Area Special Olympics rescheduled for April 22 – UPDATED


After much discussion late yesterday, coordinating with area high school track coaches, the Natchitoches Parish School Board, NSU facilities coordinator and track coaches, and the Louisiana Special Olympics, the decision was made to officially reschedule Special Olympics for this Friday, April 22.
We have over 100 athletes registered for Special Olympics and more than 75 would not have been able to attend next week due to state testing.
We had to juggle so many schedules to make this happen, but we are all set for Special Olympics this Friday, April 22. Any help you can provide in helping us get the word out is greatly appreciated.
Thank you all for your patience and assistance with this very important event.
Reatha Cox
Executive Director of First Year Experience & Leadership Development
Northwestern State University
Phone: 318.357.5559



Northwestern State University has rescheduled the Louisiana Special Olympics Red River Area Athletics Meet for Tuesday, April 26 due to the weather. Evens begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex. The public is invited to attend.

The Northwestern State President’s Leadership Program is hosting the event with assistance fromNatchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones, NSU Athletics, NSU Track and Field, Northwestern State University Police, the Northwestern State University Alumni Association, NSU Foundation and the Northwestern State Office of First Year Experience and Leadership Development. Members of NSU’s Greek organizations and Registered Student Organizations will be volunteering at the event.

More than 100 Special Olympics Louisiana athletes who qualified during various local and area competitions will be participating. A highlight will be the opening ceremonies with the arrival of the Olympic torch, the parade of athletes, and the lighting of the Olympic Flame of Hope by local law enforcement officers. For a detailed schedule of events, go to

Special Olympics Louisiana is a state-wide organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Louisiana offers year-round programs for 14,600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 64 parishes with the help of 15,000 volunteers. Special Olympics Louisiana offers health, education, leadership, family, training and sports programs for people beginning at age two and there is no upper age limit. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics.