R-Word Day 3.2.16

On March 2nd we want you to join us in taking the pledge to NOT use the R-Word!
The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. The word hurts, even if it is not directed at a person with intellectual disabilities.

Check out our website by clicking here to view some more information.  Take the pledge today!

Special Olympics Athletes “Redefined Winning” On the Way to Social Change

ghsAs he accepted a prestigious award, Special Olympics Chairman, Tim Shriver, made a point about people worldwide with intellectual disabilities.

“Their cause is, I think, the only cause in the history of social change whose voice has been primarily carried through sport,” Shriver said.

He made his remarks 16 January as he accepted the Walter Camp Football Foundation Distinguished American Award in New Haven, CT. The award is given each year to an individual who has utilized his or her talents to attain great success in business, private life or public service and who may have accomplished that which no other has done.

In his acceptance speech, Shriver explained that the Special Olympics movement has been a way for “the gifts, and dignity and value and worthfulness of people with Down syndrome or autism or William’s syndrome or other intellectual challenges [to be seen] as full and decent human beings.”

“They came to the playing fields of sport and turned the whole thing upside down. They redefined winning.”

Hear more of his powerful speech at the link below.

Related Video:  given by Tim Shriver. Hear the full speech

Image Caption: Tim Shriver, third from left, was awarded the prize on January 16.
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Athlete Spotlight

Thomas Roberts

  • NAME: Thomas Roberts
  • HOME TOWN: Norco, LA
  • SPORTS: Aquatics, Basketball, Athletics, & Bowling
  • AGE: 18
  • YEARS INVOLVED: 15

Q: What was life like before Special Olympics?

A: I didn’t play sports. I watched videos and read.

Q: What is a time you overcame something?

A: I overcame pain in my legs while running. Now I can run track.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishments?

A: Becoming a senior in high school, winning medals, and making new friends!

Q: What do you think are your secrets to success?

A: My secrets to success are exercising every day, staying happy, and praying.

Game Changer Softball Tournament

On March 12-13th, come out to Pelican Park in Carencro, LA for the first annual Game Changer Softball Tournament which will benefit Special Olympics Louisgame changer 2iana athletes!

We are searching for a total of 30 teams to compete in this 2-day event.  The registration fee is $250 per team.  To register please call 337-896-5000 or call Special Olympics Louisiana at 800-345-6644.

Sponsorships are also available.
Please call 800-345-6644 or email coser@laso.org for more info.

 

 

Polar Plunge

Are you ready for Polar Plunge?!  The Gonzales Plunge is on February 27th at Cabela’s and the Shreveport Plunge will be on March 12th at East Ridge Country Club.  More info here. If you have not registered yet, be sure to click here and so NOW!

We also wanted to thank all of our sponsors for this event!  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Artic Sponsors:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Specialized Industrial Maintenance

Chilly Sponsors:
Ascension Golf Carts2016 Polarplunge Logo Greengradient
Coastal Bridge Company
In Memory of Mark Swiconek
Sheriff Jeff Wiley
SKR Construction
Volks Construction

Freezin Sponsors:
Himmel’s Door
Gauthier & Amedee
Gonzales Lions Club
Mike Anderson’s – Gonzales
Select Properties, LTD

In-Kind Sponsors:
Cabela’s
EZ Dock Gulf Coast
East Ridge Country Club
Eatel
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office
Community Coffee
Coca-Cola