Since 1968, Special Olympics Louisiana has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing the world! Starting in 2018, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us — and Change the Game!
We are asking our supporters to pledge $50 to Special Olympics Louisiana in honor of our 50th Anniversary. You may be a part of our past and now we want you to become part of our future! Your donations and efforts will build inclusive and healthy communities, empower our athletes to become leaders of change, and provide a chance to know the true benefit of sports and athletic competition through participation in the Special Olympics program. Special Olympics Louisiana is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 72-0706608, 501(c) (3) organization, incorporated in the State of Louisiana.
With the generous support of the Mattel Children’s Foundation, the Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports play program designed to introduce children with intellectual disabilities to the world of sports prior to their Special Olympics eligibility.
Designed for children ages 2 through 7, the Young Athletes program is designed to strengthen physical development and self-esteem by building skills for future sports participation and socialization. These skills can also help increase the participant’s motor tracking and eye-hand coordination. The program encourages families to become involved as the child learns success through physical activity, all while connecting with their intellectually disabled child in unique ways.
Find out more about the program here.
With the aid of our amazing sponsors, no costs are imposed on Special Olympics Louisiana athletes or their families! To continue to operate in this manner, Special Olympics Louisiana depends upon the cash and in-kind donations of our many generous sponsors and donors to fund its year-round program, parish, area and statewide. We would like to extend special thanks to our sponsors.
4th Annual Special Olympics Champions Together Breakfast
What: To benefit Special Olympics’ Athletes on the Northshore and surrounding parishes
When: Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast & Program
Where: Benedict’s Plantation 1144 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, LA 70471
Why: Support the Special Olympics program for our athletes
Expect: You will be inspired as you hear the Special Olympic athletes tell their story of how this program has impacted their lives.
Cost to attend: $1,000 per table (10 seats) or $100 per person
Sponsorships Available: Call Mary Louise Prudhomme at 225-505-7093 for more information.
The Unified Champion Schools approach incorporates Special Olympics sports and related activities while enhancing the youth experience and empowering them to be change agents in their communities. This requires a shift in current programs and paradigms from a focus on events to committing to a movement advocating for youth as leaders. This programming promotes social inclusion in schools to ensure special education and general education students are equitably engaged. Teachers and students are encouraged to collaborate and create supportive classrooms, activities and opportunities. Students should be encouraged and supported to be agents of change, have opportunities to be leaders, and participate in collaborative school activities. To achieve this, school leaders and educators must foster a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students. A socially inclusive school is a place where no student is excluded because of the degree or type of disability or the services required to meet his/her needs.
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