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Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a pioneer in the struggle for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
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Check out this great video about one of Special Olympics Louisiana's athletes, Seth, who competed in the powerlifting competition this past weekend!
Rose Marie Garrett
I had a brother that I loved dearly. He is now my guardian angel.
I'm 17 and I have autism. I get called the R-word a lot at school by a lot of people. I hate being called retard it makes me sad and it makes me want to cry all the time I hear that word. I wanted to tell everyone who has a special need that you are not alone.
By Christy White
The Unified flag football game that took place at Louisiana State University's UREC this past Saturday was featured on ESPN’s SEC Nation.
I started football when I was a kid and now I made it to the USA Games in New Jersey and that was fun. Never give up on your team. Always be a part of teamwork. You can make it.
Special Olympics is committed to fostering fitness and healthy lifestyle choices among our Movement. Together, whatever the age or skill level, we will break down barriers and improve the way we have fun, develop skills and build self-esteem.
Special Olympics is committed to fostering fitness and healthy lifestyle choices among our Movement. Together, whatever the age or skill level.
New Orleans Saints fullback Jedidiah "Jed" Collins has been appointed as a Special Olympics Louisiana Ambassador. Collins has been volunteering for Special Olympics Louisiana for over a year and as an Ambassador
I am the president of the Helping Hands club and our students went to Special Olympics twice last year and kids in the club were changed.
Tiffany Harvey-Gautier, Special Olympics Louisiana
I once dated a guy who's brother had autism. While we were together I went with them to Lafayette for the Special Olympics Softball Tournament and I had a blast.
My great nephew, Justin, was our own special hero. Though Justin never spoke a word, could not see, never walked, never fed himself, and never heard us speak, he was our hero.
I went to special education in 1970, that when I started Special Olympics. It brought me out more. I have done so much. I also been on the Board of Directors for the athletes, athlete leadership.