Recreation and Parks & Grounds

Director Sterling Washington


Special Olympics

What is Special Olympics?

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Special Olympics is sports in its truest form. The Special Olympics Oath says it all! The rules accommodate all levels of athletic ability and enable participants to compete against athletes of similar skills so that all have a fair chance to win an event.

Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy, Special Olympics now exists in 146 countries, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.

Who can participate in Special Olympics?

Athletes must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability; a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures such as intelligence quotient or other generally accepted measures; or closely related developmental disability, i.e., functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills.

For more information on eligibility:

When did Special Olympics Louisiana begin?

Special Olympics Louisiana began in 1968 when 15 athletes from the Belle Chasse State School attended and competed in the first International Special Olympics games in Chicago. Currently in Louisiana, more than 13,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities participate in more than 100 local competitions in the 13 SOLA Areas and state-level competitions.

What is the local program like?

Terrebonne Parish Special Olympics came into existence in 1995, when the Terrebonne Parish Council appropriated monies for the program and placed it under the Parks and Recreation Department.

Local athletes compete on the local level, area level and state level. Athletes participate in each of the four state-level games.

  • Fall Classic
  • State Indoor Games
  • State Summer Games
  • Unified Games

Athletes also have the opportunity to participate in the bowling league, Special Superstars.

Terrebonne Parish Special Olympics continues to grow and expand in providing citizens with intellectual disabilities additional recreational opportunities. If you would like more information, please contact the office.

Special Olympics has numerous ways to contribute and become involved. For more information on Special Olympics or to get involved, click on the links below:


Hours of Operation

  • Mon - Thurs, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Physical Address

  • 1192 Barrow Street
  • Houma, LA 70360

Mailing Address

  • P. O. Box 2768
  • Houma, LA 70361
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