Alex and Ani

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Special Olympics has once again partnered with Alex & Ani to bring you the “Power of Unity” bangle that will benefit Special Olympics!

Alex and Ani, a made in America lifestyle brand and producer of jewelry, and Special Olympics have partnered together through their Charity by Design division to create a new bangle. The “Power of Unity” expandable wire bangle is available in Rafaelian Silver and Rafaelian gold and will be sold in Alex and Ani retail stores nationwide, online at Alexandani.com, and at partnering retail accounts.

The bangle design features the Special Olympics symbol which is an expression of how the Special Olympics movement reveals the champion in all of us, inspiring achievement, change, revelation and community in all who connect with Special Olympics. On the other side of the charm, the Special Olympics Athlete Oath appears, “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Alex & Ani will donate to Special Olympics 20% of the purchase price from each Power of Unity Charm.

Click here to purchase yours today!

Project UNIFY

We here at Special Olympics Louisiana are very excited to once again be selected by Special Olympics, Inc. as a Project Unify state! We have several schools across Louisiana that help us with this project and support our efforts for change and inclusion.

Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is an education-based project that uses sports and Louisiana Unified Youth Summit Project Unifyeducation programs to activate young people to develop school communities where all youth are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

What started a few years ago has grown into a huge movement! Many students are creating commercials and programs in their schools to make a difference. Click the blue Project Unify to view all the resources, fact sheets, videos, etc. Learn more about Project Unify

Tenacious and Passionate Youth

CEO CornerRecently I had an opportunity to listen to Special Olympics athletes and youth leaders within our organization.  Youth leaders without intellectual disabilities partner with our athletes in a unique program – Project Unify. The youth leaders and athletes were conveying difficulties they were having within their own school systems- getting school leaders to allow them to participate in Special Olympics activities.  One young adult had recruited 130 students within his school interested in participating in Project Unify, but the person who could give them approval within the school said no. The young student was not willing to give up.  He knew the value of this program & wanted his friends to be allowed to participate.  We were able to praise him for not giving up and help him to develop a strategy that won over the leadership at the school.  Thanks to this young man more people will be able to engage in a life changing Movement.  We need more tenacious and passionate youth leaders like this in our organization.

1st Founding Partner of 2014 Special Olympics USA Games announced

We are very excited to announce that the Organizing Committee of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and Toys”R”Us® announced a $1 million commitment from the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund, making Toys”R”Us the first Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.

“Toys”R”Us signing as the first Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games continues their on-going support of our movement,” said Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. “Their vision and leadership in the area of inclusive play will only add to the unity that these National Games will create throughout New Jersey and the nation.” Read the full announcement

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will take place at sporting venues throughout New Jersey, June 14 through June 21. More than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete in 17 sports. An estimated 10,000 volunteers as well as 50,000 additional spectators will be in attendance. Learn more about the games here.

 

Take it to the Hill

Special Olympics Louisiana has sent three representatives to the annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington D.C.. Tomorrow they will meet with representatives and senators to talk about the importance of Special Olympics and our programming. Pictured below are Unified Partner Casey Cantrelle and Special Olympics Louisiana athlete Tiffany Hebert on their way to DC!

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