Join the Unified Relay Across America!


From May 26 to July 10, YOU can take part in the Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America, an event that will unify the nation as it delivers the Flame of Hope to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games.

ANYONE can be a torchbearer. Register today as a team or individual and take part in the once in a lifetime event to deliver the Flame of Hope and raise money for Special Olympics. Join a movement that is breaking down the barriers for those intellectual disabilities, celebrating differences and becoming unified in the spirit of respect and inclusion.

Special Olympics is changing the world through sport, creating respectful and inclusive communities every day, everywhere. Funds raised from the Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America will go to Special Olympics to provide sports training, competition opportunities and additional programming that empowers people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities. That leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Learn more about Special Olympics and how you can get involved near you. Join SOLA as the Flame of Hope passes through Louisiana on the way to the World Games!

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CEO Corner

Many peopleceo-corner are not aware that Special Olympics sports is a catalyst through which our athletes build self-esteem, courage, pride and friendships. 

Many people are not aware that Special Olympics Louisiana has to raise $2 million each year in Louisiana in order to provide these life changing qualities in our athletes.

Many people are not aware we need their time and money to help us offer our programs to our athletes.

Please help us spread the word – our athletes need your support.

Click here to support Special Olympics Louisiana. 

Pat Carpenter Bourgeois
President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana

Save your beads for SOLA!

Carnival season has begun and Mardi Gras is right around the corner and is shortly followed by State Indoor Games. This year’s theme for Indoor Games is Mardi Gras Masquerade and we need your help! Please consider donating your leftover or unwanted Mardi Gras beads, trinkets, accessories, stuffed animals, masks, etc. for our athletes. Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours at the Special Olympics Louisiana state office, 1000 E Morris Ave, Hammond, LA 70403. For questions or more information you can contact Kate Fussell at 985-345-6644. Thanks!


Throwback Thursday

This Throwback Thursday goes back to June of 2014 for Special Olympics USA Games!  Louisiana sent a delegation of 101 to New Jersey to compete in the Games.

Special Olympics World Summer Games will take place this July in Los Angeles and Louisiana will send a a delegation of six (6)!  Our athletes are training hard and ready to compete LA!  Help our athletes by clicking here.

Theo Bazille on awards podium thanking Jesus


Avril Lavingne to Support Special Olympics World Games

Avril Lavigne has written a song, “Fly” in support of Athletes attending Special Olympics World Summer Games, July 25-August 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA.  The song will be released in advance of the Games.

As some of you know, Avril Lavigne launched a campaign in 2014, around her 30th birthday, which helped raise funds for 30 Special Olympics Athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Learn more about “Fly” here.

Donate to Special Olympics Louisiana Athletes attending 2015 Special Olympics World Games here.



Local Athlete to Play with NBA Legends


Special Olympics Louisiana athlete, and Lake Charles resident, Jacob Majors, has been invited to attend the 4th Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game in New York City at Madison Square Garden.

This Unified Sports® exhibition game will combine athletes with and without intellectual disabilities and NBA legends as teammates to showcase the power of Special Olympics’ Unified Sports®, which helps unite communities and foster an environment of acceptance and inclusion.

How can you help? Donate now to cover the travel costs and to give Jacob the opportunity to play on the same court with NBA legends!