Hammond Blues & BBQ!

Downtown Hammond, LA will be hosting its annual Smokin’ BBQ Challenge March 24th-March 25th, 2017. Special Olympics Louisiana is very fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries of this event.

Judges are needed, so if you’d like to become a judge for the Backyard Boogie contest, Click Here.full-bg

Interested in cooking?
You can register a team in the Backyard Boogie Competition by clicking here.

The Backyard Boogie contest is for BBQ enthusiast to prove to his/her friends they have some of the best BBQ in our local hometown cooking competition.

Head over to www.hammondbbq.com for more information!


Volunteers and Interns Needed

Tomorrow we will be at the Southeastern Louisiana University Career Fair from 9am-2:30pm.  If you are a current or former SLU student, please come stop by our table and sign up to volunteer or intern with us!  SOLA Logo

Even if you cannot make the Career Fair tomorrow (or you are a student at a different university) please click here for more information on volunteering and interning with Special Olympics Louisiana.

We are always on the look out for great people, so be sure to get in touch with us to learn more about our volunteer and internship opportunities!

Support SOLA at Hot August Night TONIGHT!

SOLA LogoIf you’re in the Hammond area, come out and support Special Olympics Louisiana tonight, August 12, at Hot August Nights. From 6pm-10pm, SOLA will be selling nachos and hamburgers in the Kids Zone. Stop by, say hi to some of our athletes, and grab a bite to eat!

See you there!


State Summer Games RECAP

The below paragraph is a guest post from SOLA Athlete, Channing Ewing, from our Northwest Area about this past weekends State Summer Games in Hammond, LA. IMG_5197

“I had a great time meeting everyone  at the Sports Awards Ceremony and on Friday night and giving winners their awards.  I had a lots of fun on Saturday at Olympic Town. I enjoyed seeing the mascots and the pets on Saturday. They were awesome and amazing. The dance was a blast as usual. If it weren’t for all of the volunteers, coaches and a host of other people, Special Olympics would not be possible. If you like what we are doing tell a friend!”

– Channing

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) at the 2016 State Summer Games in Hammond, LA.

State Summer Games

State Summer Games is right around the corner!  May 20-22nd to be exact.  The event will kick off on Friday, May 20th inside Southeastern’s Strawberry Stadium at 7:30pm for Opening Ceremonies.  We invite all to attend to witness the Flame of Hope and the parade of athletes!

Then on Saturday athletes will compete in athletics, bocce, power lifting, and volleyball.  ALL events are free and open to the public.  Come cheer on our athletes as they compete!

There are still volunteer opportunities available.  Please click here to register.

We can’t wait to see YOU at State Summer Games!

Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge

The 13th Annual Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge is on March 25-26, 2016 located in Downtown Hammond, Louisiana. On Friday, March 25, the festival hours will be from 4:00 p.m. until 10 p.m. and on Saturday, March 26, the festival hours will be from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Also, on Friday, March 25, Big Al & The Heavyweights will be performing their fun and entertaining music from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. All contests will begin on Saturday, March 26. There will be three BBQ contests including  the Miller Lite KCBS Contest, the Walmart Backyard Boogie Contest, and the LAMAR Chicken Little Cfull-bgontest. Judging will begin at 12 noon and each team will be competing for first place with ribs, brisket, chicken, and pork. Set aside from all of the fun, one of the most important aspects of the Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge is that the event raises money for deserving non-profit organizations of Tangipahoa Parish. All proceeds will be going to local charities and Special Olympics Louisiana is one of the 11 beneficiaries.  Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge is an event where BBQ lovers and the community can come together as one to have a ton of fun in experiencing great people, great food, and great music. We hope to see you there!


Knights of Columbus Steak Dinner

This past weekend, The Knights of Columbus Council in Hammond, LA hosted it annual Steak Dinner.  Special Olympics Louisiana was once again chosen as a beKnights of Columbus logoneficiary for this great fundraiser!

We want to say a HUGE thank you to the Knights of Columbus for once again including us, along with everyone who purchased tickets to the event!  THANK YOU!