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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


December 02, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

Participants Go Over the Edge for Special Olympics Louisiana

By Casey Minton

Participants recieved the ULTIMATE adrenaline rush while raising funds for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition gave attendees the opportunity to rappel 25 stories down NOLA's Benson Tower.View Story On December 2, 65 participants recieved the ULTIMATE adrenaline rush while raising funds for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition gave attendees the opportunity to rappel 25 stories down NOLA's Benson Tower, ride in a helicopter, and SWAT train with Louisiana's finest at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Training Facility! Companies, schools, clubs, and other organizations raised funds to send their family and friends Over the Edge through company matching, sponsorship opportunities, and much more. Each participant raised a minimum of $1,000 in order to rappel from the tower, and those who simply wanted to contribute were able to make general donations. A special thanks to our sponsors and everyone who participated!

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November 16, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

Special Olympics Louisiana partners with Nicholls State University Women's Soccer Team

By Casey Minton

Nicholls State University women's soccer team hosted a soccer clinic with Special Olympics Louisiana.View Story On Saturday, November 19th, the Nicholls State University women's soccer team has turned their attention to give back to the community by hosting a soccer clinic with Special Olympics Louisiana. The team divided into various groups and were each responsible for coaching attendees on a specific set of skills. After attendees completed the rotation, they then had the opportunity to play small soccer matches against one another. Although this was a first for the soccer team, Nicholls State University had previously worked with Special Olympics Louisiana for a similar event with the volleyball team earlier this year.

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October 31, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

Special Olympics Florida Supporters Raise Money for Flooded Louisiana Families

By Casey Minton

People in Special Olympics Florida- Walton County raised funds to support three Special Olympics Louisiana families displaced by flooding in Louisiana.View Story Parents, athletes, volunteers and sponsors of Special Olympics Florida- Walton County came together and privately raised funds to support three Special Olympics Louisiana families displaced by the recent flooding in Louisiana. Special Olympics Florida Volunteer, Rusty Sanders was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. Rusty became aware of the families in need through family members in Baton Rouge. He approached County Director, Damien McNeil, and Fundraising Chair, Mike Schumacher, to see how families from Special Olympics Florida could show their support and help Louisiana families in need. A private Go Fund Me Page was created and $1,350.00 was raised in Walton County for the families of these Special Olympics Louisiana athletes. Rusty Sanders traveled to the Special Olympics Louisiana state office in Hammond this weekend to present $250.00 in Walmart gift cards along $200.00 in cash to each of the three families. Thank you Special Olympics Florida for your support of our Louisiana families!

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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