Special Olympics Louisiana is part of a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place -- one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.
Special Olympics Louisiana is dedicated to bringing pride into the lives of all involved. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, completely free of charge.
All programs are free to eligible athletes, including insurance, facilities, equipment, uniforms, housing and meals. Our programs are offered on the local, parish, area and state levels.
Before 1968, the global movement known as Special Olympics was just an idea for one visionary woman, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Learn more about our history to see how that movement inspired the founder of Special Olympics Louisiana to bring this opportunity to Louisiana.
Everyday, we make a difference in the lives of our athletes, families and the communities in which they live. As a global movement, Special Olympics reaches 5.7 million Special Olympics athletes and Unified Sports teammates in 172 countries. See how Special Olympics Louisiana is making an impact on more than 12,000 athletes and their communities throughout the state.
We are proud of how we govern the funds generously donated to Special Olympics Louisiana.
We are always looking to provide the best services and programs to our athletes, and we’ve got the team to do it!
Support from our partners helps secure the future of the high-quality programs we offer to athletes all over the state. From a partner like the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which has been a driving force for decades, to newer partners just getting their feet wet in the Special Olympics movement, it takes no time at all for them to see the impact they make everyday.
If you’re interested in working at the home of Special Olympics Louisiana, see the career opportunities we currently have available.
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