Internships Available

Acadiana BasketballDid you know Special Olympics Louisiana has internships available? Build your portfolio while helping a state wide organization that serves over 14,880 people. Internships are available in Accounting, Clerical, Event Planning, Fundraising, Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Recruiting, and Sports/Competition.Contact our office to find out more at 1-800-345-6644 or laso@laso.org.

 

Inclusive Schools are Changing Lives

Check out this awesome guest blogger article from FriendshipCircle.org on Inclusive Schools.

4 Things No One Tells You About Inclusive Schools is written by Nicole Eredics, an elementary school teacher who has been working in an inclusive classroom for 15 years.

Eredics says, “Students in inclusive schools are known to form meaningful relationships, have the same learning opportunities and high academic expectations as one another, and learn to respect the diverse nature of humankind.”

Click here to read the full article.

 

 

CEO Corner – Unified Partners

CEO CornerSpecial Olympics Unified Sports® promotes people with and without intellectual disabilities playing on the same team together. These peers of similar ability and age are called Unified Partners, they train and compete alongside Special Olympics athletes. We have seen that pairing these two groups together promotes understanding and friendships.

Special Olympics Louisiana is looking for Unified Partners to train and work alongside our athletes. Anyone in Elementary to College and beyond can become a Unified Partner.
Contact our office today to sign up. We promise you will not regret it!

SO College

SO College is program that partners colleges with Special Olympic athletes.  Ultimately, it unites college students to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sports, friendship, advocacy and other activities.

We recently sat down with Samantha McMillan, who oversees SO College for Special Olympics Louisiana to ask her some questions about this great program.

How many colleges in Louisiana are taking part in this program?
“There are three (3) officially recognized colleges in Louisiana and they are, Louisiana State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and McNeese State University.”
Why is it important?
“SO College is important because it expands the Project Unify movement, makes young adults aware of our athletes, while teaching understanding of inclusiveness, and promoting respect.”
What are the types of events that can take place within SO College?
“Anything to promote inclusiveness, and it does not have to be a competition.  Some colleges hold rallies or dances on their campus’ so that people with and without an intellectual disability can participate.”

Read more about SO College here.

2012 Sports Awards Banquet

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.

CLICK HERE to Learn more, Volunteer or Register

Camp Shriver Recap

The Baton Rouge edition of Camp Shriver was a great success.  The camp lasted from June 11th-15th and was held at St. Louis King of France School in Baton Rouge.  There were 60 campers and 75 partners that participated in the week long camp.

Each day, athletes and partners participated in various sports, working together to better themselves at the game.  From basketball to volleyball, all involved learned a lot and had a great time doing so.

Before camp concluded on Friday, a dance competition was held, with the victorious team taking home a trophy.  The “Blue Team” overwhelmingly took home the win with their Michael Jackson dance!  All of the athletes and partners that we spoke with said that they were already looking forward to next year!

Learn more about Camp Shriver.

Project UNIFY

We here at Special Olympics Louisiana are very excited to once again be selected by Special Olympics, Inc. as a Project Unify state! We have several schools across Louisiana that help us with this project and support our efforts for change and inclusion.

Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is an education-based project that uses sports and Louisiana Unified Youth Summit Project Unifyeducation programs to activate young people to develop school communities where all youth are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

What started a few years ago has grown into a huge movement! Many students are creating commercials and programs in their schools to make a difference. Click the blue Project Unify to view all the resources, fact sheets, videos, etc. Learn more about Project Unify