Bama vs. LSU Featured on SEC Nation

The Unified flag football game that took place at LSU UREC this past Saturday was featured on ESPN’s SEC Nation!  The clip featured both LSU and Alabama athletes an was broadcast live. View the full clip here.

SO College LSU took the victory with a 34-14 score!  Both teams played exceptionally well and it was a great game.LSU flier 2014_1

Thank you to all of the spectators, VIPs, media, and Law Enforcement that attended the game!  We would also like to give a special shout out to LSU UREC staff that made this game possible!

State Indoor Games

State Indoor Games will take place next week, March 7-9 in Baton Rouge , LA!  Over 600 athletes will compete in basketball, bowling, and tennis.  We will kick the weekend off with Opening Ceremonies on the LSU Parade Ground for 7pm and all are welcome to attend.  2014 SIG Vol Flyer

Basketball, bowling, and tennis competition will begin bright and early Saturday, March 8th at 8am.  Starting at 10am, Healthy Athletes and Olympic Town will start offering free non-evasive health screenings and fun interactive games for our athletes.  The famous Victory Dance/Closing Ceremonies will take place Saturday night and competition will come to a close early Sunday afternoon.

Interested in volunteering?  If so, sign up here!

Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter so you can stay updated during 2014 State Indoor Games.  See you in Baton Rouge!

State Indoor Games

In just about two (2) months (March 7-9), 2014 State Indoor Games will take place in Baton Rouge, LA! Athletes will compete in basketball, bowling, and tennis.  Some events, including opening ceremonies and basketball, will take place on the campus of Louisiana State University.2014 SIG Vol Flyer

Our athletes are training hard for this event and would love to see YOU out there!  You can volunteer or just come out and watch some quality competition.

Check out some photos from 2013 State Indoor Games here!

Kudos from LSU

LSU 2013 stwtetwSpread the Word to End the Word, was nominated and won an Louisiana State University Love Purple Live Gold Award. LSU student and Special Olympics Louisiana volunteer Casey Cantrelle promoted Spread the Word to End the Word on its annual awareness day. Hundreds of LSU students pledged not to use the r-word! Now, as a bonus, the campaign will be awarded the 2012-2013 Live Purple Love Gold Most Outstanding Advocacy Award. This award is presented to the organization with the best program that exemplifies dedication towards the welfare of a cause, global topic, or existing social issue. The program selected for this award will have engaged students through creating awareness, providing solutions, and promoting social change. We are excited that the students of LSU agree that the r-word is not cool and must go!

Learn more about Spread the Word to End the Word here

State Indoor Games Wrap-Up

We have wrapped another successful State Indoor Games!  We had close to 700 athletes compete over two days in bowling, basketball, and tennis, along with over 500 volunteers.

The weekend festivities kicked off on the LSU Parade Ground Friday evening with our Opening Ceremonies, which were highlighted by LSU Head Football Coach, Les Miles & CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Mike Reitz.  We kicked of competition bright and early on Saturday for bowling and basketball with tennis following right behind.  The Healthy Athletes and Olympic Town venue was rockin’ throughout the day.  Saturday evening was the Victory dance where our athletes were able to dance the night away!  We finished up the weekend on Sunday with championship games in basketball and doubles in bowling.

Overall State Indoor Games was a fun weekend!  We are already looking forward to next year!

State Indoor Games

We are so excited State Indoor Games is tonight and this weekend! Tonights Opening ceremonies will feature Honorary Coach LSU Head Football Coach Les Miles, Honorary Chair Mike Reitz, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, arrival of the Olympic torch, the Parade of Athletes, and the lighting of the Olympic Flame of Hope by local Law Enforcement officers, as well as, performances by Northeast High School. See the event page on our website

The 2013 State Indoor Games will host basketball, bowling, and tennis for nearly 700 Special Olympics Louisiana athletes who qualified during various local and area competitions. See the schedule of events

It is almost GAME TIME!

We are only a week and a half away from State Indoor Games!  Our athletes have been training for weeks now and are ready to converge on Baton Rouge and compete.  Our best bowlers, basketball players, and tennis players, will compete on March 8-10.2013 SIG Volunteer Flyer

Before the competition starts on Saturday, March 9th at 8am, we will host our Opening Ceremonies on the LSU Parade Ground for 7pm.  We invite all to come out and cheer on our athletes!

Want to volunteer?  There is still time!  Simply click here and register today.  Spots are filling fast, so be sure to register now…


Opening Ceremonies

At each of our state events we hold an Opening Ceremony.  This is where our athletes and delegations are introduced and the Games are declared open.  Another fun part of this event is the lighting of the cauldron.  Athletes and Law Enforcement deliver the torch into Opening Ceremonies and light the Flame of Hope.Flame

Have you ever attended one of our Opening Ceremonies?  If so, comment and tell us about your experience…  What did you like most about the evening?

On March 8th, State Indoor Games- Opening Ceremonies will be held on the LSU Parade Ground for 7pm.  We invite all to attend and take part in the inspiring event.

Hope to see you there!

SO College

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.”

Read more about SO College here.

dreams DO come true

Saw this article on WAFB’s website and thought we would share:

LSU tigerband Oliver PratsWhile the LSU football team and Tiger fans have been gearing up for the game against South Carolina all week, one little boy from Baton Rouge has been holding out all summer. Saturday, the Golden Band from Tigerland made 5yr. old Oliver Prats’ lifelong dream come true.

Oliver led the Tigerland Band in the LSU parade! He was a little shy at first, but then absolutely transformed as he lead his heroes through a sea of purple and gold. During the game, he and his parents even got to spend the entire football game sitting in the stands with the band.

Read the full article from WAFB