Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) is a state wide not-for-profit 501©3 organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. We provide sports training and athletic competitions and we transform lives through the joy of sport, everyday, everywhere. Currently, 14,639 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Louisiana participate in over approximately 100 competitions. We are also a global social movement. With initiatives to activate youth, engage individuals with and without intellectual disabilities, build communities, and improve the health of our athletes - we're changing the game for people young and old and asking you to be a part of it all.
Special Olympics Louisiana has over 15,000 dedicated and generous volunteers in Louisiana that contribute their time and expertise to help us reach as many athletes as possible. We must be self-sufficient in raising $2.8 million this year. Special Olympics Louisiana relies upon the generosity of corporate and individual donations, sponsors, civic groups, foundation grants and special events to fund programs. Read this years fact sheet to learn more.
Special Olympics Louisiana began in 1968 when 11 athletes from Belle Chasse State School competed in the first International Special Olympics Games in Chicago. See a picture of our original athletes. For more than 40 years, Special Olympics has been spreading the message: people with intellectual disabilities can – and will – succeed when given the chance.
Athletes participate in local or area programs first and then have the opportunity to advance to state, national and world games. Learn more about our competitions.
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