Meet the “Home Team!”

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Special Olympics Team USA is proud to announce that it will send a 491 member delegation to represent the United States at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, being held July 25-August 2, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.
Team Louisiana is thrilled to send 6 members to join the Team USA delegation! Athlete Theodore Bazile will compete in Athletics and athletes, Gerren Brown and Courtney Calhoon, will compete in Bowling alongside Unified Partner, Landa Gann. Athlete, Carol Maricle, will compete in Bocce and Coach Cindy Landry will help lead the Cycling team. Congratulations on being selected to represent Team USA!
The “home team” will include 304 athletes and 43 Unified Partners competing in 17 sports, 102 volunteer coaches, and 42 volunteer sports and management team members, representing all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The team also includes several Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams, where people with and without intellectual disability compete together, as teammates.
To learn more, visit www.LA2015.org.

“We win moments, not Games”

Acadiana Coach Lanclos said, “We win moments, not games” after the recent State Summer Games. As true as this statement is, Team Louisiana is doing both! Winning moments they will cherish forever, and winning games right now at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. The excitement is contagious as we boast about having the best Unified Flag Football team in the nation, an undefeatedGolf goofing off on medal stands Unified Basketball team, over 20 gold medals and are bringing home 80+ awards thus far. (We still have lots more to be awarded!) The memories and stories are unique, several athletes and partners have remarked that this event has been life changing. We are truly proud of the games we are winning, but even more excited about the moments our entire organization is experiencing!

Geaux Team Louisiana!

Cayenne Pepper and Teammates

“Being from Louisiana, Cayenne Pepper keeps them loose, teammates keep it fun.”
–       Ted Sandoz, head coach, Unified flag football, Louisiana
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Coach Sandoz couldn’t have said it any better. Team Louisiana’s Unified Flag Football team has been putting on quite a show at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. The team has been showing off their dance moves during half time. Yesterday, the team was losing going into the half, but once they got done dancing, they came back and won the game!

Revealing the Louisiana Champions in New Jersey

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Saturday, 12 of our team members flew in style courtesy of the Citation Special Olympics Airlift, 1/2 our delegation made it to New Jersey with no problem and the other 1/2 spent a few extra hours in the New Orleans airport (which made for some interesting stories and photos.) All in all, our delegation arrived safely!
Sunday, several of our sports scoped out the venues and practiced. That night, they participated in the spectacular Opening Ceremonies where the cauldron was lit and the games officially declared open!
Monday, preliminary competitions began for Team Louisiana.
– Highlights include: Two bowlers, Joshua Racca and Donnie Guillory bowled turkeys, Gerren Brown even bowled 4 strikes in a row. Unified Flag Football won against Delaware 25-12. Aquatics did great in the 4×25 medley relay. Unified Basketball won against Maryland 33-24 and against Tennesse 34-17.

Stay up to date with Team Louisiana on our social media channels facebook, twitter and instagram. Check out the pictures here.

To support Team Louisiana while they are in New Jersey, you can donate here.

2014 Special Olympics USA Games App

Do you want to stay connected with the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games?  If so, head over to the USA Games website or go to the App Store or Google Play so you can download the official app today!  The app features event info, schedules, maps, social media links, and athlete profiles!  This is a great way to stay connected to USA Games from any location.USA Games App

When you download the app, be sure to search the athlete profiles for Team Louisiana!

Uniform Ready

Today, we had a house full of volunteers helping pack our 100+ athletes, partners, and coaches bags for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.  We want to give a huge thanks to all that helped! 2014 USA Games Uniform Packing

There is still time to donate to Team Louisiana.  You can do so by clicking here or calling 1-800-345-6644.

Meet Team Louisiana here.