Louisiana

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


July 27, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

Special Olympics Louisiana Had a Successful Second Annual Trivia Night

By Casey Minton

Special Olympics Louisiana held its second annual Trivia Night on July 21, 2016 at The Event Center in Hammond, Louisiana.View Story Special Olympics Louisiana held its second annual Trivia Night on July 21, 2016 at The Event Center in Hammond, Louisiana. It was a fun night filled with trivia, and participants spent the evening getting to know Special Olympics Louisiana athletes and families. T.J. Maggio from Kajun 107.1 and Johnny Chauvin from Tangi 96.5 hosted and emceed the event. There was lots of food, drinks and music along with a dessert auction. Champagne Beverage Company, Gonzales Chiropractic, 1st Guaranty Bank, Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and Tickfaw Knights Of Columbus, along with many other teams, participated in the event. The event raised approximately $6,000 for Special Olympics Louisiana.

About Casey Minton:Director of Communications and Marketing
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July 05, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

Thank You, Special Olympics Louisiana

By Jude and Paula Bernard

By strengthening and encouraging one athlete, you are strengthening a family. That then impacts a community, a state, and a nation.View Story We would like to take a moment to thank you, Special Olympics Louisiana. Our youngest son, Alex, was diagnosed with Autism at age 2 ½. He is now 16. We have been told through the years of so many things Alex may never accomplish. Connecting with Special Olympics has not only given him the opportunity to reveal strengths, but it has given him the opportunity to do what others have said would be impossible. When we began, we really had no way of knowing what he could or would do. We knew when we began our journey with this group that we had become a part of an extraordinary group of individuals, and we just watched the miracles unfold. He began in the skills portion of competition. We saw not only physical skills develop, but we began to see social and emotional skills developing at the same time. He began to ask for “basketball please.” That was a couple of years ago. We are writing today to say, on March 6, 2016 (Alex’s 16th birthday), Alex competed in his very first 3 vs. 3 team. We are forever grateful to Special Olympics Louisiana. Team Unlimited could not be named more appropriately. All the coaches and unified partners have taken the limits off of our athletes. They have created opportunities for them to grow and succeed. They have provided opportunities for the champion in every athlete to be revealed. By strengthening and encouraging one athlete, you are strengthening a family. That then impacts a community, a state, and a nation. For this, we thank you.

About Jude and Paula Bernard:Parents of a Special Olympics Louisiana Athlete
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July 05, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

SOLA Atlete Attends The Pro-Am

By Casey Minton

SOLA Athlete, Camrin Sandoz, was once again invited to attend the Perfect Sense Digital Pro-Am held during the Quicken Loan National PGA Tournament on June 26-30, 2016.View Story SOLA Athlete, Camrin Sandoz, was once again invited to attend the Perfect Sense Digital Pro-Am held during the Quicken Loan National PGA Tournament on June 26-30, 2016. The group of attendees included Special Olympics athletes from the United States and Canada along with golfers from The First-Tee and Feherty’s Troops First. Everyone gathered on Sunday for a welcome barbecue, which included outdoor games and activities, at Creighton Farms, and everyone got to know each other and learn the golf pairings for the week. On Monday, the group played in the Pro-Am at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, alongside a PGA professional. The golf course and clubhouse surroundings were something to admire because the course holds so much history in the Washington D.C. area. On Tuesday, the group attended Perfect Sense Headquarters and then spent the rest of the day touring Washington D.C. Wednesday was back to the course where the Perfect Sense Unified Challenge, which took place at Creighton Farms in Aldie, Virginia. Everyone was paired in groups of four, which included Special Olympics athletes, First-Tee and Feherty Troops First players. They wrapped up the trip with a visit out to Top Golf, where everyone got to show off their golfing skills while sharing stories from the week. The highlight for Cam was running into his PGA partner from last year, Arjun Atwal, on the driving range. He greeted Arjun with a huge hug, and then he learned the gold medal he presented to Arjun last year was now framed in his home next to his other golfing awards. It is quite the honor to know a Special Olympics Louisiana Gold Medal hangs in a PGA Professional's Trophy Room! Cam would love to thank Special Olympics Louisiana and Perfect Sense Digital for making his trip possible!

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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