A local nonprofit focuses on getting Louisiana children up and running
The Louisiana Association of Sports, Outdoor Adventure and Recreation (LASOAR) is a nonprofit organization based out of Cecilia and Lafayette, Louisiana. Their mission is to reconnect children to the natural world and promote the power of play to improve child and family health and well-being.
Recent data compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on Child and Family Health shows Louisiana ranking 49 out of 50, making us one of the unhealthiest states in the nation. LASOAR set the goals of creating programs and initiatives to encourage families to get out and get active. They also collaborate with other organizations having a similar mission to combine efforts and accomplish more together.
Their vision to improve Louisiana communities includes safer city parks, more organized programs utilizing green spaces, and trail systems linking neighborhoods and playgrounds with multiple access points.
Another goal places emphasis on sport and recreational activities that are all-inclusive and focus on teamwork, social development and kinesthetic learning where children can discover their talents and foster a passion for fitness and sports.
LASOAR would like to see community gardening projects that educate children about soil, native plants and growing their own food to promote healthy eating and environmental consciousness.
Ultimately, they want children to grow up active and environmentally conscious. This amazing local organization is providing more opportunities for Louisiana children to hike through the woods, explore Louisiana waterways, play in the dirt, and join others in becoming stewards of the environment.
LASOAR employs Louisiana certified teachers, and all educational programs are aligned with Louisiana health and physical education content standards. Furthermore, adventure guides are highly experienced and have received appropriate certifications in their field.
They offer multiple activities and leagues to get not only children but the whole community involved in outdoor activities. Families can sign up to play soccer, kickball, volleyball or even go for a group hike or paddle down the Bayou Teche.
There is always an array of activities to choose from year-round. Find out how to get involved, donate or even volunteer by visiting lasoar.org.