Dreaming of Loretta Claiborne

Recently, one of Special Olympics most famous faces, Loretta ClaibornLaney Langee, visited Dodson Elementary in New Iberia, LA.  She was there to talk about her life, her struggles, and her successes.

A few weeks later a student at Dodson, Laney Lange, wrote a story about Loretta.  But it wasn’t just any story.  She had a dream that she was Loretta Claiborne!  She dreamed that she was at her school as Loretta and everyone was welcoming her.

This story was very inspiring and representatives from Special Olympics International even took part and read Laney’s story!

Read Laney’s story here.

Great strides for Health

SOLA SSG 2012 Health Promotion Jessica Boles and Antonio Recently, four of our accomplished athletes were welcomed onstage at the opening of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) by former President Clinton to help announce a transformational, $12 million gift to Special Olympics made by Tom Golisano – a longtime champion of the rights and abilities for people with intellectual differences.

Tom’s support is the largest individual gift in the history of our movement. However it’s not just the amount, but rather the impact that it will have, that makes it extraordinary.

Thanks to this support, we will be able to extend the scope and reach of our health programming to reach hundreds of thousands more people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. It will allow us to continue to leverage the global grassroots convening power of our year-round sports training and competitions to engage more health practitioners and new partners in providing expanded, community-based health care to people with intellectual disabilities. More on the gift, and the impact it will have, can be found below.

Watch the press conference with former President Bill Clinton

Read the press release

Learn more about the commitment and Healthy Athletes


Loretta Claiborne

“Loretta Claiborne is one of the most inspirational athletes I have personally encountered. Watching this video moves me because she is a great role model, reminding me that we are no different from one another. Meeting and listening to her in Baton Rouge (State Indoor Games 2012) inspired me because she has been through so much. It is both amazing and inspirational to hear how Special Olympics makes a huge impact on a persons life. Special Olympics has made a huge impact on Loretta’s life and watching this video shows how it has.”

Special Olympics Louisiana athlete Ashley Arceneaux

Click the picture for the video on Loretta Claiborne.

A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words

As most of you know, Ms. Loretta Claiborne joined us at State Indoor Games this past weekend in Baton Rouge, LA.  This picture below was taken at our Tennis Tournament at Independence Park.  In the picture you can see her placing a medal on our athlete… You know the saying, “a picture is worth a 1,000 words,” well give us some words that will describe this picture.  Ready. Set. GO!