.

Donnie Guillory goes Over the Edge

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Pictured to the left, in the middle, is Special Olympics Louisiana athlete Donnie Guillory who is up for the challenge. Donnie did Over the Edge a few years ago and is ready to tackle Benson Tower. View his Fundraising Page.

CEO Corner: Busy Times

CEO CornerPeople are busier today than ever.  The kids have to be shuffled from event to event, work day hours turn into night time hours, meals have to be prepared.  How can you give back to your community when you have so much to do? Is there ever time for fun? How do you decide to become involved in your community?  What does an organization do to make you feel needed and valued?

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

State Summer Games

State Summer Games is right around the corner… 22 days to be exact!  Are you ready?!  We are still looking for great Volunteers for this event.  If you have not signed up yet, click here to fill out the online registration form.  We need hundreds of Volunteers to make this event happen, so don’t wait, sign up today!

The event kicks off Friday May 18th with our Opening Ceremonies at the new Southeastern Track & Field Complex for 7pm.  We invite everyone to to pack the stands and cheer on our athletes!  For more information call 1-800-345-6644.


Athlete Leadership Program

Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) allow athletes to explore opportunities for participation in roles previously considered “non-traditional.” ALP’s institutes training so that our athletes can be participants in all administrative functions of the organization. Volunteer and Coaches Training sessions are setup throughout the year to train area volunteers to work effectively with athletes to build management and engage in leadership skills in all aspects of Special Olympics. Through ALPs, athletes serve on Boards of Directors or local organizing committees. Athletes excel as spokespersons, team captains, coaches and officials.

Check out some more info here.

Thomas Claverie is is part of our Athlete Leadership Program.