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Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering. 

The Power of Sport. For every Special Olympics athlete, there are many more waiting for their chance. Help us reach one more person who wants to participate. Download Program Fact Sheet

It’s at the local level--right here--where interested volunteers meet the athletes. That’s where the perceptions start to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

Sports Offered

  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Bowling
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Flag Football
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Horseshoes
  • Motor Activities
  • Powerlifting
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

News and Stories


January 11, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

My Story

By gabrielle cabrera

I'm 17 and I have autism. I get called the R-word a lot at school by a lot of people. I hate being called retard it makes me sad and it makes me want to cry all the time I hear that word. I wanted to tell everyone who has a special need that you are not alone.View Story I'm 17 and I have autism. I get called the R-word a lot at school by a lot of people. I hate being called retard it makes me sad and it makes me want to cry all the time I hear that word. I wanted to tell everyone who has a special need that you are not alone.

About gabrielle cabrera:i'm 17 and i have two brother i'm the oldest i'm the only in my family with a special needs
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October 29, 2015 | North America: Louisiana

Special Olympics Athlete Featured on Cover of Inside Cheerleading and on CNN

By By Christy White

Lacey Parker practices cheers with members of the cheer squad of the Atlanta Hawks professional basketball team.

Meet Lacey Parker, an 11-year old Special Olympics athlete from Louisiana who was featured on the August cover of Inside Cheerleading and recently found out that she made her middle school's cheer squad!View Story Meet Lacey Parker, an 11-year old Special Olympics athlete from Louisiana who was featured on the August cover of Inside Cheerleading and recently found out that she made her middle school's cheer squad! Lacey, who has Down syndrome, has wanted to become a cheerleader since her older sisters joined cheer squads. In addition to earning a spot on the cheerleading squad, the Atlanta Hawks professional basketball team made her her an honorary member of their cheerleading squad. Doctors originally didn't expect Lacey to survive 10 days. Yet, 11 years later, she continues to thrive and live out her dreams. Click below to read more about her story.

About By Christy White:I am the Director of Global Media and Public Relations
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August 18, 2015 | North America: Louisiana

Perks of Playing Unified

By Casey Minton

SOLA athlete, Camrin Sandoz represented Special Olympics Louisiana when he traveled to Washington, DC to compete in the Quicken Loans National Pro-Am sponsored by Perfect Sense Digital.View Story Camrin Sandoz represented Special Olympics Louisiana when he traveled to Washington, DC to compete in the Quicken Loans National Pro-Am sponsored by Perfect Sense Digital. This picture above is of Cam and professional golfer Arjun Atwal. Once their round of golf was finished, Cam gave Arjun a Special Olympics Unified Golf Gold medal (you can see it in Arjun’s right hand in the shot). Cam had won the medal this year at the Louisiana State Golf Tournament. He told Arjun “I know you have won lots of money and trophies as a pro golfer but I bet you have never won a Special Olympics Gold medal.” At first Arjun said he couldn’t accept Cam’s gold medal, but Cam quickly said, “Don’t worry I’ll win another one next year!”

About Casey Minton:Director of Internal Communications and Marketing
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2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.

Areas Served

The parishes of Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Jefferson, La Salle, Lafayette, Lafourche, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Terrebonne, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll, West Feliciana, Winn 

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