Upcoming Events

As the calendar winds down for 2015, we wanted you to know that there are still opportunities for you to compete and volunteer THIS year!  Athletes get awarded

We still have many competitions that will take place over the next few months, including bowling and athletics.  Over the Edge will take place in December, as will the NFL Raffle.

We invite you to click here to see all events that will take place through the end of the year!  Be sure to check back often, as we will kick off 2016 soon!

Calendar of Events

As we start heading toward the end of the year, we wanted to remind you that we still have many events before we close our 2015!  You may know that State Fall Classic is coming up in two weeks and after that bowling season will get underway.calendar

Be sure to check out our calendar of events by clicking here and don’t forget to register to volunteer!

Upcoming Events

We host close to 100 competitions a year, along with many different fundraisers!  Did you know you can find ALL of our events listed in one place?  You can!  Our website, www.laso.org, has every event.Calendar

Weather you are an athlete that wants to know what events are happening in your area, or a volunteer that wants to volunteer for a State events, you can find it all on our website!

Check out our events calendar here!

Upcoming Events

Happy Monday!  Did you know that you can stay up-to-date will all of our events on our website,www.laso.org?  Well, you can!  You can find the most up to date information about area competitions, State events, such as State Summer Games, and fundraising events like the Unified Relay Across America!  KVon Albert

Stay connected with SOLA and we hope to see you at an event soon!

SOLA 2015 Calendar of Events

Are you ready to be a part of Special Olympics Louisiana?  Ready to compete or volunteer?  If so, be sure to check out our events calendar!  You will find the most up-to-date listing of competitions and fundraisers that we will host in 2015.Calendar

We CANNOT WAIT to see YOU this year!

Upcoming Events in 2015!

As we draw near the end of 2014, we want you to get excited for 2015!  Our events calendar is starting to fill up with competitions and fundraisers for next year.  We encourage to check out the calendar to see what is coming up.  Calendar

Along with area and state competitions, we will also be sending a delegation to Special Olympics World Games in July!  To see how you can support this, please click here.


48 hours left to 2013

Time is running out to make your 2013 tax-deductible gift to Special Olympics Louisiana. And with less than 48 hours to go, the stakes just got higher.

We’ve written you about the exciting challenge issued by our partner Finish Line – through midnight tomorrow, they will match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to a campaign total of $250,000.

Every dollar we raise matters. Additional support means more trainings and competitions, more joy and confidence, and more athletes in the swimming lanes, on the soccer fields, and on the running tracks. Please help us stretch a little further to meet this challenge head on.

2012 Reach Report

Special Olympics International just released its 2012 Reach Report:

2012 SOI InfographicIn 2012, we reached 4.2 million athletes and had 70,278 competitions…that is 193 every day and 8 competitions every hour!

In North America the top 3 sports were: Athletics, Bowling, and Basketball.

We look forward to growing in 2013!


Special Olympics & Paralympics

The Paralympics will soon begin in London, here are a few tidbits about the relationship between Special Olympics, Paralympics, and Olympics.

It was nearly 25 years ago when the IOC (International Olympic Committee) first recognized Special Olympics during the 1988 Winter Olympics. In 2009, the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) membership voted to include athletes with intellectual disability in competitions, starting with the 2012 London Summer Games.

What’s the Difference?
Special Olympics and Paralympics are two separate organizations recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). They are similar in that they both focus on sport for athletes with a disability. Apart from that, Special Olympics and the Paralympics differ in three main areas: 1) the disability categories of the athletes that they work with, 2) the criteria and philosophy under which athletes participate, and 3) the structure of their respective organizations.

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must have an intellectual disability; a cognitive delay, or a development disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. (They may also have a physical disability.) Paralympics welcomes athletes from six main disability categories: amputee, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, visually impaired, spinal injuries and Les Autres (French for “the others”, a category that includes conditions that do not fall into the categories mentioned before). To participate in the Paralympic Games, athletes have to fulfill certain criteria and meet certain qualifying standards in order to be eligible. Read More

View the Quick Facts about the Olympics, Special Olympics and Paralympics.