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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


November 13, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

LSU vs. BAMA Unified Flag Football Game Featured on SEC Network

By Casey Minton

The Unified flag football game that took place at Louisiana State University's UREC this past Saturday was featured on ESPN’s SEC Nation.View Story The Unified flag football game that took place at Louisiana State University's UREC this past Saturday was featured on ESPN’s SEC Nation! The clip featured both LSU and Alabama athletes and was broadcasted live. Special Olympics College LSU took the victory with a 34-14 score! Both teams played exceptionally well and it was a great game.

About Casey Minton:Director of Internal Communications and Marketing
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October 24, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

Special Olympics Team Louisiana on TODAY Show!

By Casey Minton

Team Louisiana Flag Football Wins Gold

On Friday, October 24, the TODAY Show featured our Team Louisiana flag football team, who recently won the Gold Medal at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games this past June, in a live spot from New Orleans!View Story On Friday, October 24, the TODAY Show featured our Team Louisiana flag football team, who recently won the Gold Medal at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games this past June, in a live spot from New Orleans! The weekly segment, called “Together We Make Football,” features stories from around the country. We are very happy that the TODAY Show chose Special Olympics to feature. The team was also filmed a few weeks back at the Saints training facility and also at USA Games.

About Casey Minton:Director of Internal Communications and Marketing for Special Olympics Louisiana
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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!

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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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