Camp Shriver Baton Rouge began yesterday, Monday, June 5th and will continue through Friday, June 9th from 8am-2pm. Camp Shriver is taking place at the First Church of the Nazarene (9955 Old Hammond Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70816). This camp will feature athletes and partners from the Capital Area and Florida Parishes Area. Learn more about Camp Shriver.
Camp Shriver brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities for training and competition. Athletes learn new sports skills, improve individual sport performance, participate in individual and team sports, build friendships and have fun with camp volunteers.
Hahnville High School senior, McKenzie Hargis, hosted a Special Olympics soccer camp Saturday, November 14th. Athletes came from New Iberia, St. James Parish, St. John Parish, and St. Charles Parish. The day was spent with athletes breaking off into groups by age to help teach them soccer skills. Past and present Hahnville Lady Tigers soccer players, a few young St. Charles soccer league players, and family and friends of McKenzie helped teach dribbling, passing, and shooting to the participants. Various drills were done so they could incorporate their newly learned skills into playing soccer. After all the hard work, a scrimmage was done to show off their new skills in a game format. The camp finished off with lunch of red beans and rice, prepared by Special Olympics volunteers, and an awards presentation. Each athlete received a certificate of participation as well as every volunteer and unified partner. This event would not have been possible without Hahnville High School allowing the use of their great facility to host, and the help of Theresa Theriot of Bayouland Special Olympics and her staff of volunteers. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible!
Let the countdown begin! We are officially one week away from Camp Shriver Magnolia being held in Jefferson Parish (September 2-5).
Camp Shriver brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities for training and competition each summer. The primary goals are to provide another level of challenge and promote inclusion. Camps take place in many cities throughout LA. Camp Shriver will in many, if not most, cases, help supplement on-going local community school activities.
Camp Shriver is, and will continue to be, a place for people with intellectual disabilities to learn new sports skills and improve individual sport performance, participate in individual and team sports, build friendships and have fun with partners who have signed on and trained as camp volunteers.
This camp will feature athletes from the Magnolia Community Center and the Greater New Orleans area. Athletes and Volunteers will paticipate in Kickball, Bocce, and Horseshoes.
We would also like to say a HUGE thank you to the volunteers from the Ritz Carlton New Orleans!
The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games are underway! It has been a remarkable 3 days and the best is yet to come! All together 108 athletes, coaches, unified partners, youth leaders and additional staff went to represent our great state. Here is a recap:
Saturday, 12 of our team members flew in style courtesy of the Citation Special Olympics Airlift, 1/2 our delegation made it to New Jersey with no problem and the other 1/2 spent a few extra hours in the New Orleans airport (which made for some interesting stories and photos.) All in all, our delegation arrived safely! Sunday, several of our sports scoped out the venues and practiced. That night, they participated in the spectacular Opening Ceremonies where the cauldron was lit and the games officially declared open! Monday, preliminary competitions began for Team Louisiana.
– Highlights include: Two bowlers, Joshua Racca and Donnie Guillory bowled turkeys, Gerren Brown even bowled 4 strikes in a row. Unified Flag Football won against Delaware 25-12. Aquatics did great in the 4×25 medley relay. Unified Basketball won against Maryland 33-24 and against Tennesse 34-17.