Special Olympics Arizona

Support the Louise Brooks Memorial Raffle - Central Arizona
December 3, 2016 at this years Installation Event in Tucson

Who was Louise Brooks?  Louise volunteered at the University of Arizona and became an employee in 1977. Louise was always fun to be around and made holidays and birthdays special for everyone.  Louise was a founding member of the Arizona AALAS branch and received both the Technician of the Year & Member of the Year awards for her dedication.

Louise loved children and she came up with the idea of a yearly raffle with proceeds going for toys and games for sick children at the Arizona Cancer Center. The raffle was named for her after her untimely death in 1996 from complications caused by Lupus. The Arizona branch proudly has carried on the raffle in her honor.

"Special Olympics Arizona...Let me win, but if I cannot let me be brave in the attempt."

This is the Special Olympic oath, which the special Olympians recite before each competition. Children and adults with intellectual difficulties have embodied this saying for over 30 years as they participate in year round sports training and athletic competitions.

For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities and develop belief in themselves. For athletes, Special Olympics sports provide a gateway to empowerment, competence, acceptance and joy.  The lessons learned in Special Olympics also impact their life skills. Sports training enhances focus and gives participants a structure for learning important lessons about perseverance, endurance and setting goals. Many people are surprised to know, more than half of adult Special Olympics athletes in the United States are employed, versus 10% of intellectually disabled persons who do not participate in Special Olympics. 

Please help Arizona AALAS by supporting our raffle. All proceeds go to the Special Olympics Arizona.

Do you or your company need ideas for making a donation?

For information on how you can help: See our donation request letter, or Contact AZAALAS@gmail.com

Want to put your tickets on your credit card? Contact us and we will invoice you (2.9%+.40 credit card fees apply).

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Special Olympics Arizona's (SOAZ) goal is to empower the over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive, and respected members of society through SOAZ's year-round sports training, competitions and support programs.  Special Olympics transcend boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, race and religion. All of our programs are provided at no cost to our Special Olympics

Special Olympics organization and families extend their deepest gratitude for the generosity of our sponsors, without your support our mission would only be a dream. Thank you.