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Special Olympics is a global organization that serves more than 4 million 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 29, 2015 | North America: Louisiana

Louisiana Athlete Surprises Country Singer

By Casey Minton

A few years ago Sammy Kershaw, country music legend, met the father of Special Olympics Louisiana athlete, Aaron Rhodes. Aaron's father spoke with Kershaw about how his son was a huge fan of his music. After sending home an autographed CD for Aaron, Kershaw later invited him to come over to his home.View Story A few years ago Sammy Kershaw, country music legend, met the father of Special Olympics Louisiana athlete, Aaron Rhodes. Aaron's father spoke with Kershaw about how his son was a huge fan of his music. After sending home an autographed CD for Aaron, Kershaw later invited him to come over to his home. Kershaw prepared an exciting surprise for Aaron upon his arrival. Expecting nothing in return, he was going to present Aaron with a autographed guitar. Before presenting this special gift, Aaron surprised everyone. Aaron gave his favorite country singer one of his hard earned gold medals. Kershaw stated, "I am very hard to surprise, but this boy pulled a fast one." Aaron was so ecstatic to meet his favorite country singer and both give and receive a prized possession.

About Casey Minton:Casey Minton Special Olympics Louisiana Director of Internal Communications and Marketing
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December 31, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

Special Olympics Programs Collaborate

By Casey Minton

Special Olympics Mississippi and Special Olympics Louisiana staff members posed for a group portrait.

Special Olympics Mississippi and Special Olympics Louisiana gathered on Tuesday, December 16th to share information and exchange ideas. More sessions are planned for 2015.View Story Special Olympics Mississippi and Special Olympics Louisiana gathered in December to share information and exchange ideas. The staffs of our two Programs had an informative day of brainstorming, team building, and forming relationships. We collaborated on ways to launch Special Olympics to the next level in their area. The idea was the brainstorm of the two CEO's, who felt their respective staffs could benefit from information sharing and sharing best practices. The staff broke into individual sessions with counterparts discussing special events, sports, public relations and marketing, and corporate relationship building. More brainstorming and sharing is planned for 2015 to discuss additional specific topics from time to time and visit each other's events. We believe our Programs will be stronger as a result of staff interaction and sharing ideas. Future collaboration will involve ideas to implement Program Quality Standards. Although we are separate chapters, we feel working together is necessary. Doing so will greatly benefit our athletes and will hopefully allow us to reach many more potential athletes who can excel with our services.

About Casey Minton:Director of Internal Communications and Marketing for Special Olympics Louisiana
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November 13, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

LSU vs. BAMA Unified Flag Football Game Featured on SEC Network

By Casey Minton

The Unified flag football game that took place at Louisiana State University's UREC this past Saturday was featured on ESPN’s SEC Nation.View Story The Unified flag football game that took place at Louisiana State University's UREC this past Saturday was featured on ESPN’s SEC Nation! The clip featured both LSU and Alabama athletes and was broadcasted live. Special Olympics College LSU took the victory with a 34-14 score! Both teams played exceptionally well and it was a great game.

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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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