Special Olympics Louisiana offers our athletes a variety of Olympic-type individual and team sports to choose to participate in. From Swimming to Rhythmic gymnastics we have it all. Special Olympics Louisiana focuses on our athletes and we try to accommodate them by providing hands on training and competition opportunities for persons with or without intellectual disabilities.
Any of our sports can be Unified. Our Unified Sports bring people together. Unified Sports combines athletes with intellectual disabilities and those without (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Athletes that participate in Unified Sports improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills, challenge and have fun, too!
Here is a list of the sports we offer:
Artistic Gymnastics Motor Activity Training
Athletics (Track & Field) Powerlifting
Badminton Rhythmic Gymnastics
Bocce Table Tennis
Cycling Unified Sports
Flag Football Volleyball
State Fall Classic will take place in Carencro, LA on October 16-18th and will feature 400 Special Olympics Louisiana athletes competing in aquatics, horseshoes, and softball! We will start the weekend with Opening Ceremonies on Friday, October 16th for 6:00pm at Pelican Park. All are invited to witness the Parade of Athletes and Flame of Hope!
Competitions will kick off Saturday, October 17th and run through Sunday, October 18th. You can view the schedule here.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ~Maya Angelou
Lori Burr (on the right) lit the “Flame of Hope” at this weekends Fall Classic. Here she poses with her unified partner after winning gold this weekend!
This past weekend in Carencro, LA we had close to 400 athletes participate in aquatics, horseshoes and softball. It was a great weekend with lots of highlights! Friday night included: Chuck Childress from 106.7FM served as Master of Ceremonies, Maria Placer, Executive Director 232-HELP/ LA211 was Honorary Chair, Honorary Coach was Tony Robichaux, ULL Head Baseball Coach and the Grand Marshal was John Boudreaux, State Deputy-Knights of Columbus. Lighting the “Flame of Hope” was Special Olympics Louisiana Southwest athlete Lori Burr (pictured on the right alongside her unified partner). On Saturday, the athletes enjoyed participating in Olympic Town and Healthy Athletes. Several of our young athletes (ages 2 – 7) enjoyed the Healthy Athletes venues as well. To top it all off they enjoyed a victory dance on Saturday night!
One of our aquatics athletes, Sean Adams, was recently featured in an article by the Tri-Parish Times. The article describes Sean’s aquatics routine, “The morning sun is just barely awake in south Louisiana’s summer skies when Larose native Sean Adams gets ready to start each day. He gets out of bed, gets himself dressed and usually enjoys some breakfast. “Sean swims from 7-8 a.m. each morning at the Cut Off Youth Center’s pool – a time he cherishes daily because of his love for water.”
The article also talks about Sean’s chance to earn a trip to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games next June in New Jersey, “He and three other males will compete in Pineville for a chance to make the team. If he does, he will represent Louisiana at the National Special Olympics in New Jersey.”