VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Camp Shriver Magnolia

Volunteers are needed for the 2016 State Summer Games in Hammond! This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in Athletics (Track & Field), Bocce, Powerlifting, and Unified Volleyball at Southeastern Louisiana University Friday, May 20- Sunday, May 22.

Click here for more information and to register to volunteer!

Become A Unified Partner

We want you to become a Unified Partner!  Join the hundreds that already have and experience the fun!

Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and unified partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. More info on Unified Sports here.Amanda and Dennis

Being a partner is an additional means of carrying out and fulfilling the mission of Special Olympics. Teams are constructed in such a way as to provide training and competition opportunities that meaningfully challenge and involve all athletes. These opportunities often lead to improved sports skills, higher self-esteem, and equal status among peers and new friendships.

Register today to become a Unified Partner!

Capitol Hill Day

Today, delegations of Special Olympics athletes, Program leaders, and family members from 39 states will participate in Special Olympics’ 12th annual “Capitol Hill Day.”

Special Olympics participants and supporters will converge in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional leaders to urge their continued commitment to ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Special Olympics are top of mind when critical decisions are made for the country. Throughout the day, athletes and ambassadors will meet face-to-face with their Congressional representatives.

Special Olympics Louisiana has 3 representatives taking part in Capitol Hill Day tomorrow, President and CEO, Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, Athlete, Logan Dahlquist, and Unified Partner, Tristen Louviere.

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Project Unify Athlete and Partner

Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and unified partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. Learn more about unified sports.

Sharing One Language: Sport

Being a partner is an additional means of carrying out and fulfilling the mission of Special Olympics. Teams are constructed in such a way as to provide training and competition opportunities that meaningfully challenge and involve all athletes. These opportunities often lead to improved sports skills, higher self-esteem, and equal status among peers and new friendships. Sign up to be a Unified Partner!

Make Lasting Friendships with Project UNIFY!

Recently, a student from McNeese University wrote her personal story about an athlete that she has become friends with. The student at McNeese University is Amanda Fontenot. She wrote: “I’ve been friends with a boy who lives not far from where I live, for almost 4 years now. A few weeks ago, I picked him up to take himAmanda and Dennis to the movies and to his favorite restaurant in town, like I do every month. This time, as he was laughing at his cotton candy filled Shirley Temple, he said “before unified sports became a part of my life, I felt like an outsider”.  Unified Sports gave him a confidence he never knew before, both on and off the field and he never would have thought that he would ever have been able to just enjoy a day of movies and shopping without feeling like everyone was judging him.  He never felt that he would ever just feel normal.  The athlete then told Amanda, “After playing unified sports, I realized that I didn’t need to be normal to be happy and that I loved the person I am”, then he went back to licking the pink cotton candy from his finger tips. “I am so lucky to be a part of this incredible movement that is Project UNIFY.  One of my favorite sayings is “saving one person won’t change the world, but surely the world will change for that one person.” This will be Amanda’s 8th year involved with Special Olympics and she said she can’t imagine it any other way. For more information on becoming a unified partner like Amanda check out our website!

Knights for a Good Cause

Longtime Special Olympics partners Knights of Columbus produced a great video during a flag football clinic the Knights and Indianapolis Colts hosted during the NFL Combine event in Indianapolis.

Toys”R”Us teams up with Special Olympics

Peyton Stanley with ballToys“R”Us is the Presenting Sponsor of the first-ever Young Athletes Festival at the 2014 USA Games. Furthering its commitment as a Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, Toys“R”Us announced the February 1 launch of a nationwide in-store and online awareness campaign. By texting “CHEER” to 80888, customers can make a $5 donation via their mobile device that will help support Special Olympics athletes participating in the “Games of Welcome and Acceptance” being held in New Jersey from June 14-21. Read the full release

Toys”R”Us has also highlighted a Young Athlete from each state on their website, check out Louisiana’s very own, Peyton Stanley…Click on Louisiana here.