Join us on Saturday, May 5th, at 6:00 p.m. for the opening of Brave in the Attempt: Special Olympics in Louisiana. The public is invited to this free exhibit opening, which will include drinks and appetizers.
Brave in the Attempt: Special Olympics in Louisiana explores the history of Special Olympics with an emphasis on the organization’s efforts in Louisiana. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Special Olympics Games, which were held on Soldier Field in Chicago in 1968.
The exhibition includes numerous images and almost fifty artifacts. Among the highlights are Special Olympics swimmer Ashley Arceneaux’s swimsuit, cap, and goggles and medals from athletes Matthew and Joseph Guichard. Many of the items included in the exhibit document one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s most notable achievements: hosting the 1983 International Special Olympics Summer Games in Baton Rouge.
Among the exhibit’s multimedia components is video footage, shot by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, that captures the opening and closing ceremonies, including speeches by former governor David Treen, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and then U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, among others.