Jimmy Jenson, from Los Angeles completed the 26.2 mile marathon this past weekend in New York City. He is the first person with down syndrome to finish this marathon! Jenson ran the marathon with his Best Buddy, Jennifer. “When they met, neither of them were runners. But that changed when Jenson suggested they run a 5K together. Since that first race, the pair have run a number of races together, including the Los Angeles marathon this spring.” (Today Show).
Ninoska Guggenheim, with Kenner Police Department, is the Louisiana representative at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games. She is taking part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg and will be running all over Korea spreading our message! Check out the LETR Final Leg site
Law Enforcement officials and Special Olympics athletes, unified together as a part of the Final Leg Team, will serve as true Guardians of the Flame™ and promote the powerful messages of inclusion, acceptance, and ability every step of our Final Leg journey to promote the 2013 Winter World Games. The 2013 Korea Final Leg Torch Run will be held from 21 January to 29 January 2013 culminating with the arrival of the Flame of Hope™ by the Guardians of the Flame, the Final Leg team in Pyeongchang, Korea for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
Each year Special Olympics Louisiana recognizes outstanding individuals, companies, and organizations that make a significant contribution to the Special Olympics program. This year, 13 individuals or groups will be awarded for their contributions to Special Olympics Louisiana in 2011. Winners will be honored at the “Spirit of Special Olympics Sports Awards Banquet”, July 21, 2012 at the FOP Wedding and Reception Hall in Baton Rouge, LA. This event is being sponsored by Extreme Catering, LLC.
F. CARL ROWAN OUTSTANDING CIVIC ORGANIZATION The Knights of Columbus St. Peter Council #12906 JOHANNA P. BRESCHER OUTSTANDING GAMES VOLUNTEER Tommy Raborn OTTO P. ESTES MEMORIAL FAMILY AWARD The Moore Family OUTSTANDING SOLA COACH Shirley Green OUTSTANDING SOLA FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Patricia “Patty” Westrope OUTSTANDING SOLA MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Steven Tookes OUTSTANDING MEDIA – PRINT Alexandria Town Talk OUTSTANDING MEDIA – RADIO Guaranty Broadcasting OUTSTANDING SCHOOL Sulphur High School ELLEN KING GILLENTINE MEMORIAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD Dan Ramos LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN TOP RUNNER James Virgil LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN TOP AREA Jefferson Area Kenner Police Department HALL OF FAME Glenn Drude, Jr.