“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford
Special Olympics Louisiana is starting a new team in St. Tammany Parish called the Florida Parishes Pride. This sports program will give opportunities to local children and adults with intellectual disabilities who may already participate in our program through schools or agencies and will also welcome new members who have never participated in Special Olympics. This program will concentrate on developing a positive atmosphere in the community for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Athletes, coaches, and family members will experience the joy of competing against athletes around the state and the nation. Athletes will work towards advancement to higher level competitions such as area invitationals, state competitions, and USA Games. The Special Olympics Sports Day scheduled on Saturday, November 12, has been postponed until a later date.
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Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and unified partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. More info on Unified Sports here.
Being a partner is an additional means of carrying out and fulfilling the mission of Special Olympics. Teams are constructed in such a way as to provide training and competition opportunities that meaningfully challenge and involve all athletes. These opportunities often lead to improved sports skills, higher self-esteem, and equal status among peers and new friendships.
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Meet SOLA athlete, Camrin Sandoz.
Camrin is a junior at Loreauville High School in Loreauville, Louisiana. He started playing Unified Golf with Special Olympics Louisiana just last year. Camrin trains hard, practices at his home course, Squirrel Run, in New Iberia every day, and decided to try out for his high school golf team. Although he is fairly new to the game, Camrin doesn’t play like it! He went out for try outs and has earned a spot on the Loreauville High School golf team. Camrin will play matches in LHSAA. Congratulations Cam! We are proud of you!
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Are YOU ready to be a part of a great team? A team that will help people in your area and will allow you to contribute to a great organization. If this sounds interesting then Special Olympics Louisiana’s Area Management Team is the place for YOU!
We are searching for professionals with various skill sets to help run the “business” of Special Olympics Louisiana in your area. We are looking to fill these positions immediately: administration, sports & competition, public relations and volunteering. Other positions are available, such as fundraising, family outreach, and training.
You will be helping to provide thousands of people with intellectual disabilities a chance to compete right in your community. Interested? Contact our Outreach Director, Charlie Courville at 1-800-345-6644 or email@example.com.
“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!
Special Olympics means many different things to many different people. This video shows the trans-formative power our movement has on families, individuals, community members, teachers, coaches, etc. Watch and get inspired!
Recently, our very own Unified Special Olympics Louisiana Cheer Team, competed in an exhibition at Southeastern Louisiana University. Our athletes and partners did a tremendous job and received a standing ovation after their routine! Check out the picture below. Leave a comment of congrats for the team.