Spread the Word to End the Word

R-Word“Everyone has a gift and the world would be better off if we recognized it.” – Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics.

March 6th is our Annual Spread the Word to End the Word Day. This is our national day of awareness to eradicate the use of the word “retard” from everyday language. Stand up for dignity and acceptance by taking the pledge! See why you should pledge HERE

HaPpY WORLD SMILE dAy :)

Happy World Smile Day! Celebrate by watching a short video that’s sure to make you smile! Please share it with all your friends and family because each time the video is viewed today, a donation will be made to Special Olympics!

Hayes Howell update

Hayes Howell was the first Special Olympics athlete to ever qualify for the National Junior Gold Bowling Tournament. In his final practice before leaving Louisiana to head for Indiana, he bowled a 290! While in Indiana he did very well and was in the top third of males in his division. We are glad to have him home, but so proud of his accomplishments.

Hayes’ bowling skills have already qualified him for over $1,000 in scholarships for Baton Rouge Community College!

While in Indiana, he visited the Indianapolis Speedway and the Special Olympics Indiana office! View the pictures here

A Special Olympics 1st

Hayes Howell Bronze medal in BowlingSpecial Olympics Louisiana Capital Area athlete, Hayes Howell has been chosen to compete in the 2012 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships! This is a HUGE honor as Hayes is the first Special Olympics athlete to ever qualify for this tournament!

The tournament will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 14-20, 2012. The North Pointe Junior Gold Championships is an annual national tournament for the top male and female youth bowlers in the United States. The tournament awards $250,000 in scholarships and youth bowlers also have the opportunity to earn a spot on Junior Team USA. Hayes is one of 14 boys who will represent Louisiana in this competition in the under 20 yrs. old category. Hayes’ scores from previous prestigious tournaments have qualified him to attend this national championship. After speaking with Hayes, he remarks that he is “very excited and proud” to be attending.

Get to know Coach Cindy Landry

Special Olympics Louisiana is very proud to announce that one of our very own, Coach Cindy Landry has been awarded Special Olympics “Honorable Mention” Coach of the Year for North America. Coach Cindy has been involved for over 25 years and coaches several different sports. She took a few moments out of her busy schedule from teaching and coaching to answer a few questions for us:

  •  How has Special Olympics changed your life? “It makes me feel good about myself.
    Coach Cindy Landry Greece 2011

    Coach Cindy Landry at the 2011 SO World Games in Athens, Greece (white shirt on right with sunglasses)

    It has made me realize the value of life. Life is not what we come to own or possess. It is about the gifts that we have been blessed with and how we use them. It’s made me aware that we can all accomplish any task we attempt.”

  • How did you feel about attending the National Games? “It gave me the opportunity to see individuals succeed, compete and make friends.”
  • What did attending the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games mean to you? “I am was excited about being part of Team USA.”
  • What are your most proud accomplishments? “Winning the Ellen King Gillentine Volunteer Award.”Coach Cindy also says that she is proud that she has attended several Special Olympics National and World Games competitions.

Extra: Coach Cindy Landry helped the students of Iberia Parish learn about Eunice Kennedy Shriver by creating several inclusive activities. Students without disabilities took part in exercises such as playing softball, going through the lunch line, etc. with a disability. These students learned first hand how difficult it can be to accomplish everyday tasks. The students now have a broader understanding of Special Olympics and many of the students have volunteered at local Special Olympics events and become Unified Partners. Because of Coach Cindy’s dedication we will have a “Special Olympics Global Celebrity” visiting us in March…stay tuned for more details!