Officer Honored for Work with SOLA

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We would like to congratulate Major Ward Webb with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Department for receiving The Merit Award for his dedication and support of Special Olympics Louisiana!

According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office “Major Ward Webb was recognized and given an Award of Merit by Sheriff Wiley.

Major Webb has been involved in Special Olympics and for several years he has dedicated hundreds of hours of his time, both on duty and off duty, to improve the lives of special needs children. Under his guidance the Law Enforcement Torch Run has grown from a handful to scores of participants and the Polar Plunge has grown from grossing just $700 in its first year to bringing in over $54,000 in 2014!

Through Major Ward Webb’s personal efforts the APSO was showcased on an International Level before 1,200 attendees at the International Conference in New Orleans last month and the Award of Merit he received today was earned by his hard work and dedication to a special cause!”

We would like to send a huge hug and many thanks to Major Ward Webb for everything you do for SOLA and the athletes! You deserve it!

Letter to Ann Coulter

John Franklin Stephens, Special Olympics Virginia Athlete, was deeply offended when Ann Coulter used the R-word in a tweet following the last presidential debate. He took a stand and explained to not only her, but to the world how to exceed expectations and how offensive certain words can be.
He stated in his letter, “Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor. ”

“The word retard is offensive and I should not be a symbol for someone who is dumb and shallow,” Stephens said. “If they wanted to use me as a symbol, use me as a symbol for someone who fights adversity.”
Stephen ended the letter and left an impact on the word by stating, “No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.”

Read the full letter here.

2012 Sports Awards Banquet

Each year Special Olympics Louisiana recognizes outstanding individuals, companies, and organizations that make a significant contribution to the Special Olympics program.  This year, 13 individuals or groups will be awarded for their contributions to Special Olympics Louisiana in 2011. Winners will be honored at the “Spirit of Special Olympics Sports Awards Banquet”, July 21, 2012 at the FOP Wedding and Reception Hall in Baton Rouge, LA. This event is being sponsored by Extreme Catering, LLC.

F. CARL ROWAN OUTSTANDING CIVIC ORGANIZATION
The Knights of Columbus St. Peter Council #12906
JOHANNA P. BRESCHER OUTSTANDING GAMES VOLUNTEER
Tommy Raborn
OTTO P. ESTES MEMORIAL FAMILY AWARD
The Moore Family
OUTSTANDING SOLA COACH
Shirley Green
OUTSTANDING SOLA FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Patricia “Patty” Westrope
OUTSTANDING SOLA MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Steven Tookes
OUTSTANDING MEDIA – PRINT
Alexandria Town Talk
OUTSTANDING MEDIA – RADIO
Guaranty Broadcasting
OUTSTANDING SCHOOL
Sulphur High School
ELLEN KING GILLENTINE MEMORIAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Dan Ramos
LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN TOP RUNNER
James Virgil
LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN TOP AREA
Jefferson Area Kenner Police Department
HALL OF FAME
Glenn  Drude, Jr.

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Athletes Honored at Voodoo Football Game

This past Saturday, 22 of our athletes were honored at the New Orleans Voodoo game.  Each athlete was called by name and their accomplishments were called out by the “Voice of the Voodoo.”

Along with being honored at half time, each athlete was able to attend the game and were able to meet some of the Voodoo Dolls.  Our athletes had a great time and were overjoyed at the opportunity to stand on the field of the Voodoo.

 

A huge thanks to everyone at the New Orleans Voodoo for honoring our athletes!  Good luck with the restof your season.

Who is the #1 Non-Profit serving those with disabilities?

Philanthropedia MedalWE ARE!

Special Olympics has earned the number one spot on a newly released national list of high-impact non-profit organizations serving people with disabilities.

“On behalf of our entire Special Olympics movement worldwide, we are honored to be given this prestigious ranking from Philanthropedia,” said Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics.   Read the full article