State Fall Classic will take place in Carencro, LA on beginning tonight and will feature 750 Special Olympics Louisiana athletes and partners competing in aquatics, horseshoes, and softball! We will start the weekend with Opening Ceremonies TONIGHT, October 14th for 6:30pm at Pelican Park. All are invited to witness the Parade of Athletes and Flame of Hope!
Competitions will kick off Saturday, October 15th and run through Sunday, October 16th. Join us tonight and be a Fan in the Stands for Opening Ceremonies!
Athlete Leadership Council member Channing Ewing takes a photo with SLU Head Football coach Ron Roberts at the 2014 State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies
Athlete Leadership Council Assistant Vice President and Northwest Area Special Olympics Louisiana athlete, Channing Ewing recently sat down to write his thoughts about this past weekend’s State Summer Games. “I enjoyed meeting the Special Olympics Louisiana Board Members at the Torch Run Ceremonies and at the Opening Ceremonies. I also enjoyed getting to meet SLU Head Football Coach Ron Roberts and the Law Enforcement officers at Opening Ceremonies!! They do a lot amazing things for this state!!! I really thought the Project Unify youth round table discussion was great!!! There were a lot of great ideas and suggestions passed around. Kudos to the Special Olympics staff for bringing in Jimmy Johns sandwiches for supper. They were yummy. I had blast at the dance and at Olympic town. Getting the Spirit stick was the highlight of my week and was a first for the northwest area and hopefully not last!!!!”
A new State Summer Games volunteer, Kelly remarks on her recent experience: “Volunteering for the 2013 Special Olympics Louisiana State Summer Games was an experience I will never forget because I got the chance to share my volunteering experience with my family. Though I have been an avid volunteer the past two years, this year was my first time volunteering for the State Summer Games. On Friday, May 24th, my parents and I attended Opening Ceremonies at the Southeastern Louisiana University’s Strawberry Stadium to cheer on the athletes. We enjoyed great food, an awesome car show, and entertaining music by Dysfunktional Bone before the ceremony began. While the athletes were parading across the field, my Mom and I became emotional as the story of Alton Smith was told. Through Special Olympics Louisiana, Alton learned to walk and was given the opportunity to strive in athletics. Alton’s story made us all teary eyed as we watched him and his parents walk across the field. Watching Alton and his parents opened my eyes to how many great opportunities Special Olympics Louisiana has given to people across the state. Special Olympics Louisiana not only offers these opportunities to athletes, but also to volunteers who are able to share the experience with them. As we clapped and waved our pom poms during the Opening Ceremonies, I could not help but smile and cheer louder as I myself was getting excited for the summer games to begin. I am thankful my family and I got the opportunity to share in the happiness and excitement of the games with all of the athletes and their supporters, and I hope we can continue to volunteer together as a family for many years to come.”
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.
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.
From Special Olympics Louisiana to Team USA…Good Luck and don’t forget to “be brave in the attempt.”
Special Olympics and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have had an on-going relationship since 1988. Mr. Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently discussed the importance of how Special Olympics uses the spirit of ‘Olympism’ to promote using sport for a better world, from talking about how Special Olympics and the IOC can work together on issues such as health, education and social inclusion. Read more