Coaches Needed!

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Was there a mentor, teacher or coach who made a difference in your life? The one who gave you the courage and determination to strive to be your best? The one who helped shape both your performance and your character? You can be that important person in someone else’s life.

Coaches teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches are role models and character-builders. Special Olympics coaches go even further.They help athletes find their own strengths and abilities. They also show them how to build upon those strengths and improve every day.

As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition. You will enrich the lives of our athletes in many life-changing ways. The skills and confidence an athlete learns through sports have a long and lasting effect.

Call 800.345.6644 or visit http://www.laso.org for more information on becoming a SOLA coach.

Did you know that Special Olympics Louisiana offers 19 different sports?

img_0081Special Olympics Louisiana offers our athletes a variety of Olympic-type individual and team sports to choose to participate in. From Swimming to Rhythmic gymnastics we have it all. Special Olympics Louisiana focuses on our athletes and we try to accommodate them by providing hands on training and competition opportunities for persons with or without intellectual disabilities.

Any of our sports can be Unified. Our Unified Sports bring people together. Unified Sports combines athletes with intellectual disabilities and those without (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Athletes that participate in Unified Sports improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills, challenge and have fun, too!

Here is a list of the sports we offer:

Swimming                                Horseshoes
Artistic Gymnastics               Motor Activity Training
Athletics (Track & Field)      Powerlifting
Badminton                               Rhythmic Gymnastics
Basketball                                 Softball
Bocce                                          Table Tennis
Bowling                                      Tennis
Cycling                                       Unified Sports
Flag Football                             Volleyball
Golf

Click here to find out more information about our Sports offered.

Click here for more information about our Unified Sports.

 

Sports Award Winners Announced

Special Olympics Louisiana values dedication and would like to honor the time many individuals have spent making a difference in the lives of our athletes. We truly appreciate their continued support of our movement and their efforts in changing the way Louisiana views our athletes.

Listed below are the individuals who have been chosen as the recipients of the 2016 Sports Awards. We would like to recognize the outstanding achievements of these individuals.

The efforts they exhibit today will benefit those with intellectual disabilities for the future. Special Olympics Louisiana has been proudly serving people for almost 49 years. We appreciate these people who strive to make a positive impact in our community and make a difference one hour at a time. Congratulations to our winners!

Award Winner
Outstanding Female Special Olympics Athlete Emily Hinrichs
Outstanding Male Special Olympics Athlete Christopher  Blanchard
Outstanding Volunteer Award Charmaine Welborne
Johanna E. Brescher Outstanding Games Volunteer Evan Gautier
Outstanding Family Vielman Family
Outstanding Coach Elaine Durbin
Outstanding School Riverdale Middle School
Outstanding State Corporate Benefactor CITGO
Outstanding Area Corporate Benefactor Kohl’s
Outstanding Civic Organization Knights of Columbus
Outstanding Unified Partner Krysta Cotten
Outstanding Media- TV Jay Grymes- WAFB
Outstanding Media- Radio Rick Godley- Peach Radio 99.3 FM
Special Olympics Hall of Fame Dr. A. N. Diodene
LETR Top Fundraiser Lt. Col. Ward Webb
LETR Top Area Capital Area
LETR Above and Beyond Officer Becky White

For a full list of all the winners and a description of the awards please log onto the website at www.laso.org.

Athlete Spotlight

A: I am the only autistic person in my family. I have two brothers, I love fast rides, and Disney World.

Q: What is your favorite memory that has happened while you have been with Special Olympics?

A: My favorite memory was when I dressed up like Michael Jackson for the Halloween dance at State Fall Classic.

Q: Who has helped you the most to get to this point?

A: Ms. Katie Botts, my coach, has helped me most. She is always there when I need help with anything.

Q: What are you goals?

A: I want to graduate high school and get a job. I want to go to Los Angeles and visit where the celebrities are. I would love to go to a Rams game and Disney World!

Donate Today to be TRIPLE-Matched!

eoy-social2.gifAt Special Olympics, we’ve seen first hand what the power of sport can do for an athlete. It really is life changing. We’ve watched people score their first goal, run across the finish line, and nail a perfect routine. The smile on their face is indescribable.

These are just a few of the stories Special Olympics helps creates. But we can only do it with your help. And for the rest of this year, your gift will be TRIPLE matched, so now you can help three times as many athletes find the joy of sports!

$50 becomes $150 >>
$100 becomes $300 >>
$250 becomes $750 >>

But you have to hurry, this triple-match campaign only lasts until midnight on Dec. 31. Don’t miss your chance to triple the good you can do, especially since your gift to Special Olympics is 100% tax deductible.

Don’t miss you chance to help an athlete get off the bench and into the game! Click here to donate today!

2017 State Indoor Games

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The 2017 Special Olympics Louisiana State Indoor Games are coming to Baton Rouge! Nearly 500 athletes who have qualified from various local and area competitions will be able to participate in basketball, bowling, and tennis matches.  Opening Ceremonies will be held March 3rd at Team Automotive  Group Sportsplex beginning at 7:00 PM, with competitions following on March 4th and 5th.

There will be lots of entertainment over the weekend, including the arrival of the Olympic torch, the Parade of Athletes, the lighting of the Olympic Flame of Hope by Local Law Enforcement officers, and much more! We encourage all community members, family, and media to come out and support our SOLA athletes! All events, including all competitions, are free and open to the public.

For more information on registration and schedules, please visit our website.