4 from Louisiana travel to the Hill

Anna Leach and Sean Adams pose for a picture while in Washington DC

Anna Leach and Sean Adams pose for a picture while in Washington DC

Tomorrow, Special Olympics athletes, family members, staff and leaders will converge in Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for our 11th annual Capitol Hill Day, to advocate for critical funds that enable Special Olympics to offer its life and community-changing work, particularly in the areas of health and education.

Special Olympics Louisiana has 4 representatives taking part in Capitol Hill Day tomorrow, President and CEO, Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, Director of External Relations, Craig Oser, Bayouland Athlete, Sean Adams and Unified Partner, Anna Leach. They will meet with Representatives Vance McAllister, Cedric Richmond and Steve Scalise, as well as, staff members for Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter and Representatives Charles Boustany, Jr., Bill Cassidy, and John Fleming.

People with IDD are a population that is far too often ignored and subject to stigma and stereotype that has real and significant social consequences – consequences that are particularly profound in the areas of healthcare and education. Special Olympics, in partnership with the U.S. Government, is helping to address these issues through highly impactful, cost-effective programs.

You can join us! Please support Special Olympics Louisiana by contacting your Senator or Representative to ask them to support the critical impact work of our organization. http://www.contactingthecongress.org

The Experience of Being a Special Olympics Athlete

The Experience of Being a Special Olympics Athlete: by Tiffany Hebert  Tiffany Hebert on plane to DC

I lie here thinking about my experience of being a Special Olympics athlete. My experience has been great. My memory is filled with emotions and pictures of me finishing events, maybe not always in first place but still very excited and happy that I finished my event. My next major event was my trip to Washington, DC. I was so excited and helped Special Olympics continue its blessed outreach to our wonderful athletes as we inspire athletes not to give up and to keep going. We can do anything that we put our minds too. Our oath says: “Let me win and if I can not win let me be brave in the attempt.” This oath is what our athletes live by in everyday life. Every bad day this rings out in our mind that we can be brave and still have the courage to get though and finish no matter what. Who inspires you to greatness in everyday life?

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!