48 hours left to 2013

Time is running out to make your 2013 tax-deductible gift to Special Olympics Louisiana. And with less than 48 hours to go, the stakes just got higher.

We’ve written you about the exciting challenge issued by our partner Finish Line – through midnight tomorrow, they will match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to a campaign total of $250,000.

Every dollar we raise matters. Additional support means more trainings and competitions, more joy and confidence, and more athletes in the swimming lanes, on the soccer fields, and on the running tracks. Please help us stretch a little further to meet this challenge head on.

Train like a Champion

From Friday November 15th, through Tuesday November 19th, athletes, partners, and coaches from around the state, converged on Camp Beauregard to train like champions for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games!  Athletes and partners trained in athletics, aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf, and tennis all with the hopes of being selected to represent Louisiana!

2014 SO National GAmes logo

 

A huge thank you to the staff at Camp Beauregard.  Their help and dedication the past few days have been tremendous and we are grateful for the use of their facilities!  Also, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office, Louisiana State Police, and the Knights of Columbus did an amazing job of cooking for us all weekend and for that we say thank you.

Keep updated on Team Louisiana by checking our Facebook and Twitterpages.

Coaching Unified Sports

Bayouland Camp Shriver Unified sports playersThe National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) in conjunction with Special Olympics North America has created a new, free course titled “Coaching Unified Sports.” Check it out here

The course is very interactive and engaging. It features 4 different chapters including situational scenarios and testimonials (Kurt Warner & his wife are featured). After the course is fully completed, coaches receive a certificate stating that they completed the course. The best thing about the NFHS site is that you can take the course at your own pace. Some other unique features about the NFHS site is the “Coach Search” element and the Transcript feature. Signing up with the NFHS is free. Coaches taking this course will gain a general knowledge to successfully build an unified team.

Geaux Over the Edge

Over the Edge is this Friday! There are still a few spots for those daring enough to take part in this once in a lifetime adventure. First you will start with rappelling down the side of the 26 story Benson Tower (that’s over 400 ft!). Then you will be whisked away in a helicopter from the Superdome to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office SWAT Training Facility. Here you will participate in several training exercises and receive a SWAT team jacket. Then you will be flown back to the Superdome. Don’t miss this chance, sign up today! We dare you!

Leadership

On Friday, August 23rd, our staff, Area Directors, and key Volunteers gathered at the Landmark Hotel in Metairie, LA for Leadership Training conducted by the Louisiana Army National Guard. 

The training session focused on how to be a great and effective leader within the Special Olympics Louisiana community.  Along with the presentation, each attendee completed a personality test and received books on leadership.

Thanks to the Louisiana National Guard for a great training!

Geaux Over the Edge

Are you a thrill seeker? Are you about to go Over the Edge? We can help!

Special Olympics Louisiana presents Over the Edge the Ultimate S.W.A.T. Experience on Friday, September 7th. Start your day by rappelling down the 26 story Benson Tower, then get flown by helicopter from the Superdome to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office SWAT facility to go through several different training courses.

Donnie Guillory goes Over the Edge

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Pictured to the left, in the middle, is Special Olympics Louisiana athlete Donnie Guillory who is up for the challenge. Donnie did Over the Edge a few years ago and is ready to tackle Benson Tower. View his Fundraising Page.

It’s All About YOU

Hey YOU, Yeah I’m talking to you!

What are you doing?  Are you spending the days wanting to do more?  Are you looking to break the mundane work cycle?  Well, we are looking for YOU!

We are currently searching the great state of Louisiana for people just like YOU!  People, who are dedicated, driven and have the willingness to help others and want to be part of something BIG.  Our Area Management Teams are the answer!  Accounting to Youth Development, we have something for your interests and we are looking for you.  Read more about it here.  Share your talents with us; you will be amazed what it can do for your soul.

Interested?  Call our Outreach Director, Charlie Courville @ 1-800-345-6644 or email CCourville@laso.org for more information.  Do it now!  Don’t wait till tomorrow, because tomorrow may be to late…