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.
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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.
Camp Shriver Bayouland begins Tuesday, June 28, 2016, and will continue through Thursday, June 30 , 2016. Athletes and partners from the Bayouland area come together at Lakewood Elementary for a few days of fun activities. Athletes of all skill levels are attending. Camp Shriver brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities for training and competition. Athletes learn new sports skills, improve individual sport performance, participate in individual and team sports, build friendships and have fun with camp volunteers.
Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The campaign is intended to engage school organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support in helping to build communities of inclusion and acceptance for all people.
Spread the Word to End the Word was founded by college students Soeren Palumbo (Notre Dame 2011) and Tim Shriver (Yale 2011) in 2009, and continues to be led by passionate young people, along with Special Olympics athletes and Best Buddies participants across the United States and in many other parts of the world.
Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the R-word.
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