We read a recent article about Special Olympics Virginia athlete Erica Bookout. Her story is truly inspiring and we are proud to be part of a movement that enables athletes to reach for their goals. Their goals, not the goals of others who often tell them they can’t or they shouldn’t. Special Olympics empowers athletes to achieve beyond what many think they are capable of. Erica is an athlete, a high school graduate, and soon to have a college degree in Special Education. Read the full story
This week we also heard that local athlete Alton Smith was cleared by doctor’s to no longer need braces on his legs. This is tremendous news, as Alton was originally told he would be unable to walk several years ago. Special Olympics Louisiana taught Alton and his parents strength building techniques and ways to modify “typical” sports to fit Alton’s needs. Just this week, Alton bought his first pair of New Balance tennis shoes! We are so proud of the major milestones and accomplishments these athletes have achieved.
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The latest SOLA (Special Olympics Louisiana) H.E.A.T. (Helping Every Athlete Triumph) newsletter is now available on our website. View the current version here
The SOLA H.E.A.T. is a quarterly newsletter that goes out to all families, coaches and athletes about the latest and greatest events. To sign up to receive this newsletter email us. If you have a story or an athlete you would like to see in the newsletter, tell us about it!
Special Olympics, Inc. recently sent out a memo about athlete Mystie Lucast… “Watching Mystie Lucast glide gracefully across the ice, it is hard to believe she was once withdrawn, ducking her head down and avoiding eye contact. When Debby Lucast first met her adopted daughter, Mystie was a neglected toddler who couldn’t walk or talk. She faced many challenges but persevered with support of her family and, according to Debby, gained self-esteem and really blossomed when she began participating in Special Olympics.” Send Mystie a note of encouragement
We know you have seen this picture, now meet the athlete!
Roy Menard is an 18 year old athlete from New Iberia, LA. He is a medalist in athletics (track & field), as well as, unified basketball, softball and flag football. Roy is an outstanding athlete who has overcome many obstacles with the help of Special Olympics Louisiana. “I grew up being deaf. Special Olympics has changed my life. It has given me the opportunity to show my abilities in all sports. It has pushed me to improve…” Read more about Roy Menard here
Lately, 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