Special Olympics offers numerous Olympic-type individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for persons with and without intellectual disabilities. There are several sports that Special Olympics Louisiana offers but does not hold competitions in due to availability or other environmental factors.
Listed below are all the sports Special Olympics Louisiana has to offer:
Artistic Gymnastics Equestrian
Athletics (Track & Field) Flag Football
Badminton Football (Soccer
Bowling Motor Activity Training
Rhythmic Gymnastics Softball Table Tennis
Tennis Unified Sports Volleyball
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!
The 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, MLS WORKS, ESPN and Special Olympics are collaborating to leverage the power of sports to promote an environment of social inclusion and acceptance, by uniting people with and without intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics Unified Sports.
On Tuesday, August 5, MLS WORKS and ESPN will host a Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star soccer match between Special Olympics North America and Special Olympics Germany, to coincide with the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Stars taking on German Bundesliga club, FC Bayern Munich.The two teams will play a 7-v-7 match at 4 pm CT on the Providence Park game field (Portland, OR).
This is the first time Special Olympics Unified Sports has been featured during MLS All-star and the first time a Special Olympics team from outside the U.S. has participated. The SONA/US team is comprised of athletes from Oregon and Washington state. ESPN, global presenting sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports, is scheduled to feature highlights from the match during the MLS All-star Game Pre-Game special broadcast on Wednesday, August 6 on ESPN2, beginning at 8:30 (CT). Click here for more information.
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This past Sunday, Special Olympics Louisiana and our athletes were invited by Meghan Charbonnet to attend the LSU Women’s Soccer game against Mississippi State. Athletes from the Capital, Bayouland, and Florida Parishes areas attended. Nolan Cain gave our athletes a tour of the Alex Box Stadium where they got to see the locker room, meeting room, and go out onto the field and run the bases!
Our athletes also got to visit the LSU Football operations and were allowed to hang out on the LSU practice field. Then, they watched the LSU Women’s Soccer team take home a victory against MS State. The LSU Track, Women’s Gymnastics, Swimming, and Diving teams sat with our group at the game. Craig Loston, LSU football safety, even came out and met our athletes. They all signed autographs and took pictures and made it a day to remember!