Relive the excitement and the best moments of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, from the opening ceremony to the competitions and award ceremonies. Can you spot Team Louisiana?
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 undefeated 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!
“Being from Louisiana, Cayenne Pepper keeps them loose, teammates keep it fun.”
– Ted Sandoz, head coach, Unified flag football, Louisiana
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!
The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games are underway! It has been a remarkable 3 days and the best is yet to come! All together 108 athletes, coaches, unified partners, youth leaders and additional staff went to represent our great state. Here is a recap:
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.
To support Team Louisiana while they are in New Jersey, you can donate here.
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.
When you download the app, be sure to search the athlete profiles for Team Louisiana!
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.