Making a donation through a planned gift is a great way to create a legacy of support for Special Olympics Louisiana, while providing for your own future. Through an Endowment donation, you can make a thoughtfully planned gift that benefits athletes today and well into the future.

Your gift will also go a long way toward changing views about people with intellectual disabilities. With the help of your Endowment donation, Special Olympics Louisiana can touch thousands more across the state of Louisiana. Hundreds of thousands of potential athletes could be reached by Special Olympics Louisiana if additional resources were available.

By making an Endowment donation, our supporters have an opportunity to make planned and major gifts, as well as contributions. Stock, real estate, and life insurance policies are popular ways to consider contributing to Special Olympics Louisiana. Individuals of all financial circumstances can participate in and benefit from an Endowment donation.

Explore the benefits of planned giving through an Endowment donation. For more information on giving to Special Olympics Louisiana, please call 1-800-345-6644.

Thank You, Sponsors!

No costs are imposed on Special Olympics Louisiana athletes or their families. To continue to operate in this manner, Special Olympics Louisiana depends upon the cash and in-kind donations of our many generous sponsors and donors to fund its year-round program, parish, area and statewide. We would like to extend special thanks to our sponsors.

2017 Sponsors

Spread the Word to End the Word


Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with intellectual disabilities.

The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at www.r-word.org and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Spread the word to END the word! We want YOU to take the pledge in stopping the use of this word.

Click here to take the pledge!

Happy Friday!


“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” – J. Pierpont Morgan

SOL Bowl

It’s all abo2017 SOL Bowl Flyerut Laissez Les Bon Temps Bowlé! You and your 3 closest buds, co-workers, or family members get the chance to bowl with local celebrities and show them who the true champion really is! Join us June 11, 2017 at Colonial Bowling Lanes, 6601 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, LA 70123. Help us change the lives of thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Special Olympics Louisiana.

Plus: Raffle and auction items signed by local celebrities! Tons of great prizes provided by local businesses and a day packed with great food, music and company!

Click here to register online!



Don’t stress if you missed the souvenir shop at State Summer Games. SOLA Merchandise can now be bought thorough our website.

Call us at 1-800-345-6644 or email laso@laso.org with your order today!

Special Olympics Impact- Guest Post

Author:  Brian Hinrichs, Emily’s Father

 Emily HinrichsOur daughter, Emily Hinrichs, is a 22 year old Special Olympics’ athlete who became involved with Special Olympics six years ago, at the age of 16.  We would like to convey some of the experiences and the life-changing impact that Special Olympics Louisiana has had on her life and the life of our family in ways we never knew were possible.

Emily’s life challenges started at age 2 while she was still completely non-verbal, diagnosed with strabismus and astigmatism, underwent eye surgery to save her sight in both eyes and expected to wear corrective eyeglasses indefinitely.   Initial attempts to verbalize began right after starting to wear eyeglasses.    Before gaining the ability to communicate interactively, she started singing along with songs, and with years of speech therapy her articulation and verbalization progressed.   The Adaptive Physical Ed program slowly improved physical abilities.

While growing up, Emily did not have siblings or other neighborhood friends with which to play, and completing daily homework consumed much of each evening.  With our focus in school on academics, speech therapy, and physical education, over the years our concern slowly grew about the need to network with other parents and the lack of opportunities for Emily to develop essential social skills, which would serve to enhance interactive communication skills.

During Emily’s middle school years is when we first learned about Special Olympics Louisiana activities and the life-enhancing opportunities it provides.  Through Special Olympics Louisiana, we started discovering one door after another opening to a world of opportunities, experiences, and a continually expanding network of people and resources that would positively impact our family and the life of our daughter Emily.

After becoming involved with Special Olympics Louisiana at the age of 16, Emily learned the life-saving skill of swimming, but had to swim with impaired vision.  At age 17, she underwent dual surgical procedures in a single operation on both eyes to permanently and irreversibly modify her eyes and successfully correct her vision, thereby eliminating the need to wear eyeglasses any longer.   At age 20, she excell

Camp Shriver

happy-athletesCamp 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 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. Join us!

Baton Rouge (06/05/17 – 06/09/17)
Athlete Registration
Volunteer Registration

Shreveport (06/13/17 – 06/15/17)
To register click here!

Bayouland (06/15/17 – 06/17/17)

Lafayette (06/19/17 – 06/23/17)

Fans in the Stands Needed Tonight!

Opening Ceremonies will be held TONIGHT, Friday, May 19th at 7:30pm in Strawberry Stadium at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. We want you to be a FAN in the Stands!  Come out and cheer on our athletes! On Saturday and Sunday, the fun continues as we start competition.  Our athletes have trained long and hard for this event and are ready to do their best. All they need is you!

It's not Special if no one is there to see it!

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On behalf of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run Movement and Special Olympics Louisiana, we would like to invite you to the 2017 Official Torch Lighting Ceremony.

When: TOMORROW! Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 8:30 AM
Where: Louisiana State Capitol
900 N. 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Across the state, members of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run carry the “Flame of Hope” while running 1,000+ miles to raise awareness and funds that help improve the quality of life for our 14,880 athletes. This event has become the largest fundraising and media awareness event for Special Olympics world wide, and we would love to share our enthusiasm and success with you! The ceremony will kick off the final run of the 2017 Torch Run week and lead to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 State Summer Games for Special Olympics Louisiana.

Please join us!

