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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


June 23, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

Louisiana Athletes Participate in Hit-a-Home-Run Fundraiser

By Casey Minton

The third annual Hit-a-Home-Run for Special Olympics Mississippi took place on June 21, 2016 at Trustmark Park, home of the Double-A Atlanta Braves baseball team.View Story The third annual Hit-a-Home-Run for Special Olympics Mississippi took place on June 21, 2016 at Trustmark Park, home of the Double-A Atlanta Braves baseball team. This year, a Unified team of Mississippians played against a Unified “Southern League” team of athletes from Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. The Southern League team, including Louisiana, took home the gold! All three SOLA athletes, Aaron Rhodes, Logan Dahlquist, and Mike Thibodeaux, were from Team UnLimited, a unified softball team from the Acadiana Area. SOLA athletes were joined by Coach Mike Rhodes with his wife, Kathy, and two other coaches, Bekah Russo and Brodie Russo. Each team included 8 Unified Partners composed of local/state/regional celebrities and 7 Athletes. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and athletes Michael Lewis (former New Orleans Saint); Sarah Thomas (NFL ref); Steve Avery and Marquis Grissom (former Atlanta Braves) took the field alongside Special Olympics athletes. Everyone had a blast and the Southern team took home the gold! The Mississippi Braves also extended an invitation for all the athletes and chaperones playing the game to be a part of their All-Star week. A huge thank you to Special Olympics Mississippi and all those who made this event possible for including Louisiana in the event!

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June 13, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

LA Gov. John Bel Edwards Joins SOLA for Annual Torch Run

By Casey Minton

Gov. Edwards on Louisiana State Capitol steps

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards joined Special Olympics Louisiana and law enforcement agencies at the 2016 Official Law Enforcement Torch Run Lighting Ceremony.View Story Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards joined Special Olympics Louisiana and multiple law enforcement agencies from across the state at the 2016 Official Law Enforcement Torch Run Lighting Ceremony on Friday, May 20th in Baton Rouge, LA. Governor Edwards pledged his support for Special Olympics and spoke of the importance of volunteering and being a champion for people with intellectual disabilities. Across the state, members of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run carried the “Flame of Hope” while running 1,000+ miles to raise awareness and funds that help improve the quality of life for our 14,639 athletes. This event has become the largest fundraising and media awareness event for Special Olympics worldwide! The ceremony on the Louisiana State Capitol steps kicked off the final run of the 2016 Torch Run week and led to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 State Summer Games for Special Olympics Louisiana.Thank you for your support!

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April 06, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

SOLA Athlete Beats Medical Odds

By Casey Minton

Check out this great video about one of Special Olympics Louisiana's athletes, Seth, who competed in the powerlifting competition this past weekend!View Story Check out this great video about one of Special Olympics Louisiana's athletes, Seth, who competed in the powerlifting competition this past weekend! He is defying the odds; after suffering a brain injury, 21 year old Seth Hanchey was told he would likely spend his life in a hospital bed, but he has overcome medical obstacles and has won his way through a Special Olympics powerlifting competition.

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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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