2016 Rivalry Series: McNeese State University vs. Nicholls State University Unified Flag Football Game

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Lake Charles, LA – Special Olympics Louisiana will play host to an In-State Unified Flag Football Rivalry Series featuring McNeese State University vs. Nicholls State University. This event is free and open to the public.

The event will take place on Saturday October 1, 2016 at McNeese State University’s Recreational Center, 4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA 70605, at 10:30 AM promptly. Award presentation will held immediately after the game. For more information visit our website at www.laso.org.

A support staff of more than 30 volunteers will serve in jobs ranging from competition setup, breakdown, to team assistance. Contact Colin Laborde for more information at (800) 345-6644.

Click here to join the fundraising movement by helping your school’s Unified team raise the most money before game day.  The team that raises the most money by game day will start their Rivalry Game with an advantage! Make sure your team starts off on the right foot by raising money or donating to your team today. You can even earn awesome prizes as you donate!

Thank You, WWE!

This past weekend, we had the wonderful opportunity to promote the Special Olympics World Summer Games and the Unified Relay Across America at WWE events in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles!

Gerren, Landa, Carol, and Cindy will be part of the delegation from Louisiana that will attend Special Olympics World Summer Games!

Gerren, Landa, Carol, and Cindy will be part of the delegation from Louisiana that will attend Special Olympics World Summer Games!

We met some really great people and hope they are just as excited for these events as we are!

A HUGE thank you to WWE and the great people at WWE Community!  Thank you for the opportunity!

#WWEBatonRouge #WWELakeCharles

WWE and Special Olympics Louisiana

This weekend, WWE will be in at the River Center in Baton Rouge and Civic Center in Lake Charles, LA.  If you are going, be sure to look for the Special Olympics Louisiana booth!  We will be there talking about the 2015 World Summer Games, the Unified Relay Across America, and of course, WWE and their awesome commitment to Special Olympics!

We hope to see you at one of the WWE events this weekend.

Thank you WWE for this great opportunity!

#WWEBatonRouge  #WWELakeCharles

Polar Plunge


What is it?  The Polar Plunge is one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest fundraisers, attracting hundreds of people to an otherwise deserted waterhole in the winter. Crowd favorites at this event include the Costume contest, musical entertainment, gigantic Ice sculpture, as well as vendor displays and giveaways.

Who? Individuals and teams from businesses and organizations, alongside our athletes and thousands of community members, experience heartwarming and bone chilling extremes as they take the plunge into the icy cold water during the winter for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes!!

Don’t have what it takes? Come watch! If taking an icy dip isn’t for you, then come be a fan of fun as you watch folks Run, Plunge, and Freeze for a great cause. The Polar Plunge is open to the public and also features musical entertainment, food, costumes, ice sculptures, vendor displays, children’s activities and more. There is no fee to view the Plunge, but donations are always welcomed.

For more information and a list of locations click here.

Leadership Highlights

As we talked about last week, SOLA hosted a leadership conference in Lake Charles, LA this past weekend. Athletes, partners, coaches, and family members participated in this two day conference which featured fun, interactive games and some vital lessons on social media and the formula for good leadership: Participation + Responsibility + Strategy = LEADERSHIP!

We found many good leaders that will take our organization to the next level!

Athlete Leadership

Unified Leadership Workshop

This weekend, February 7-8, the Special Olympics Louisiana community will come together in Lake Charles, LA for a Unified Leadership Workshop.  Athletes, partners, coaches, family members and volunteers will meet to learn how to become better leaders in their specified areas.SOLA Youth Leaders

The week will kick off with a general session on Friday evening, followed by some fun leadership games! Sessions will focus on such topics as “The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media” & “How to conduct yourself as a leader.”

Check back next week for some photos from the workshop!

Freezin for a Reason

2014PolarPlunge Logo+ElementsThe 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges for Special Olympics Louisiana are just around the corner…with the theme Freezin for a Reason, this is sure to be the most Freezin’ Polar Plunge yet!

Pick a location to see more information:

February 8th – Shreveport, Louisiana

February 15th – Lake Charles, Louisiana

February 22nd – Gonzales, Louisiana

Don’t want to plunge? Volunteer!

Polar Plunge this Saturday!

This Saturday, March 2nd, we will host 3 Polar Plunges across the state. There will be one in Gonzales, Lake Charles, and Shreveport.

Polar Plunge

Are you crazy enough to jump in a freezing cold lake while raising money for Special Olympics Louisiana?! There is still time to register…You can do so here!

Check out our YouTube video on Polar Plunge.

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Shiver Sponsor:

Arctic Sponsor: Yokem Toyota
Freezin’ Sponsors: New Covenant Realty, Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Calcasieu Parish & McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana
Media Partners:      

Freezin’ For a Reason

On March 2, 2013, folks will be ‘Freezin For a Reason.’  How, yoFG logou ask?  By jumping into a freezing cold lake!

There will be 3 plunges across Louisiana on Mach 2nd… Gonzales, Shreveport, and Lake Charles.

Click here for more info.

Scared to take the plunge?  Then, volunteer!