Special Olympics Louisiana conducts several competitive events throughout the year. Athletes qualify for state level games during various local and area competitions.
- State Indoor Games host basketball, bowling, and tennis competitions in Baton Rouge, LA every year in the month of March.
- State Golf & Cycling host golf and cycling events. The cycling portion of this event is held in Monroe, LA and the golf portion is held in Calhoun, LA. This state event is held in the month of April.
- State Summer Games- host athletics (track & field), bocce, power lifting, or volleyball in Hammond, LA at Southeastern Louisiana University every year in the month of May. The State Summer Games are Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest state competition.
- State Fall Classic host aquatics, horseshoes, and softball events. The Aquatics meet is held at the Robichaux Recreation Center in Lafayette, LA and horseshoes and softball tournaments are held in Carencro, LA at Pelican Park. This event is held every year in the month October.
Area events are local events held within the parish or parishes the area is comprised of. Competition must be conducted in compliance with official Special Olympics Rules. Area events may be conducted as qualifiers in order to meet the criteria for advancement to the next level of competition.
Invitational events may be conducted to include two or more Local Training Programs or Areas. These events do not qualify athletes for advancement in their sport, but simply serve as another competition opportunity.
Every four years, the USA National Games provide an opportunity for athletes to compete at the national level in summer sports. Athletes that are selected will be members of Team Louisiana.
On odd-numbered years, Special Olympics athletes come together for World Games. World Games alternate between summer and winter sports and give athletes the chance to travel farther away from home and interact with athletes from other countries through the language of sport.