One Year Away from Special Olympics World Games!

Special Olympics World Games will start exactly one year from today in Los Angeles, CA! Over 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 177 countries will participate in the games.  Louisiana is proud to announce that we will be sending three (3) athletes to training camp for Team USA!

We ask that you join in on the celebration this week by joining us on social media to get the world excited for these games…Click here to see what you to do to spread the word!

You can view more info on the Games here.

Wellness Wednesday from Special Olympics

Taken from Special Olympics Facebook page: For today’s #WellnessWednesday, we’re asking for input from our adult athletes who are interested in sharing their insights with the Health Disparities Project team at the University of New Hampshire. This five-year research project has focused on identifying why access to health care and health outcomes differ among people with different types of disabilities. They are asking adults with disabilities to answer a brief health survey before the project releases its major findings in Washington, DC, this fall at the annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable meeting. The link to the survey is:

While the website says the survey closes on July 25, it has been extended to July 30 so more Special Olympics athletes have time to participate, if interested.

46 Years and Counting

On Sunday, July 20th, Special Olympics Louisiana will turn 46 years old!  Back in 1968, at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL, we were founded with 25 other States. As you may know, those were the first Special Olympics International Games.  We had eleven (11) athletes participate in the first Games.  Today, we are home to 13,000 athletes and growing!EKS at 1968 games

Thank you to all of our athletes, volunteers, partners, donors, and sponsors for all that you have done over the years!  Here’s to another 46 years!

Click here on more pictures and info from the first Games.  Stay up to date with us by visiting our website.

Throw Back Thursday: SOLA Building

Today’s Throw Back Thursday is of the Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) State Headquarters Building. The top left is a side room in the Hammond State School where our first State Office was held. The top right picture is another building we had. The bottom two pictures are of our current Special Olympics Louisiana State Headquarters in Hammond, LA.

SOLA Building evolution