Family Support Network

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Did you know family members of Special Olympics athletes have an important role to play in Special Olympics outreach? Today, thousands of family members of Special Olympics athletes serve as key leaders and sources of support for one another as they attend training, competitions, meetings and other activities together.

The Family Support Network is an organized project whereby Special Olympics Louisiana conducts outreach to families unfamiliar with Special Olympics by developing partnerships with existing community organizations and by training Family Messengers to become leaders and spokespeople for the Special Olympics Louisiana. Family members (Family Messengers) are systematically matched with parents new to Special Olympics who are seeking information and support from a peer.

Family Support Network helps families help each other. With the assistance of similar agencies families have a support system within Special Olympics. Families have the opportunity to mentor, learn and provide resources and emotional support to one another.

The Family Support Network connects Special Olympics families with new families and provides support and information in a critical time of need in the following ways:

  • Provides educational, sports and training workshops
  • Creates opportunities for family members to become advocates for the Special Olympics movement
  • Brings families together to share ideas, issues, and common interests
  • Encourages new families to join Special Olympics
  • Builds strong communities

If you would like to become part of our family network contact us.

Find out about other family opportunities.

A Very Special Christmas Album

Did you know that A Very Special Christmas Record Album is performed by outstanding artists and benefits Special Olympics? Through bold innovation and enormous generosity, the record industry has made beautiful music for Special Olympics athletes since 1987. From the first, released in 1987, and marking a 25th anniversary in 2012, the benefit recording series has become the largest financial source in Special Olympics’ history. These holiday classics bring joy to the world and help people with intellectual disabilities through the power of sports.

Learn more about a Very Special Christmas and purchase the album by clicking here: http://www.averyspecialchristmas.org/

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Memories of My Dad

Check out this inspiring and heart warming story written by Special Olympics New Jersey athlete, Andrea Weisbard. Andrea is a three-sport athlete: soccer, basketball and bocce. She is also an abstract artist and textile designer with ADD.

READ THE STORY HERE: http://www.specialolympics.org/Stories/General/Memories_of_My_Dad.aspx

Tomorrow is Give NOLA Day!

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Tomorrow, May 3, from midnight to midnight, Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) is participating in Give NOLA Day, which ignites the giving spirit throughout the region. Over 600 nonprofits are competing to raise the most funds in a 24hr time period. SOLA is participating and is very excited about this event.

Can you help?

  1. Each person can make a minimum $10 donation to SOLA anytime TOMORROW, May 3rd. Go to www.GiveNOLA.org and search Special Olympics Louisiana.
  2. Please forward this Give NOLA Day information out through your personal channels (email and social media).
  3. Like and follow Special Olympics Louisiana on social media and help by sharing, linking, commenting, retweeting, etc. TOMORROW.

Thank you for your help and support of children and adults with intellectual disabilities across Louisiana.