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

October 20, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

A Great Weekend For Unified Flag Football in Louisiana

By Casey Minton

This weekend was a great weekend for Special Olympics flag football!View Story This weekend was a great weekend for Special Olympics flag football! Athletes and unified partners from Nicholls State University and the surrounding area traveled to Lake Charles to compete in a unified flag football game against divisional rival McNeese State University. Nicholls held the lead until the final play of the first half when athlete Matthew Dubone scored on a 50 yard catch! McNeese went on to win the game 19-6. After the game, the two teams enjoyed friendly tailgate hosted by the McNeese Alumni Association. Following the tailgate, everyone went to watch the McNeese vs. Nicholls collegiate football game where the Cowboys trumped the Colonials once again. Everyone had a wonderful time this weekend and we are excited to see who wins next years game!

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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.

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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.

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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