NBA Cares Unified Basketball Game

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We’re super excited to announce that Special Olympics will be back for our annual NBA Cares Unified Basketball Game at#NBAAllStar! NBA All Star Weekend is taking place in New Orleans, LA this weekend and we are thrilled to take part in the festivities!

Stay tuned for more information about our East & West teams, with players from all over the world (Including a few SOLA athletes!), as well as an announcement around our unified partners & coaches!

NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports® Basketball Game Recap

NBA Cares Unified Basketball Game 2015

As one of only 12 Special Olympics athletes, Special Olympics Louisiana’s own, Jacob Majors was chosen to participate in the fourth annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports® Basketball Game, as part of this year’s NBA All-Star 2015 in New York, on Saturday. For the very first time, Special Olympics athletes played at New York’s Madison Square Garden – The World’s Most Famous Arena.

Jacob Majors’s unforgettable adventure in New York included participating on a Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball team with current NBA and WNBA stars and past NBA Legends. In an extremely close game, Team East (grey jerseys) emerged as the winner of the game!  Team West got out to an early lead, up 32-24 at the end of the first half, but Team East quickly picked up speed, to emerge victorious, with a nail biter final score of 58-56.  It was a very well-played game.

Check out these photos to see Jacob in action!

SOLA Athlete to Compete in NBA Unified Game

Jacob Majors is in New York City this weekend.  Jacob, who is a SOLA aJacob Majors and jason Collinsthlete from Lake Charles, is not there for vacation, however.  He is there to compete in the NBA Unified Basketball game with NBA Stars in Madison Square Garden!  This is the second time Jacob has participated in this event (his first was last year in New Orleans) and he is the FIRST Special Olympics Athlete to be asked back to participate!

Check out Jacob and Jason Collins on Good Day New York, here.

Laissez les bon temps bowle!

2014-SOL-Bowl-flier pg1There is still time to participate in the 12th Annual SOL Bowl. With the tagline, “Laissez les bon temps bowle!” (Let the good times bowl!) the event will take place this weekend at Colonial Bowling Lanes in Harahan, Louisiana.

Team up with past and present NFL, NBA and MLB players, as well as, local news and sports media personalities to bowl for a good cause! Special Olympics Louisiana, The NFL Players Association, Kenner and Harahan Police Departments, invite businesses and the community to register their team. This event joins businesses with local celebrities and SOLA athletes all bowling together while enjoying a day of fun, food, and music.

The event is open to the public and will be held on Sunday, May 18th at 11:30am to 3:00pm at Colonial Bowling Lanes in Harahan, Louisiana. There will be food, drinks, raffle items, awards for those who bowl a strike and a silent auction. Participants looking to join in on the fun can contact Maria Sanchez at msanchez@laso.org or call 1-800-345-6644.

Visit the website for more information.

NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game

On Sunday, February 16th, our very own Jacob Majors competed alongside many NBA legends and other Special Olympics Athletes from around the world.  Jacob hit 3-pointer after 3-pointer and even secured a bit of air time on ESPN’s “Top 10!”

Check out the highlight video of Jacob below.  You can view some pictures here.

Steven Tookes and 2013 NBA All-Star Game

Local Special Olympics Louisiana athlete, Steven Tookes recently played in the Special Olympics and NBA Unified Basketball Game. Steven was a standout scoring 17 points out of the teams total of 55! Read the full release

Watch Steven’s interview after the game below.

NBA and Special Olympics Team Up

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Special Olympics announced yesterday the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game, which will take place as part of 2013 NBA All-StarSteven Tookes in Houston.  With support from The Coca-Cola Company, the game will tip off on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:00 PM CST, prior to the 62nd NBA All-Star Game that evening. This year’s Unified Sports Basketball Game will feature 12 Special Olympics athletes, including Special Olympics Louisiana athlete Steven Tookes, playing alongside NBA Legends. Read the full release

Click here to learn more about Steven Tookes

We Are In

Tonight is a pretty big night for those around the New Orleans Area. Some say that this is the biggest night for the New Orleans Hornets since they have relocated. Many around the area will be in the New Orleans Arena as the NBA draft occurs. Our beloved Hornets will select the 1st and 10th pick of the draft! We are very excited about what the future holds for the New Orleans Hornets, especially with the new owners, who are big fans of Special Olympics! We are even planning a Special Olympics Night at the Hive for later on in the year. Whether we get Anthony Davis and his trademark unibrow, Tyler Zeller, or Austin Rivers, we are IN for the Hornets!

New Orleans Hornets and I'm In

SOL Bowl Wrap up

Yesterday, the 10th Annual SOL Bowl took place at Colonial Bowling Lanes in Harahan, LA.  Local Celebrities came out to bowl for Special Olympics Louisiana.  Current Saints players, Jed Collins, Matt Tennant and Malcolm Jenkins headlined the event.  Other celebrities included WWLTV’s Doug Mouton, WDSU TV Travers & Fletcher Mackel, Randi Rousseau, and Scott Walker.  FOX 8’s own Jessica Holly was also in attendance. WIST Radio Brian Alle Walsh and Larry Holder bowled a few frames, too.  Former NFL, MLB, and NBA stars were also in attendance including Gary Barbaro.

Twelve companies came out to the event and competed.  Thank you to the following companies for your support of Special Olympics Louisiana:  B & K Construction, Barbaro Family, Cox Communications, Harahan Police Department, Irish Channel St. Patricks Day Club, Kenner Wal-Mart, Laser Amusement, Legette Construction, Otto Candies, LLC, RJK Insurance Services, Skanska MAPP, and Treasure Chest Casino.

The biggest celebrities of the day were our Special Olympics Louisiana Athletes!  Our athletes competed along side the pro-athletes and did a great job!

Check out this WWLTV spot on SOL Bowl!  Be sure to follow us on Twitter, @SOLouisiana, to see what all the buzz was about at SOL Bowl.