SOMT hosts Delegation from Laos – SPECIAL EVENT on Tuesday, October 25

SOMT hosts Delegation from Laos – SPECIAL EVENT on Tuesday, October 25

This week Special Olympics Montana is hosting two international programs from Laos in Great Falls. One is called the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellowship program. Professional Fellow Thong Lor will be learning from Special Olympics Montana and other organizations about how NGO (non-government organizations/nonprofits) work in the US. Thong is the Operations Manager for an organization called Quality of Life Association in Laos.  For more information on the YSEALI Professional Fellowship visit:

The second is the SportsUnited program. The SportsUnited program integrates eco-diplomacy into youth empowerment through sports and physical activity with a focus on indigenous youth and youth with disabilities. SOMT and other Great Falls organization will host 9 Laotian professionals to promote diplomacy through sport. Their visit will include a series of activities and proclamation by City Commissioner Tracy Houck on Tuesday, November 25.

The Great Falls’ “SportsUnited- Special Olympics Unified Diplomacy Day” – Schedule of Events

9:00-11:00 am – Unified Bowling Event Little Lanes with selected Special Olympics Montana athletes and community volunteers.  An official proclamation will be presented by Great Falls City Commissioner Tracy Houck officially recognizing the day as “SportsUnited- Special Olympics Unified Diplomacy Day” to kick off the event.

11:15 am-12:30 pm – Luncheon in honor of the proclamation and the international guests from Laos will be hosted at the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

Invited attendees:

  • Delegation from Laos 
  • Special Olympics Montana Athletes
  • Special Olympics Montana Staff
  • Captain John Schaffer,Great Falls Police Department
  • Gary Owen, United Way
  • Diane Nelson, Easter Seals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain
  • Brad Livingston, Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Lynn Morely, Quality of Life Concepts
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