Basketball Clinic

This Wednesday, athletes from two different areas will head to the University of New Orleans for a basketball clinic.  Coach Mark Slessinger and his team will coach our athletes on the fundamentals of basketball, but will also get the chance to play a game against the UNO athletes!  UNO Basketball Team with SOLA Athletes

Athletes that have attended in the past have had a great time and we are expecting another great clinic.

Check back later for pictures and stories.

NCAA Division III loves Special Olympics

NCAA Division III and Special OlympicsDo you love Special Olympics? Well NCAA Division III does! Please help spread the spirit and raise money for Special Olympics by sharing the NCAA Division III Facebook page. (Click the link below) For each new fan we accrue until this Sunday, NCAA Division III will donate $1 to Special Olympics. Division III could donate up to $5,000 to Special Olympics if the number of fans reaches 11,470. Let’s make it happen! Like the Facebook page here


Athletes Learn the Game

As most of you know the NCAA Final 4 is in New Orleans this year.  Four of the best teams in college hoops competed on Saturday, with the Kentucky Wildcats and the Kansas Jayhawks prevailing as the teams to play in the championship tonight!  Before the the championship tonight in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, we wanted to share a couple of pictures from the clinic some of our athletes attended yesterday sponsored by the NCAA.  Our athletes were given the chance to learn from some of the best college coaches across the country including University of New Orleans Head Coach Mark Slessigner.  Other universities represented were George Washington and St. Paul’s to name a few…

Our athletes were put through drills such as passing, catching, shooting, and dribbling to better understand the game.  After the drills, our athletes competed against the coaches in a full-court game!

Many thanks to all of the coaches, Special Olympics North America staff, The New Orleans Convention Center, and the NCAA for hosting Special Olympics Louisiana!

What 1 person can do…

Who says one person can’t accomplish anything by themselves? They have not met Brian Morehouse and his “multiplier effect.” He encouraged all of his basketball players to volunteer for Special Olympics.

If Morehouse is a multiplier, then Division III afforded the factor last year when it encouraged all members to adopt Special Olympics as their outreach of choice.Now, just six months into the partnership, more than 4,000 student-athletes from about 50 schools representing more than 30 conferences have already raised almost $100,000 for the national nonprofit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletics competition in various Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. “My goal is to put it in our players’ hearts that they will move on from Hope and serve others in whatever capacity that might be – whether it’s through Special Olympics or a soup kitchen – that they would look for viable ways to serve others in their community,” he said. Read the full article.

Visit Division III Special Olympics website