More than Sports
Special Olympics Louisiana is part of a global movement that unleashes the human spirit every day around the world through the transformative power and joy of sport. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is tackling the inactivity, stigma, isolation, and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities (ID) face. Our work goes far beyond sports events, driving social change that enables full social participation for people with ID.
Special Olympics Louisiana is committed to keeping athletes involved through every phase of life by offering ongoing programming across the state.
Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) empower athletes to explore opportunities for greater participation in our movement. Beyond sports training and competition, athletes can also serve as coaches, spokespeople, and Board and committee members.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities. See how we address the health needs of athletes here in Louisiana.
The Special Olympics Louisiana family program provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment. Our community of families focus on the values of acceptance, awareness and respect. We empower families to become the valued voice of our movement by providing the resources, hope and opportunities they need to become advocates.
Through Unified Schools, Special Olympics Louisiana supports schools in creating options that offer participation opportunities for students of all interests and ability levels, on and off the playing field. Youth-led, inclusive clubs organize school wide initiatives such as Choose to Include Week campaigns and Disability Awareness Days. Combined with inclusive sports, these schools pave the way to building communities of acceptance.
Camp Shriver is a place for people with intellectual disabilities to learn new sports skills and improve individual sport performance, participate in individual and team sports, build friendships and have fun with partners who have signed on and trained as camp volunteers.
Special Olympics Louisiana often has funding available to support the expansion of our work in school and local communities. Check out our grants page to find out what funding might be currently available.