Throwback Thursday!

Theo Bazille on awards podium thanking Jesus

This Throwback Thursday goes back to June of 2014 for Special Olympics USA Games!

Special Olympics Louisiana sent a delegation of 101 to New Jersey to compete in the Games. Team Louisiana did phenomenal and brought home 47 gold medals, 36 silver medals, 34 bronze medals, 43 fourth place ribbons, 10 fifth place ribbons, 6 sixth place ribbons, 3 seventh place ribbons and 3 eighth place ribbons. That is a grand total of 182 awards!

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Acadiana Athletes Recognized

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The Acadiana Area athletes, partners, and coaches who competed at the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey were honored yesterday at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

The Acadiana Area brought home a total of 20 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals, 9 Bronze medals, 9 fourth place ribbons, 2 fifth place ribbons, 1 seventh place ribbon, 1 eighth place ribbon, and 1 participation ribbon, totaling 48 awards! These Special Olympics Louisiana athletes, unified partners, and coaches represented Louisiana with honor and pride. They have exhibited great sportsmanship, talent, and respect. We salute you for your strong dedication and hard work.

Special thanks to Representative Nancy Landry for making it all possible.

Perseverance

As you wind down your Monday, we thought you could use this quote to help you finish your day!  Our athletes persevere daily in their actions and training.  Can you help continue their perseverance?

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Arnold Gregoire - USA Games

Unspoken Bond

We recently came across an article that features Project UNIFY and wanted to share it with you!  The athlete featured attended the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.

“The two formed an instant bond despite the fact that they had to overcome a major language barrier. “I didn’t know sign language, but through the hallways we gave each other high fives,” recalls Tate…”

Read the full article here.  Learn more about Project UNIFY in Louisiana by clicking here.

Medal Monday: A Memorable Award

At the recent 2014 USA Games, Special Olympics Louisiana Southwest athlete, Virgilene Cagle won a gold medal in her softball throw division. She was awarded her gold medal by none other than, Special Olympics Chairman of the Board, Doctor Tim Shriver. We love watching Virgilene’s excitement in this video and think it’s perfect for Medal Monday!