SOLA Athletes Shine at World Games

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As you may know, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games are underway until August 2nd. Special Olympics Louisiana proudly sent a delegation of 6 people (4 Athletes, 1 Unified Partner, and 1 Sports Manager) to compete as part of Special Olympics USA.

As of now, the Louisiana delegation has been awarded 4 Gold Medals, two 4th place ribbons,  and a 7th place ribbon. The competition continues through Sunday so stay tuned for the latest updates and don’t forget to #Cheer4USA!

To see the complete listing of Special Olympics USA’s results, click here.

SOLA Flag Football Team on TODAY Show!

This Friday, October 24, at 7:15am CST, tune into the TODAY Show as our flag football team, who recently won the Gold Medal at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games this past June, will be featured in a live spot from New Orleans!  Flag Football winning gold

The weekly segment, called “Together We Make Football,” features stories from around the country.  We are very happy that the TODAY Show chose Special Olympics to feature.  The team was also filmed a few weeks back at the Saints training facility and also at USA Games.

Be sure to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.  If you cannot watch the show live, be sure to set your DVR!

 

Special Olympics Athlete Competes for Magazine Cover

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Special Olympics Indiana Athlete, Andrew Peterson, is competing to be on the cover of Runner’s World Magazine. The 21 year old Indianapolis resident recently won 3 Gold medals in running at the USA Games this summer in New Jersey. Peterson told Runner’s World “For several years I have motivated many Special Olympics athletes to believe in themselves, train harder, and improve their times. Running has also allowed me to inspire hundreds of people on and off the track. Last year I started speaking to high school students about including others and accepting them.” Please take a moment and vote for Andrew who has advanced into the top 2 for the cover spot. Let’s help one of our athletes achieve his dream! You can vote for him by clicking here. GO ANDREW!

 

Medal Monday: A Memorable Award

At the recent 2014 USA Games, Special Olympics Louisiana Southwest athlete, Virgilene Cagle won a gold medal in her softball throw division. She was awarded her gold medal by none other than, Special Olympics Chairman of the Board, Doctor Tim Shriver. We love watching Virgilene’s excitement in this video and think it’s perfect for Medal Monday!