February 7, 2010
Hammond, LA ¿¿¿ Special Olympics Louisiana and the National Football League Players Association of Louisiana congratulated, Gretna resident, Nora Brechtel on winning the 2010 NFL Experience Raffle back in December! When Mrs. Brechtel¿¿¿s ticket number was drawn she replied, ¿¿¿I was so surprised to receive the news I had won the Superbowl Package. What a perfect year to win Superbowl Tickets! My husband and I are huge Saints fans and we know this is the year of a Black & Gold Superbowl ¿¿¿ we are ecstatic! WHO DAT!!!¿¿¿ Of course, this news arrived before the Saints victory run in the Playoffs and the Brechtel¿¿¿s, at that time, were hoping the Saints would go to the Super Bowl.
The Brechtel¿¿¿s have since returned and like the rest of us are trying to come down from the rush and excitement of the New Orleans Saints first, making it to the Super Bowl and second, becoming World Champions. Nora now remarks, ¿¿¿Miami ¿¿¿ The Superbowl ¿¿¿ The Saints. I would have never believed it, but I was there. The city was awash in black and gold. From the ¿¿¿Who Dat¿¿¿ nation faithful reveling down Ocean Dr. to the Fleur-de-lis waving from bars and hotels; there was a feeling that the Saints¿¿¿ time had come. The stadium was rocking with energy. However, as a long-suffering fan I¿¿¿ve learned to never let my guard down. An inspired onsides kick, a classic Brees touchdown drive, a timeless instant replay reel Porter interception, and still I was holding my breath. But when the Saints¿¿¿ ¿¿¿D¿¿¿ shut down Manning while running down the clock, it was like Mardi Gras in Miami!!!¿¿¿
Thousands of NFL raffle tickets were sold across Louisiana for $10 in fall of 2009. The fundraiser was a huge success for Special Olympics Louisiana and each year the raffle has taken place ticket sales have increased. Tickets for the 2011 Super Bowl will go on sale in fall of 2010 and we are confident they will sell like hot cakes in the hopes of the New Orleans Saints repeating another unbelievable season!
Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) is a statewide organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. SOLA offers year-round programs for 13,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 64 parishes with the help of 12,000 volunteers. We have health, education, leadership, family, training and sports programs for people beginning at age 2 and there is no upper age limit. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics. For more information about Special Olympics Louisiana, please visit www.laso.org. ###