Louisiana among the elite “Guardians of the Flame”

James Virgil with youth in New JerseyBefore a single Special Olympics athlete approaches the starting line of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games June 14-21 in New Jersey, an elite group of individuals will serve as the “Guardians of the Flame” on a once in a lifetime journey. Officer James Virgil with the Kenner Police Department is among those who will make up the prestigious “Final Leg” team of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Final Leg team consists of 52 law enforcement officers representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia and six Special Olympics athletes who will conduct multiple, extensive runs and ceremonies in cities, towns and communities in and around New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, June 11-15, raising awareness about the 2014 USA Games and Special Olympics. The Final Leg culminates with the Final Leg Team delivering the Flame of Hope to the 2014 USA Games’ Opening Ceremony at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on June 15. Learn more about the 2014 SO USA Games.

Learn more about the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run

Learn more about the International Law Enforcement Torch Run

Laissez les bon temps bowle!

2014-SOL-Bowl-flier pg1There is still time to participate in the 12th Annual SOL Bowl. With the tagline, “Laissez les bon temps bowle!” (Let the good times bowl!) the event will take place this weekend at Colonial Bowling Lanes in Harahan, Louisiana.

Team up with past and present NFL, NBA and MLB players, as well as, local news and sports media personalities to bowl for a good cause! Special Olympics Louisiana, The NFL Players Association, Kenner and Harahan Police Departments, invite businesses and the community to register their team. This event joins businesses with local celebrities and SOLA athletes all bowling together while enjoying a day of fun, food, and music.

The event is open to the public and will be held on Sunday, May 18th at 11:30am to 3:00pm at Colonial Bowling Lanes in Harahan, Louisiana. There will be food, drinks, raffle items, awards for those who bowl a strike and a silent auction. Participants looking to join in on the fun can contact Maria Sanchez at msanchez@laso.org or call 1-800-345-6644.

Visit the website for more information.

Calling all LETR to join us in the Big Easy

Special Olympics Louisiana will host the 2014 International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference for Special Olympics this September. We invite all members of LETR from across the globe to attend and Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Laissez les bon temps bowle!

The 11th Annual SOL Bowl was a huge success! With the 2013 tagline being Laissez les bon temps bowle (translation=Let the good time bowl) we definitely did! Overall more than $15,000 was raised for Special Olympics Louisiana programs. Our athletes had a wonderful time mingling with the local businesses and celebrities.  Some of the celebrities included members of the New Orleans Saints, Voodoo, local TV & Radio personalities as well as several retired NFL players. View the pictures

Thanks to the event sponsors for making this SOL Bowl the best yet! Turkey Sponsors: Skanska, MAPP & Treasure Chest Casino. Strike Sponsors: Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club & Laser Amusement. Spare Sponsors: Otto Candies, RJK Insurance, Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers, Walmart, Harahan Police Department, Kenner Police Department, Colonial Bowling Lanes and the New Orleans Chapter of the NFL Players Association.

 

Calling all Law Enforcement

Do you know someone in Law Enforcement? Are they part of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run Movement? If not, we want them!

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) partners law enforcement agencies to promote awareness & relationship building between officers & persons with intellectual disabilities.  It is the largest grassroots fundraising event & has become the most highly successful public awareness campaign in our history. Special Olympics Louisiana has over 150 agencies involved in the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run Movement and they raised over $270,000 for us last year alone! Learn more

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Local representative goes to Korea

Ninoska Guggenheim, with Kenner Police Department, is the Louisiana representative at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games. She is taking part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg and will be running all over Korea spreading our message! Check out the LETR Final Leg site

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Law Enforcement officials and Special Olympics athletes, unified together as a part of the Final Leg Team, will serve as true Guardians of the Flame™ and promote the powerful messages of inclusion, acceptance, and ability every step of our Final Leg journey to promote the 2013 Winter World Games. The 2013 Korea Final Leg Torch Run will be held from 21 January to 29 January 2013 culminating with the arrival of the Flame of Hope™ by the Guardians of the Flame, the Final Leg team in  Pyeongchang, Korea for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.