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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


April 21, 2015 | North America: Louisiana

Duck Dynasty’s Jase Robertson Attends Competitions in Louisiana

By Casey Minton

Special Olympics Louisiana athletes, families, staff, and volunteers were thrilled to welcome Jase Robertson, from the hit TV show Duck Dynasty, to State Golf and Cycling in Monroe, Louisiana.View Story Special Olympics Louisiana athletes, families, staff, and volunteers were thrilled to welcome Jase Robertson, from the hit TV show Duck Dynasty, to State Golf and Cycling in Monroe, Louisiana. Everyone was excited to meet Jase Robertson, take pictures, and even learn how to use a duck call! A very big thank you to Jase Robertson for coming and checking out the competitions and opening the games to support Special Olympics athletes! We appreciate you.

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April 07, 2015 | North America: Louisiana

Meet Camrin!

By Casey Minton

Meet Special Olympics Louisiana athlete Camrin Sandoz. Camrin is a junior at Loreauville High School in Loreauville, Louisiana.View Story Meet Special Olympics Louisiana athlete Camrin Sandoz. Camrin is a junior at Loreauville High School in Loreauville, Louisiana. He started playing Unified Golf with Special Olympics Louisiana just last year. After joining the Special Olympics golf team, Camrin began training hard and practicing at his home course, Squirrel Run, every day. Then he decided to try out for his high school golf team. Although he is fairly new to the game, Camrin doesn't play like it! He went out for try outs and has earned a spot on the Loreauville High School team. Camrin will play matches in LHSAA. Congratulations Cam!

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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.

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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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