Camp Shriver – Shreveport!

Camp Shriver is taking place in Shreveport this week!  This 3-day camp will feature athletes and unified partners playing on the SAME team.  Throughout the year, we host Camp Shrivers in locations throughout the state.  To learn more about Camp Shriver, please click here.Camp Shriver-Shreveport 2

To view a few pictures from Camp Shriver in Shreveport, click here.

Camp Shriver

Camp Shriver is taking place in Baton Rouge this week!  Camp Shriver

What is Camp Shriver, you ask?  Camp Shriver brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities for training and competition each summer.  The primary goals are to provide another level of challenge and promote inclusion.  Camps take place in many cities throughout LA.  Camp Shriver will in many, if not most, cases, help supplement on-going local community school activities.

For more information on Camp Shriver, please click here or call us at 1-800-345-6644.

People First Language

People first language is important to our organization and our athletes.  By using this, our athletes are looked at for the person they are, or the things they have accomplished before their disability is known.People First Language

In a recent blog post from Special Olympics guest blogger, Daniel Smrokowski,  he describes people first language by stating, “In other words, the person is named before the adjective or descriptive phrase referring to the person. It helps to memorize a simple example…”

Read the full blog post here.

Open(ing) Your Eyes

Opening Eyes is one one six (6) Healthy Athletes disciplines that Special Olympics Louisiana offers!  The latest Opening Eyes session was held at State Summer Games Opening Eyesthis past May in Hammond, LA and saw 117 athletes participate.  This discipline will also take place at State Fall Classic this October in Carencro, LA.

Learn more about Opening Eyes here.

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!

Changing Minds

It seems that everyday, Special Olympics is changing the way people think of our athletes.  It may take one at a time, but we are all trying to Spread the Word.  Marc Bernard Ackerman  was one person who’s mind has been changed.  Special Smiles

Mr. Ackerman recently attended a train-the-trainer event for Healthy Athletes Special Smiles and had his whole perspective changed!

Read his recent blog post here.


Athletes Learn the Game

As most of you know the NCAA Final 4 is in New Orleans this year.  Four of the best teams in college hoops competed on Saturday, with the Kentucky Wildcats and the Kansas Jayhawks prevailing as the teams to play in the championship tonight!  Before the the championship tonight in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, we wanted to share a couple of pictures from the clinic some of our athletes attended yesterday sponsored by the NCAA.  Our athletes were given the chance to learn from some of the best college coaches across the country including University of New Orleans Head Coach Mark Slessigner.  Other universities represented were George Washington and St. Paul’s to name a few…

Our athletes were put through drills such as passing, catching, shooting, and dribbling to better understand the game.  After the drills, our athletes competed against the coaches in a full-court game!

Many thanks to all of the coaches, Special Olympics North America staff, The New Orleans Convention Center, and the NCAA for hosting Special Olympics Louisiana!