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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.

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March 01, 2017 | North America: Louisiana

Justin Bonvillain is March Athlete for Louisiana

By Casey Minton

Justin Bonvillain of Houma, LA has been selected for Special Olympics Louisiana's March Athlete Spotlight.View Story Justin Bonvillain of Houma, LA has been selected for Special Olympics Louisiana's March Athlete Spotlight. Justin is 21 years old and participates in soccer, softball, and bowling. He has been involved with Special Olympics for 1 year. Justin is currently employed at Chic-fil-a and has worked there for over 6 months. His favorite part of the job is dressing as the calf mascot. He is very unique and outgoing. He loves to entertain others and he does great character impressions. Justin loves to make people laugh. However, before joining Special Olympics, Justin says he was very quiet and shy. His dream is to one day work at Walt Disney World.

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February 17, 2017 | North America: Louisiana

Special Olympics Louisiana Q&A with February Athlete Spotlight Kandice Barber

By Casey Minton

Kandice Barber is Special Olympics Louisiana Athlete Spotlight of the month. Kandice is 46 years old and she is from SpringfieldView Story Kandice Barber is Special Olympics Louisiana Athlete Spotlight of the month. Kandice is 46 years old and she is from Springfield, LA. She has been involved with Special Olympics Louisiana for 34 years where she also participated in Horseshoes. Kandice is one of six children, having two sisters and three brothers. Also, Kandice has been working for St. Amant Daycare for 21 years. Some of her hobbies include, writing essays and short books. She loves children, reading Nancy Drew, and singing. One of her favorite Special Olympics memories would be her sister couching her all of these years.

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January 31, 2017 | North America: Louisiana

Special Olympics Louisiana Announces 2016 Sports Awards Winners

By Casey Minton

Special Olympics Louisiana values dedication and would like to honor the time many individuals have spent making a difference in the lives of our athletes.View Story Special Olympics Louisiana values dedication and would like to honor the time many individuals have spent making a difference in the lives of our athletes. We truly appreciate thier continued support of our movement and their efforts in changing the way Louisiana views our athletes. Click the attached link to view the list of individuals who have been chosen as the recipients of the 2016 Sports Awards. We would like to recognize the outstanding achievements of these individuals. The efforts they exhibit today will benefit those with intellectual disabilities for the future. Special Olympics Louisiana has been proudly serving people for almost 49 years. We appreciate these people who strive to make a positive impact in our community and make a difference one hour at a time. Congratulations to our winners!

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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