Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards joined Special Olympics Louisiana and multiple law enforcement agencies from across the state at the 2016 Official Law Enforcement Torch Run Lighting Ceremony on Friday, May 20th in Baton Rouge, LA. Governor Edwards pledged his support for Special Olympics and spoke of the importance of volunteering and being a champion for people with intellectual disabilities. Across the state, members of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run carried the “Flame of Hope” while running 1,000+ miles to raise awareness and funds that help improve the quality of life for our 14,639 athletes. This event has become the largest fundraising and media awareness event for Special Olympics worldwide! The ceremony on the Louisiana State Capitol steps kicked off the final run of the 2016 Torch Run week and led to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 State Summer Games for Special Olympics Louisiana.Thank you for your support!
The below paragraph is a guest post from SOLA Athlete, Channing Ewing, from our Northwest Area about this past weekends State Summer Games in Hammond, LA.
“I had a great time meeting everyone at the Sports Awards Ceremony and on Friday night and giving winners their awards. I had a lots of fun on Saturday at Olympic Town. I enjoyed seeing the mascots and the pets on Saturday. They were awesome and amazing. The dance was a blast as usual. If it weren’t for all of the volunteers, coaches and a host of other people, Special Olympics would not be possible. If you like what we are doing tell a friend!”
Thank you to all of our athletes, coaches, partners, sponsors, volunteers, etc. that made State Summer Games a success! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Pictured above are SOLA Athletes Robert Eagle (left) and Channing Ewing (right) at the 2016 State Summer Games in Hammond, LA.
State Summer Games is this weekend, May 20-22! The weekend kicks off with Capitol Steps and Lighting of the Flame of Hope which will take place in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol at 8:30 am! Opening Ceremonies will be Friday, May 20th inside Southeastern’s Strawberry Stadium at 7:30pm. Come out and see the Flame of Hope and the parade of athletes!
Then on Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, athletes will compete in several events including athletics, bocce, power lifting, track and field, and volleyball. ALL events are free and open to the public.
Volunteers are needed for the 2016 State Summer Games in Hammond! This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in Athletics (Track & Field), Bocce, Powerlifting, and Unified Volleyball at Southeastern Louisiana University Friday, May 20- Sunday, May 22.
State Summer Games is right around the corner! May 20-22nd to be exact. The event will kick off on Friday, May 20th inside Southeastern’s Strawberry Stadium at 7:30pm for Opening Ceremonies. We invite all to attend to witness the Flame of Hope and the parade of athletes!
Then on Saturday athletes will compete in athletics, bocce, power lifting, and volleyball. ALL events are free and open to the public. Come cheer on our athletes as they compete!
There are still volunteer opportunities available. Please click here to register.
We can’t wait to see YOU at State Summer Games!
The below is a guest post from Athlete Channing Ewing from our Northwest Area about State Summer Games.
I certainly had fun in Hammond this past weekend. I got to meet Jay Ladner (Southeastern Louisiana Men’s Basketball Coach), Pete Panepinto (Mayor of Hammond), David Vitter (US Senator), and David Ducre (LSU Football Player). It was great getting to see Gordy Rush again (he came to watch me play basketball in Baton Rouge and got me a ticket to the Tiger Tour). As usual, I enjoyed the Dance and Olympic Town which I usually can’t do during State Indoor Games. I really enjoyed it.