NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Special Olympics Louisiana, Inc.

The recipient entity's physical address:
           46 Louis Prima Drive, Suite A
Covington, LA 70433

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           46 Louis Prima Drive, Suite A
Covington, LA 70433

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Sharon Ann Sofford
Jessie May Dykes
James R. Austin
Gary S. Grand
Dr. Charles C. Foti, Sr.

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  6608

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $300,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Peyton Lambert, Chair, 415 Bonnabel Boulevard, Metairie LA 70005
Claris Smith, Vice Chair, 1205 St. Charles Avenue, #1308, New Orleans LA 70130
Brandon McNabb, Treasurer, 4201 Beaune Drive, Kenner LA 70065
Lisa Helms, Secretary, 1810 Old Mandeville Lane, Mandeville, LA 70448
Jim Pittman, 1133 Helios Avenue, Metairie LA 70005
Bradley Cook, 16309 Brewster Road, K-378, Covington LA 70430
John Derbas, 408 Shady View Lane, Covington LA 70433
Wendy Charrier, 700 Murray St., Alexandria LA 71301
Paul Tanguis, 832 East Boston Street, #14, Covington LA 70433
Maranda White, 4600 Sherwood Common, Suite 301, Baton Rouge LA 70816
Emmett Robins, 16721 Cicero Avenue, Baton Rouge LA 70816
Jill Egle-Athlete, 6555 Wuerpel Street, New Orleans LA 70124
Fallon Buckner, 724 Gardenia Street, Monroe LA 70068
Michael Federico, 12720 Old Hammond Hwy, Baton Rouge LA 70816
John Guzzardo, President & CEO, 46 Louis Prima Drive, Suite A, Covington, LA 70433

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Special Olympics Louisiana will offer sports training & competition, health programming to include inclusive health programs and inclusive education programming to the current 12,137 athletes and try to reach the additional 124,247 persons in Louisiana in order to improve their quality of life through our programs while educating the public regarding the needs and abilities of persons with intellectual disabilities.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $120,419
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $150,381
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $29,200

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          The ultimate goal of Special Olympics Louisiana is to assist persons with intellectual disabilities of all ages in becoming productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public's awareness of their capabilities and needs ultimately affecting public attitudes toward and treatment of people with intellectual disabilities
We want to offer our athletes another level of physical fitness that they may not receive elsewhere and to enhance their quality of life! 50% more Special Olympics athletes have jobs than those not in Special Olympics. We want to change attitudes of individuals about persons with intellectual disabilities, teaching them the diverse gifts of everyone no matter the abilities. While the core of Special Olympics centers around sports, we have also integrated inclusive programming in Health and Education that are life changing and improve their lives and the lives of their families.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) will offer annually approximately 100 competitive events where athletes can showcase their talents. More than 55 training schools will be conducted to teach individuals in the community to become Special Olympics coaches. SOLA will provide training for key leaders in the organization. SOLA will conduct 6 Healthy Athlete programs across the state where athletes receive FREE health exams in the health fields of podiatry, dental, hearing, and vision, physical therapy, over health including education in nutrition and healthy behaviors, provide physicals, and psychological wellness. We will continue to reach new Young Athletes (ages 2-7) providing early intervention for children through sports play, utilizing physical activities to develop fundamental motor tracking & eye-hand coordination play. We will offer the SOLA opportunity to the other 124,247 persons in LA with intellectual disabilities who are not yet being offered the opportunity through a statewide media campaign. We will take Special Olympics programming into as many school systems as possible. Currently 192 schools (10 of which are college campuses) are working with the Department of Education, and we have recently started working with Head Start programs in Louisiana to bring early intervention programming to their curriculum. “Get Into It” is a free service-learning curriculum for K-12 grade levels (regular education students) that consists of online resources that include lessons, activities, videos, athlete stories and supplemental materials. At the core of “Get Into It” are age-appropriate lessons designed to be taught in the context of class periods. It celebrates the diverse gifts of every student, whatever his or her ability. The materials are designed as a relatively simple way to achieve several closely related student learning goals. It involves students in learning about those who are different but who can nonetheless inspire the world with the lesson that we all have gifts to contribute no matter what our limitations. Unified Sports teams will be formed which pairs SOLA athletes with non-handicapped individuals in the community on sports teams, as well as inclusive health & fitness clubs as part of our Health & Fitness Programs.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           1 Year

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  None

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 Special Olympics Louisiana has signed a contract to provide services to the State of Louisiana since 1971, for citizens with intellectual disabilities.
LA Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               We are the only program in the state who provides these services to Louisiana citizens, children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We provide a sports training and competition program teaching them self-confidence and to give most of them a purpose in life. 50% more Special Olympics athletes have jobs compared to their counterparts who are not in Special Olympics. Though sports is at the core of our work, Special Olympics Louisiana focuses on the whole athlete by providing a holistic approach to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through our health & fitness program, inclusive leadership, and inclusive educational school-based programming and fitness programs.

Contact Information
name:  Carlos L. Alessi 
                                       address:  46 Louis Prima Drive, Suite A
Covington, LA 70433

                                       phone:  800-345-6644
                                       fax:  985-345-6649
                                       relationship to entity:  Sr. Director of Foundation Relations