Programs and Initiatives
Special Olympics Louisiana works to spread compassion and acceptance in a way that can unite the world. Both on and off the field our goal is to awaken everyone — and every community — to each person’s common humanity. There are up to 130,000 people with intellectual disabilities in Louisiana, and we want to reach out to every one of them – and their families and communities as well.
By offering a wide range of trainings, competitions, health screenings and programs we aim to provide athletes with education and experiences that build up their confidence and self-esteem. We also create opportunities for families, community members, local leaders, businesses, law enforcement, celebrities, dignitaries and others to team together to change attitudes and support athletes.
Special Olympics knows no boundaries. Without regard to gender, race, religion, economic or education level, Special Olympics has the ability to unite all walks of life.
Families with members who have intellectual disabilities are like other families; however, having a family member with special needs can sometimes introduce new and different challenges for families in their everyday lives. Special Olympics Louisiana provides support to assist families in finding a network of similarly minded people. This unique network opens pathways for communication, resources, and ways to get further involved in Special Olympics and our mission. Opportunities include access to support such as seminars, classes and 3rd party events, as well as Family Support Lounges at State Competitions and more.
Learn more about Family Support.
Special Olympics Louisiana helps to empower the lives of our Athletes on and off the field. While competing, our Athletes experience joy, acceptance, success and camaraderie. Through Athlete Leadership they can take those skills even further by becoming part of Input Councils, taking classes, and becoming public speakers and ambassadors. Through these classes athletes have increased chances of gaining employment, become mentors for new athletes, and carry the message of what Special Olympics means to them to their whole community.
Learn more about Athlete Leadership.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest public health organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities, providing access to free health services for a population with significant, unmet health needs. Often people with intellectual disabilities are very under-served medically, and because of it suffer from a wide variety of health ailments. Special Olympics Louisiana offers free health screenings at each of our State tournaments, as well as guidance to health care providers.
Learn more about Health Programs.
Camp Shriver brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities for training and competition each summer. The primary goals are to provide another level of challenge and promote inclusion. Camps take place in many cities throughout Louisiana. Camp Shriver will in many, if not most, cases help supplement on-going local community school activities.
Camp Shriver is, and will continue to be, a place for people with intellectual disabilities to learn new sports skills and improve individual sport performance, participate in individual and team sports, build friendships and have fun with partners who have signed on and trained as camp volunteers.
Find a Camp Shriver Near You.