You have read about and know that State Summer Games will take place on May 24-26th (Memorial Day Weekend) in Hammond, LA on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University. But, did you know that our Opening Ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 24th at 7:30p in Strawberry Stadium? It’s true! We want you to be a FAN in the Stands! Come out an cheer on our athletes!
It’s not Special if no one is there to see it! Come cheer on our athletes as they parade into Strawberry Stadium.
But, wait, there’s more! Starting at 6:00p, a flag football game will take place in the stadium featuring members of the military and Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! Plus, outside the stadium, there will be a car show from the Golden Oldies Motor Club and you can purchase concessions from Walmart!
Once you have taken a look at the cars and grabbed a bite to eat, head into Strawberry Stadium to yell, stomp, and cheer for our athletes!
SO College is program that partners colleges with Special Olympic athletes. Ultimately, it unites college students to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sports, friendship, advocacy and other activities.
We recently sat down with Samantha McMillan, who oversees SO College for Special Olympics Louisiana to ask her some questions about this great program.
How many colleges in Louisiana are taking part in this program?
“There are three (3) officially recognized colleges in Louisiana and they are, Louisiana State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and McNeese State University.” Why is it important?
“SO College is important because it expands the Project Unify movement, makes young adults aware of our athletes, while teaching understanding of inclusiveness, and promoting respect.” What are the types of events that can take place within SO College?
“Anything to promote inclusiveness, and it does not have to be a competition. Some colleges hold rallies or dances on their campus’ so that people with and without an intellectual disability can participate.”