Louisiana athlete part of history

Theo Bazille on awards podium thanking JesusOn June 30 at 6PM CST, a first in the history of Special Olympics USA Games will occur and we want YOU to be a part of it! Thanks to USA Games Founding Partners WWE and 21st Century Fox, the first-ever nationally televised show, recapping a USA Games, will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

“Celebrating Champions” is a one-hour television event that will celebrate the Games, highlight competition, ceremonies, special events, Special Olympics initiatives, and most importantly, will show the Games through the eyes of the athletes themselves. One of the featured athletes, is Louisiana’s very own, Theodore Bazille! Check out the teaser video here: Post by Special Olympics USA Games.

We want to get as many people as possible to tune in so we are asking YOU to join us in getting the word out!

What do you need to do? Watch!

  • Mark your calendar now to tune in at 6PM CST on June 30 to watch “Celebrating Champions” on FOX Sports 1
  • Not sure if you get FOX Sports 1? Visit www.foxsports1.com and enter your zip code and cable provider to find your local FOX Sports 1 channel number and/or availability.
  • Don’t have FOX Sports 1 where you live? No problem! It will be streamed on the FOX Sports Go App (free) as well. Download the App now: http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsportsgo/
  • Have a viewing party! Gather your friends, family, colleagues and teammates to watch this one-time-only broadcast of “Celebrating Champions.” Then share your viewing party photos with us. We want to see who has the biggest, best and/or most spirited viewing parties in the USA! Remember to tag the 2014 USA Games, FOX Sports 1 and WWE so lots of people see your awesome photos!

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45th Anniversary

Special Olympics Louisiana 1968 pic

SOLA’s original 11 athletes from 1968

This weekend, Saturday, July 20th marks our 45th anniversary! Special Olympics Louisiana was founded on July 20, 1968 with 11 athletes and 4 coaches participating in athletics and aquatics. Today, 45 years later we have 13,706 athletes and 2,633 coaches participating in over 17 sports. We are proud of where we have come from. Thank you to all who had a part in helping us get here!

How It All Began

With more than 43 years under our belt, many may not know just how  Special Olympics became such an influential part of society.

To know this, we look back today on one very important person, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. It all began with a vision that all children with an intellectual disability would have a place to be play safely and become something greater than what society expected. She then took action and began a summer day camp in her very own back yard. This small beginning grew into the global greatness we know today as the Special Olympics, reaching more than 150 countries worldwide.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver has forever changed the lives of many athletes, volunteers, and coaches. She will be remembered as a woman who used her many worldly advantages purposefully to make a better world for the intellectually disabled.

“Her voice will echo each time the oath is recited, her fire will burn each time the flame is lit and her legacy will live and grow through every athlete in every competition, daily, around the world.” – Nelson Mandela, a former President of South Africa

2012 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day

This weekend marks several important milestones and celebrations for the Special Olympics Movement. 50 years ago this week, Eunice Kennedy Shriver wrote an article in the Saturday Evening Post  that for the first time shared her family’s personal story – their hopes and struggles on behalf of her sister Rosemary, who had an intellectual disability. This Saturday, 22 September, we carry on her legacy to unleash the gifts and talents of people with intellectual disabilities as we celebrate the third annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day. Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Tim Shriver reflects on that legacy in this special video message:

Tim Shriver talks about 2012 EKS Day

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all! We sincerely appreciate the father’s that are involved in Special Olympics Louisiana whether it be as a coach, volunteer, etc. Thank you for all you do!

Did you know? Father’s day is celebrated in 127 countries!

Billy and Josh Parks at National Games

Billy & Josh Parks – 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games

A little history: Father’s Day was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd,  from Spokane, Washington.  Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane, Washington. After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors hadn’t enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. More