Sports Offered at SOLA

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Special Olympics offers numerous Olympic-type individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for persons with and without intellectual disabilities. There are several sports that Special Olympics Louisiana offers but does not hold competitions in due to availability or other environmental factors.

Listed below are all the sports Special Olympics Louisiana has to offer:

Artistic Gymnastics              Equestrian
Athletics  (Track & Field)    Flag Football
Badminton                             Football (Soccer
Basketball                              Golf
Bocce                                      Horseshoes
Bowling                                 Motor Activity Training
Cycling                                   Powerlifting
Rhythmic Gymnastics           Softball Table Tennis
Tennis                                    Unified Sports Volleyball

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Thank you, sponsors!

No costs are imposed on Special Olympics Louisiana athletes or their families. To continue to operate in this manner, Special Olympics Louisiana depends upon the cash and in-kind donations of our many generous sponsors and donors to fund its year-round program, parish, area and statewide. We would like to extend special thanks to our sponsors.

2017 Sponsors

Young Athletes

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With the generous support of the Mattel Children’s Foundation, the Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports play program designed to introduce children with intellectual disabilities to the world of sports prior to their Special Olympics eligibility.

Designed for children ages 2 through 7, the Young Athletes program is designed to strengthen physical development and self-esteem by building skills for future sports participation and socialization. These skills can also help increase the participant’s motor tracking and eye-hand coordination. The program encourages families to become involved as the child learns success through physical activity, all while connecting with their intellectually disabled child in unique ways.

Find out more about the program here. 

Internships Available

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Did you know Special Olympics Louisiana has internships available? Build your portfolio while helping a state wide organization that serves over 14,880 people. Internships are available in Accounting, Clerical, Event Planning, Fundraising, Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Recruiting, and Sports/Competition. Contact our office to find out more at 1-800-345-6644 or laso@laso.org.

Louisiana Athlete Steps Up to the Plate

sdadddddddOn February 12th, 2017 Special Olympics Louisiana hosted the first ever unified baseball clinic within the state. Word got out about the clinic, and the mother of one athlete wanted her son, Riley, to participate in any way possible. Riley however, is unable to walk on his own without the assistance of his crutches that give him support. SOLA staff members worked to figure out the best way to get Riley involved. As the clinic began, Riley participated in catch when sitting on a bench, but that wasn’t enough. Riley wanted to bat. He started off seated, but the bench was restricting Riley’s swing. With a few attempts and a coach stationed behind him for support, Riley stood on his own and swung a baseball bat. This was Riley’s first time participating in a Special Olympics event, and he had a blast! Since the baseball clinic Riley has gone on to participate in bowling and volleyball competitions. Riley’s determination is what Special Olympics and Unified Sports is all about!