Opening Ceremonies will be held TONIGHT, Friday, May 18th at 7:30 pm in Strawberry Stadium at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. We want you to be a FAN in the Stands! Come out and cheer on our athletes! On Saturday and Sunday, the fun continues as we start competition. Our athletes have trained long and hard for this event and are ready to do their best. All they need is you in the stands to cheer them on!
On Saturday, October 28, 2017, one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s interns, Mattie Hawkins, was named the 2017 Southeastern Louisiana University Homecoming Queen.
Mattie is studying to become a senior sports management major. She is the Chapter President of Delta Sigma Theta, a Project PULL mentor, a student worker in the Office of Disability Services, and an intern at Special Olympics Louisiana.
Upon hearing she had won Mattie was speechless, but afterwards said, “It was a major accomplishment to be crowned and I am proud to represent Southeastern Louisiana University and Special Olympics Louisiana.”
The below is a guest post from Athlete Channing Ewing from our Northwest Area about State Summer Games.
I certainly had fun in Hammond this past weekend. I got to meet Jay Ladner (Southeastern Louisiana Men’s Basketball Coach), Pete Panepinto (Mayor of Hammond), David Vitter (US Senator), and David Ducre (LSU Football Player). It was great getting to see Gordy Rush again (he came to watch me play basketball in Baton Rouge and got me a ticket to the Tiger Tour). As usual, I enjoyed the Dance and Olympic Town which I usually can’t do during State Indoor Games. I really enjoyed it.
You have read about and know that State Summer Games will take place on May 22-24th (Memorial Day Weekend) in Hammond, LA on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University. But, did you know that our Opening Ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 24th at 7:30p in Strawberry Stadium? It’s true! We want you to be a FAN in the Stands! Come out an cheer on our athletes!
State Summer Games will kick off tomorrow evening with our Military flag football game at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Strawberry Stadium for 6pm! After the game, Opening Ceremonies will get under way for 7:30pm. We invite all to be a Fan in the Stands tomorrow night and cheer on our athletes! You will witness the arrival of the Olympic Torch, escorted by Law Enforcement officers completing the 1,000-mile Torch Run relay, the lighting of the “Flame of Hope” and the Parade of Athletes.
Then, on Saturday, the fun continues as we start competition! Our athletes have trained long and hard for this event and are ready to go. They will compete in the sports of athletics, bocce, power lifting, and volleyball. Along with these competitions on Saturday, Healthy Athletes and Olympic Town will be taking place. Competition will wrap up on Sunday afternoon.
We would also like to mention that Raising Cane’s in Hammond, LA will be doing a fundraiser for Special Olympics Louisiana on Saturday and Sunday! On Saturday, look for the Raising Cane’s tent by the track. Here, you can purchase tea and lemonade for $1 and all proceeds will benefit Team Louisiana. Then, on Sunday, head over to the Raising Cane’s location (2035 W. Thomas St. Hammond, LA) between the hours of 10am-2pm and MENTION Special Olympics Louisiana! Cane’s will donate 15% of the profits to SOLA!
Well, there you have it folks. We look forward to seeing you at State Summer Games this weekend! Oh, one more thing…be sure to Facebook and tweet us this weekend using #SOLASG!