We Want You!

Calling all athletes, families, coaches, partners, and volunteers. This is your chance to shine!

One of our favorite things here at SOLA is hearing amazing stories from our Special Olympics community.

Please share your story with us. We want to know how you became involved with Special Olympics and what kind of difference it has made in your everyday life! You could even share your best photos from an event or competition.

We will even share some of your stories to our blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

You can post your stories or pictures into the comments below or email us!

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Did You Know?

Did you know that we feature Special Olympics Louisiana Athletes on our website each month?  It’s true, we do!  Clarence Agee

This month is Clarence Agee from the Capital Area.  Clarence is a bowler and has been a Special Olympics Louisiana athlete for 13 years.  Click here to learn more about Clarence!

Do you know an athlete that you would like to be featured on the Athlete Spotlight?  If so, leave a comment below!

Dreaming of Loretta Claiborne

Recently, one of Special Olympics most famous faces, Loretta ClaibornLaney Langee, visited Dodson Elementary in New Iberia, LA.  She was there to talk about her life, her struggles, and her successes.

A few weeks later a student at Dodson, Laney Lange, wrote a story about Loretta.  But it wasn’t just any story.  She had a dream that she was Loretta Claiborne!  She dreamed that she was at her school as Loretta and everyone was welcoming her.

This story was very inspiring and representatives from Special Olympics International even took part and read Laney’s story!

Read Laney’s story here.

What it means to Volunteer

CEO CornerLately, I have talked to many people who have recounted their volunteer stories and what it means to volunteer.  I have seen a common thread running through each story.  Volunteers talk about how they became involved in Special Olympics because they wanted to help Special Olympics athletes.  The volunteers ultimately learned THEY were the ones who benefited from their volunteerism.  They shared stories of being emotionally moved by getting to know our athletes; they have been touched by hearing athlete stories of overcoming adversity; and inspired through stories of athletes becoming more than they dreamed they could become. Do you have a volunteer story you would like to share?

– Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, Special Olympics Louisiana President and CEO