The Unified Champion Schools approach incorporates Special Olympics sports and related activities while enhancing the youth experience and empowering them to be change agents in their communities. This requires a shift in current programs and paradigms from a focus on events to committing to a movement advocating for youth as leaders. This programming promotes social inclusion in schools to ensure special education and general education students are equitably engaged. Teachers and students are encouraged to collaborate and create supportive classrooms, activities and opportunities. Students should be encouraged and supported to be agents of change, have opportunities to be leaders, and participate in collaborative school activities. To achieve this, school leaders and educators must foster a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students. A socially inclusive school is a place where no student is excluded because of the degree or type of disability or the services required to meet his/her needs.
Special Olympics offers numerous Olympic-type individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for persons with and without intellectual disabilities. There are several sports that Special Olympics Louisiana offers but does not hold competitions in due to availability or other environmental factors.
Listed below are all the sports Special Olympics Louisiana has to offer:
Artistic Gymnastics Equestrian
Athletics (Track & Field) Flag Football
Badminton Football (Soccer
Bowling Motor Activity Training
Rhythmic Gymnastics Softball Table Tennis
Tennis Unified Sports Volleyball
You can Change the Game by starting a Special Olympics Unified Sports team at your school or becoming a Unified Champion School. Join the Unified Generation and build a world of inclusion, friendship and respect, one team, one school at a time.
The LSU vs Tulane Special Olympics Unified Rivalry Series Basketball game was held on Saturday, February 4th. The event was held at the Reily Center on Tulane University’s Uptown campus. Unified teams were made up of both Special Olympics Louisiana athletes and students from Louisiana State University and Tulane University. Tulane won the game with a score of 26-4 over LSU.
Special Olympics Unified Sports is an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and Partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis.
Special Olympics wants to create the next generation of individuals who through their connections, technology, concern and action will shape the world to one of respect and acceptance. To make sure all young adults have access to sporting opportunities, Special Olympics is taking an active interest in expanding our collegiate programming. The Unified Sports Rivalry Series was created to connect Unified Sports and our athletes to a high profile collegiate rivalry sports games.
Lake Charles, LA – Special Olympics Louisiana will play host to an In-State Unified Flag Football Rivalry Series featuring McNeese State University vs. Nicholls State University. This event is free and open to the public.
The event will take place on Saturday October 1, 2016 at McNeese State University’s Recreational Center, 4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA 70605, at 10:30 AM promptly. Award presentation will held immediately after the game. For more information visit our website at www.laso.org.
A support staff of more than 30 volunteers will serve in jobs ranging from competition setup, breakdown, to team assistance. Contact Colin Laborde for more information at (800) 345-6644.
Click here to join the fundraising movement by helping your school’s Unified team raise the most money before game day. The team that raises the most money by game day will start their Rivalry Game with an advantage! Make sure your team starts off on the right foot by raising money or donating to your team today. You can even earn awesome prizes as you donate!
Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes and unified partners on teams for training and competition. Learn more and sign up to get involved in unified sports.
Sharing One Language: Sport
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.