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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


April 06, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

SOLA Athlete Beats Medical Odds

By Casey Minton

Check out this great video about one of Special Olympics Louisiana's athletes, Seth, who competed in the powerlifting competition this past weekend!View Story Check out this great video about one of Special Olympics Louisiana's athletes, Seth, who competed in the powerlifting competition this past weekend! He is defying the odds; after suffering a brain injury, 21 year old Seth Hanchey was told he would likely spend his life in a hospital bed, but he has overcome medical obstacles and has won his way through a Special Olympics powerlifting competition.

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April 06, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

Nothing's Stopping Me

By Rose Marie Garrett

I was in Special Olympics at the age of 18 years old now, and now I am 60 with a lot of illness. I still do it to keep me active.View Story I was in Special Olympics at the age of 18 years old now, and now I am 60 with a lot of illness. I still do it to keep me active, I have arthritis, kidney disease, and I am on dialysis three Times a week and waiting on a kidney transplant. I had both knees replaced, but yet I am still bowling, swimming and playing bocce. Nothing's stopping me. My family says I should keep it going and not sit around and get stiff. I even help my mother who has dementia. I been in special Olympics since I was 18 years old , I have done a lot of sports, like powerlifting, softball, swimming, bowling, track and field, bocce and horseshoes. On my own I did powerlifting in women's competition. I did arm wresting and beat a Texas woman in 1980. I bowl in the Women's International Bowling Congress in 1993 and got 10th place in singles. But now I've slowed down to four events. I have enjoyed Special Olympics. And I enjoyed meeting Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver in 1980, when I was at Washington, D.C., for a convention.

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March 16, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

Meet Annie

By Casey Minton

Annie Gaubert has been a dedicated volunteer coach with Special Olympics Louisiana for five years.View Story Annie Gaubert has been a volunteer coach with Special Olympics Louisiana for five years. Annie is from St. Charles Parish and is a dedicated volunteer who loves working with athletes from St. Charles Parish and the Bayouland Area. She has built relationships with athletes, unified partners, and family members through her service as a coach with Special Olympics. Annie’s passion has been to integrate soccer into our Special Olympics sports program to be initially introduced in St. Charles Parish. Her dedication in working to make this happen has finally paid off. She begin a soccer practice program on Wednesday, March 16 in St. Charles Parish with the formation of two Unified Soccer Teams. On April 30th, Special Olympics Louisiana will host the first of many soccer tournaments for the state. All of which began in St. Charles Parish because of one dedicated volunteer who had a passion for soccer and knew that athletes, unified partners, and athletes’ families would find joy and benefit from participating in this sport. The soccer tournament will be hosted at Destrehan High School in St. Charles Parish. Annie has achieved many accomplishments through her years of volunteer service with Special Olympics Louisiana. Annie participated in the Special Olympics USA Games in 2015 in Princeton, New Jersey as a Bocce unified partner. She has also participated in Over the Edge in 2015 - an annual Special Olympics Louisiana fundraiser, leads the Aquatics program in St. Charles Parish, assists with Young Athletes Challenger Unified Baseball Program and Shooting Stars Unified Basketball Program, and she works as a para educator in the St. Charles Parish School System at Norco Elementary with special needs children. Annie also serves as the volunteer site coordinator for the “Let’s All Play Summer Camp” Program, a unified camp that includes those with and without intellectual disabilities along with a number of Young Athletes, who also participate in this program. Thank you, Annie, for everything you do!

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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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