Fire Fan

FireFan Business Card FrontDo you call the plays before they happen? Have you ever jumped up and screamed at a fumble? Have you ever end zone danced in your living room?

If sports is your passion, we’ve got your game. Special Olympics Louisiana would like to personally invite you into the world of FireFan — the hottest interactive Sports App community ever created.

FireFan is a game changer! It’s way more than an app. Its real-time play that puts your head in the game…literally. You predict the scores. You call the plays. You decide the action. The penalties. And more…ALL IN REAL TIME. WHILE YOU ARE WATCHING THE GAME!

And even more remarkable…you get a chance to compete against your favorite sports heroes, celebs, your college buds, friends and family, or die-hard fanatics just like you.

Watch the FireFan Video.

The better your calls, the more accurate your predictions, the faster you’ll move up in the standings. The more you play, the more rewards you’ll earn!

Forget the statistics. Rely on your instincts. Ages 13 and above, any level can play. Don’t miss out.

The game is free to download and play. Join our League by using the code “Solagamesapp” when you register, or register here to automatically join our team! You will be the first to know when the app is launched and you can download it!

Don’t just watch, share with your friends and be a part of the action! FireFan. Ignite your passion and help support Special Olympics Louisiana!

Law Enforcement Torch Run


Law enforcement officers from all over the State of Louisiana participate in the annual Torch Run each year. Special Olympics Louisiana will host the 2017 Torch Run beginning on May 15th and it will last through May 19th.  This torch relay involves more than 1,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across Louisiana

Torch Run efforts to raise funds include collecting corporate sponsorships, selling T-shirts, running, and hosting unique fundraising events.

Be sure to cheer on the officers as the run through your town.

Click here for more information 


Special Olympics Louisiana will be hosting its 15th Annual SOL BOWL on Sunday, June 11th, 2017. Gather up a few friends and family and enjoy a Sunday bowling with some of your favorite athletes!

 Click here and Register NOW!

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This Mother’s Day weekend, try yoga and honor our friend Olivia


About #projectOM

Too often, people with an intellectual disability do not have access to or receive the health care service they need, and are susceptible to the same health issues as anyone else.

Through our Healthy Athletes program, Special Olympics provides critical free health screenings, and educates about the importance of health, nutrition and wellness. In addition to our sports offerings, we encourage our athletes to participate in ongoing, community-based health and wellness activities.


Olivia’s Story


We hope this #projectOM collaboration will introduce yoga to countless Special Olympics athletes and their families, as part of our shared vision for inclusive health opportunities. We’re encouraging all athletes, Unified partners, and families try something new Mother’s Day weekend as part of #projectOM that could become part of your regular health and fitness routine – yoga!

At 24 years old in 2015, Olivia Quigley, who had autism and resided in Wisconsin, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. One month after

Special Olympics Named Among Top Charity Brands

Special Olympics was recently named as being among the top charity brands that consumers can identify, according to results of the latest Harris Poll EquiTrend Brands of the Year ratings. The annual study measures brand equity and health among the nation’s most popular companies and nonprofits.

The rankings are based on three simple questions: How well an individual knows the entity; What they think of it; and, whether they want to interact with it.

Read the full NonProfit Times article.

Southwest Area Spring Games

This is an event for the Southwest Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

Happy Friday!

“Some people have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.”

-Mary Frances Berry


Torch Run

Law enforcement officFlameers from all over the State of Louisiana participate in the annual Torch Run each year. Special Olympics Louisiana will host the 2017 Torch Run beginning on May 15th and it will last through May 19th.  This torch relay involves more than 1,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across Louisiana

Torch Run efforts to raise funds include collecting corporate sponsorships, selling T-shirts, Running, and hosting unique fundraising events.

Be sure to cheer on the officers as the run through your town.

Click here for more information 

Follow Us on Linkedin!

download.pngDid you know we are on LinkedIn? Follow us to stay up to date on whats going on across Louisiana with Special Olympics Louisiana! Click here to check it out!

Volunteer for State Summer Games!

Special Olympics Louisiana will host the 2017 State Summer Games, May 19-21st in Hammond, LA at Southeastern Louisiana University.  State Summer Games is one of the largest events we host for our athletes! What makes this event possible is the enormous group of volunteers that come every year. This support staff of more than 1,000 volunteers serve in jobs ranging from competition to setup and food preparationSola Athlete.

Join us and enjoy a weekend of fun with our athletes while working to assure the events run smoothly. Bring your family, friends, or even rally up some coworkers and volunteer as a group!

Register to volunteer here.

For more information chick here.


Athlete Spotlight- May

Darrell Miller

  • q

    Are you currently employed?


    Yes, I work at the training center for ARC of Rapides and I have been working there for 32 years.

  • q

    What are some fun facts about you?


    I know every bus route in the City of Alexandria by heart! I also enjoy playing Bingo, going to the mall, and housekeeping.

  • q

    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?


    My favorite memory was competing at the Lakeside School track and field meet in 1981. I won a gold medal in the 50 yard dash and the standing long jump!

  • q

    Who helped you the most to get to this level of competition?


    All of my coaches. I love them. Thank you, Mr. Bill, Mrs. Gwen, and Mrs. Caroline!

A Big Thanks To Our Partners!

How to Become a Partner
  • 1000 East Morris Avenue
  • Hammond, LA 70403
  • Phone: (985) 345-6644
  • Toll Free: (800) 345-6644 (in Louisiana)
  • Fax: (985) 345-6649
  • Email: laso@laso.org