Today will be your last day to make an impact in 2014. Today, you can help change the life of an individual with intellectual disabilities. You can help us at Special Olympics Louisiana continue to reach out to more athletes that are currently not in our program.
Today is the last day of 2014… What will YOUR impact be?
Kathy Martinez, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, recently wrote a great story titled “Stepping Up to the Plate“ on The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor. She remarks about the connection sports and employment have on one another, and mentions the impact Special Olympics has had on the two…
“…sports are ingrained in the American psyche; they’re a cultural force. …they have the power not only to bring people together for fun and recreation, but also to shape societal attitudes.”
“Of course, sports can also have a big impact at the individual level, especially when it comes to youth. There is a powerful relationship between extracurricular activities and employment. According to data from Special Olympics, the largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities and a founding member of the ODEP-funded Campaign for Disability Employment, 52 percent of adult Special Olympics athletes in the U.S. are employed, and half of those are in competitive employment. Compare that against the estimated employment rate for adults with intellectual disabilities in general, which is 10 percent.” Read the full article here
This Wednesday, March 6th is Capitol Hill Day. It is a day when athletes, volunteers, families, and staff will speak on Capitol Hill about the impact of federally supported programming.
There will be more than 40 states represented this year and Louisiana is proud to be one of them! We will be sending our President/CEO, Mrs. Pat Carpenter Bourgeois along with one of our athletes, Camrin Sandoz and his parents. Camrin and his parents will meet with congressmen and elected officials to advocate for Special Olympics.
Today is #GivingTuesday. It is a day for all to come together to give more, but smarter during the Holiday Season. Please take a second and check out our page at FirstGiving. If you like what you see, please donate today. Thank You!
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