Team LA is Headed to Seattle

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Team Louisiana is headed to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington. A delegation of 129 people from Louisiana are headed to the Games to compete. Comment below to wish them luck, follow their journey on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, or sign up for a daily results email here.

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Throwback Thursday

SOLA Original 11 Athletes

In honor of our 50th anniversary taking place this year, here’s a picture of the original 11 athletes who attended the first Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1968. Find out more about our anniversary or donate in honor of the last 50 years.

50th Anniversary

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Since 1968, Special Olympics Louisiana has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing the world! Starting in 2018, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us — and Change the Game!

We are asking our supporters to pledge $50 to Special Olympics Louisiana in honor of our 50th Anniversary. You may be a part of our past and now we want you to become part of our future! Your donations and efforts will build inclusive and healthy communities, empower our athletes to become leaders of change, and provide a chance to know the true benefit of sports and athletic competition through participation in the Special Olympics program.

Young Athletes

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With the generous support of the Mattel Children’s Foundation, the Special Olympics 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 competition 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.

Volunteers Needed!

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Give back to your community and participate in a life changing program. Sign up to be a volunteer for Special Olympics Louisiana today!

Whether you want to become a coach, volunteer in our state office, officiate games, become a medical volunteer, other specialized fields, or just come out for one event a year; we have something for you at Special Olympics Louisiana!

Call us at 1-800-345-6644 or send us an e-mail.

2018 Special Olympics USA Games

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The Special Olympics 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will take place July 1-6, around the University of Washington and the Seattle, Washington community. There are nearly 3,500 athletes and 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and delegates from all over the world expected to attend and compete in the 2018 USA Games. About 50,000 family, friends, and spectators are anticipated to attend.

Meet Team Louisiana

Team Louisiana will be a delegation of 129 ( 70 athletes, 27 unified partners, 32 coaches and official delegates) representing Special Olympics Louisiana. Our delegation will compete in the following sports: Athletics (Track & Field), Aquatics (Swimming),  Bocce,  Bowling,  Golf, Powerlifting, Tennis, Unified Basketball, Unified Softball, and Unified Flag Football. Meet the candidates for Team Louisiana’s Delegation.

Donate now to help us send them to Seattle!