EKS Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the 4th annual EKS Day or Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day.  We will be celebrating tomorrow by going to basketball camp hosted by the University of New Orleans Basketball Team!  Our athletes will participate in drills and also play in a unified game.EKS Day

We actually started celebrating a day early (!)… We hosted the awards portion of our Camp Shriver at Magnolia School this morning and our athletes were treated to a wonderful speech about Eunice Kennedy Shriver by one of our veteran staff.

How will you celebrate EKS tomorrow?

Learn more here.

Basketball Clinic

This Wednesday, athletes from two different areas will head to the University of New Orleans for a basketball clinic.  Coach Mark Slessinger and his team will coach our athletes on the fundamentals of basketball, but will also get the chance to play a game against the UNO athletes!  UNO Basketball Team with SOLA Athletes

Athletes that have attended in the past have had a great time and we are expecting another great clinic.

Check back later for pictures and stories.

UNO Basketball Clinic

A few weeks back, 16 of our athletes we invited to the University of New Orleans practice facility for a basketball clinic.  The UNO men’s basketball team and Head Coach Mark Slessinger put our athletes through different basketball skills.  After, our athletes were allowed into the locker room and film room to see where the team gets ready for the big game.  Then, each SOLA athlete was paired with a UNO athlete and were introduced onto the court inside the Lakefront Arena where the Privateers compete!

Thank You to the UNO basketball team, Coach Slessinger and the Athletic Department at the University of New Orleans!

Check out a post-clinic interview here.

Sharing the Court

Last week, we told you about a camp some of our athletes attended at the University of New Orleans, which was hosted by the men’s basketball team.  Athletes were put through drills, took a tour of the Lakefront Arena, and played a game against the UNO team.

Bryan Salmond from WWL-TV was on hand to capture the action at the camp.  He shows how the UNO athletes views of athletes were changed.

Click the picture to see the video from WWL-TV!

UNO Camp WWLTV

 

University of New Orleans holds Basketball Camp

Yesterday, some of our athletes participated in a basketball camp hosted by the University of New Orleans.  Head Coach Slessinger, led the camp along with his assistant coaches and his players.

Our athletes started the camp with a warm-up followed by three rotations of skill performances.  Next, they were treated to a tour of the Lakefront Arena.  Then, they toured the locker room and video room, stopping for a quick video session.  Finally, the camp concluded with our athletes playing against the UNO players. Special Olympics Louisiana athletes took home the win!

Thanks to all of the coaches, players, and staff at UNO for hosting a great basketball camp.  We are already looking forward to the next one!

Read more here on what Coach Slessinger said about the camp.

Athletes Learn the Game

As most of you know the NCAA Final 4 is in New Orleans this year.  Four of the best teams in college hoops competed on Saturday, with the Kentucky Wildcats and the Kansas Jayhawks prevailing as the teams to play in the championship tonight!  Before the the championship tonight in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, we wanted to share a couple of pictures from the clinic some of our athletes attended yesterday sponsored by the NCAA.  Our athletes were given the chance to learn from some of the best college coaches across the country including University of New Orleans Head Coach Mark Slessigner.  Other universities represented were George Washington and St. Paul’s to name a few…

Our athletes were put through drills such as passing, catching, shooting, and dribbling to better understand the game.  After the drills, our athletes competed against the coaches in a full-court game!

Many thanks to all of the coaches, Special Olympics North America staff, The New Orleans Convention Center, and the NCAA for hosting Special Olympics Louisiana!