SWLA Special Olympians compete today - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

SWLA Special Olympians compete today

By Jason Belk - bio | email

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - The Southwest Louisiana Special Olympics Equestrian Team hosted the Equestrian Invitational Games for Special Olympic athletes from around the state.

Athletes, like Seth Greathouse, competed in events such as English and Western stock seat equitation, working trails and also showmanship at halter.

"The Special Olympics program has been very rewarding. Seth participates in swimming, field games and a lot of different as the other athletes. The equestrian is really special," said Seth's father, Glen.

Events like the Equestrian Invitational are not only important to these very special athletes, but rewarding for their families as well.

"Most people out here, especially the volunteers and the parents involved. It's very gratifying for them to see these kids appreciate and get a kick out of doing things," said Greathouse.

The goal of the Special Olympics is to change lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities.

But events like today also give the special athletes a chance to show they can compete just like anyone else.

"Special Olympics is an opportunity for a lot of our athletes that have been told they can't do all their life. Special Olympics opens up a world of can do, and things parents were told they would never do. We offer them the chance to give their athletes a chance to try that event," said Janette Burr, the Director of Outreach and Area Management for the SW Region of the Special Olympics.

For more information on how you can become a part of Southwest Area Special Olympics, you can visit solswarea@aol.com, or Special Olympics Louisiana, you can visit laso.org.

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