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Special Olympics is a global organization that serves more than 4 million 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


September 13, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

A little Special Olympics Serendipity in New Orleans

By Amie Dugan

(L-R): Wendy, Donna Martin of SOAZ, Mrs. Leah Chase

During the recent Law Enforcement Torch Run International conference in New Orleans, a group of Special Olympics staff and law enforcement officers ventured out to the legendary Dooky Chase's restaurant for lunch. Little did they know who they'd meet that day.View Story During the recent annual Law Enforcement Torch Run International conference in New Orleans, a group of Special Olympics & Special Olympics Arizona staff and law enforcement officers ventured out to the legendary Dooky Chase's restaurant for lunch. Little did they know who they'd meet that day. After lunch the group got a very rare treat: to meet the one and only Mrs. Leah Chase - the owner and one of most iconic figures in New Orleans' history. But, believe it or not, it got even better from there. Once Mrs. Chase heard what everyone did and why they were in town, she called over Wendy, her niece. Wendy works at the restaurant every day and is the chef behind their heavenly peach cobbler. The group soon learned that Wendy had herself been a Special Olympics athlete. What amazing serendipity! So if you ever go to New Orleans, stop by Dooky Chase's and think of Wendy as you enjoy that cobbler!

About Amie Dugan:Special Olympics North America Director of Marketing and Communications
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June 27, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

Flag Football

By Camrin

I started football when I was a kid and now I made it to the USA Games in New Jersey and that was fun. Never give up on your team. Always be a part of teamwork. You can make it.View Story I started football when I was a kid and now I made it to the USA Games in New Jersey and that was fun. Never give up on your team. Always be a part of teamwork. You can make it.

About Camrin:Hi my name is camrin sandoz I'm form Louisiana new Iberia
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March 26, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

Special Olympics Louisiana Git Fit for Sport

By Darryl Robinson

Special Olympics is committed to fostering fitness and healthy lifestyle choices among our Movement. Together, whatever the age or skill level, we will break down barriers and improve the way we have fun, develop skills and build self-esteem.View Story Special Olympics is committed to fostering fitness and healthy lifestyle choices among our Movement. Together, whatever the age or skill level, we will break down barriers and improve the way we have fun, develop skills and build self-esteem, all while participating in fun activities and eating healthy! The Special Olympics GET FIT FOR SPORT challenge is for YOU! Athletes (Like me!), Families, Coaches, Volunteers, Staff, Board Members, Friends, and everyone (over the age of 6 years) associated with Special Olympics. This challenge encourages you to set goals and perform physical activities and eat healthy for a 16 week period (that's only 80 days). For physical activity, complete 60 minutes/day for kids, 30 minutes/day for adults, of daily activity five days a week for sixteen weeks. Also, eat healthy by adding a weekly healthy eating goal. Add a new physical activity and healthy eating goal each week, while continuing with goals from previous weeks. By the time you are finished, good eating habits will be part of your new, healthy lifestyle!

About Darryl Robinson :Darryl Robinson, Special Olympics Louisiana Athlete 2014 USA Games Athlete Athlete Leadership Council
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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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