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Don’t forget about SOLA when you’re shopping on Amazon! Amazon Smile a great way to both. You can get your shopping done and support Special Olympics Louisiana in just a few clicks!  As you start your online shopping, we invite you to shop on Amazon by using this URL: https://smile.amazon.com/.  As you go through the process, be sure to select Special Olympics Louisiana as your charity of choice!

Happy shopping!

FireFan App

 

Banner-Ad-GirlFacpaint.jpgWhat kind of sports fan are you?
Do you call the plays before they happen? Have you ever jumped up and screamed at a fumble? Have you ever end zone danced in your living room?

If sports is your passion, we’ve got your game. Special Olympics Louisiana would like to personally invite you into the world of FireFan — the hottest interactive Sports App community ever created.

FireFan is a game changer! It’s way more than an app. Its real-time play that puts your head in the game…literally. You predict the scores. You call the plays. You decide the action. The penalties. And more…ALL IN REAL TIME. WHILE YOU ARE WATCHING THE GAME!

And even more remarkable…you get a chance to compete against your favorite sports heroes, celebs, your college buds, friends and family, or die-hard fanatics just like you.

Watch the FireFan Video.

The better your calls, the more accurate your predictions, the faster you’ll move up in the standings. The more you play, the more rewards you’ll earn!

Forget the statistics. Rely on your instincts. Ages 13 and above, any level can play. Don’t miss out. See why FireFan is getting every sports fans across America all fired up.

The game is free to download and play. Join our League by using the code “Solagamesapp” when you register, or register here to automatically join our team! You will be the first to know when the app is launched and you can download it!

I’m Ready to Play! Sign me up now! 

Don’t just watch, share with your friends and be a part of the action! FireFan. Ignite your passion and help support Special Olympics Louisiana!

Coaching Unified Sports

Bayouland Camp Shriver Unified sports playersThe National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) in conjunction with Special Olympics North America has created a new, free course titled “Coaching Unified Sports.” Check it out here

The course is very interactive and engaging. It features 4 different chapters including situational scenarios and testimonials (Kurt Warner & his wife are featured). After the course is fully completed, coaches receive a certificate stating that they completed the course. The best thing about the NFHS site is that you can take the course at your own pace. Some other unique features about the NFHS site is the “Coach Search” element and the Transcript feature. Signing up with the NFHS is free. Coaches taking this course will gain a general knowledge to successfully build an unified team.

Opening Eyes

As most of you know, Special Olympics Louisiana offers free health screenings to our athletes at various times throughout the year.  It is will great joy that we will welcome “Opening Eyes” to Healthy Athletes this October at State Fall Classic!

Special Olympics joined forces with Lions Club International in 2001 to bring athletes free vision screenings. “Athletes also receive diagnoses for vision-related problems, corrective and protective eye wear and are taught how to take better care of their eyes,” according to the Lions Club International Foundation website.

Samantha McMillan, Director of Athlete & Family Initiatives at Special Olympics Louisiana, stated “our athletes will get a better understanding of optical health.”  She also went on to say, “not only will athletes get the screening, but will be presented with giveaways to help them maintain good optical health at home.”

To learn more about Opening Eyes and Healthy Athletes click here.

Spread the Word to End the Word

Things have been CRAZY around here getting ready for our Special Guest (the surprise will be revealed tomorrow), counting scarves for the Scarf Project and getting ready for this weekend’s State Indoor Games, BUT…today is national Spread the Word to End the Word Day and it all starts with you!!!
Spread the Word to End the Word pictureSpread the Word to End the Word is a movement to eradicate the use of the word “retard” or as we call it, the “r-word”. We treat this word just like any other minority slur. We know that most people say it and don’t intend to be mean, but when you do say it, you are demeaning 3% of the world’s population.

“Everyone has a gift and the world would be better off if we recognized it.”
–Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics.

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Are You Ready?!

Check out this beautiful King Cake to get you geared up for all of the Mardi Gras parades this weekend!  It’s from our good friends and neighbors at the Cocoa Bean in Hammond, LA.  Don’t forget: right after Mardi Gras is our 2012 State Indoor Games in Baton Rouge, LA

Be sure to check out some Special Olympics Louisiana Athletes and Staff in the Krewe of Centurions in Metairie, LA next Friday, February 17th!

Happy Mardi Gras!