Joseph Gorin is Team USC for the Virtual We Run the City

Even in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, Special Olympics Southern California athlete Joseph Gorin is prepared to Fight On. Joseph is representing the USC side in the annual We Run the City 5K/10K run/walk fundraiser, which takes the UCLA/USC rivalry and pits the crosstown rivals’ supporters in a competition to see which side can ...

SOSC Will Hold Fundraisers to Support Athletes Impacted by COVID-19 Health Crisis

Whether bidding for wine packages, running a 5K, or playing bingo piques your interest, Special Olympics Southern California has fun, social, and virtual opportunities for everyone to support the immediate and long-term needs of SOSC athletes during the COVID-19 health crisis. During October and November, join Special Olympics in the following virtual events and fundraisers: ...

Marco Martinez is Team UCLA for the Virtual We Run The City

Run into Marco Martinez often enough and more than likely he’ll be decked out in a UCLA sweater, a hat or some other branded attire. He has an evident passion for its teams when the conversation steers that way, often by his own enthusiasm and sometimes with an accompanying 8 clap. Marco, a Special Olympics ...

Special Olympics Southern California Announces New President & CEO

LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 21, 2020 -- The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Southern California announces the appointment of Calvin Lyons as the new President & CEO of Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) effective September 28, 2020. Lyons joins SOSC from the Boys & Girls Clubs, where he served as the President and CEO ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: An Immeasurable Impact

By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson isn’t one to beat his chest and flash his Olympic gold medal. It would be years before his own children learned of his mainstream success. Yet, the Special Olympics Southern California founder has many friends and admirers, in addition to family, who will go to bat for him and attempt ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: UCLA’s ‘Most Prestigious’ Living Legend

By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson’s gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics put him in a different stratosphere at home in the U.S. and abroad. He drew interest from the Los Angeles Rams, who drafted him in the 28th round in 1959, despite not playing a single down of college football. Hollywood ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: An Olympic Decathlon for the Ages

WeAreSOSC.org previously highlighted Rafer Johnson’s journey to get to the 1960 Rome Olympics and his place in history as the U.S. flagbearer during the Opening Ceremonies. Now, we take you through his gold-medal performance in the decathlon and the bond he shared with fellow competitor C.K. Yang. By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson would be the ...

Murrieta Mesa High School, Murrieta Valley High School, and Westminster High School to Receive National Recognition from Special Olympics for Achievements with Inclusion

Special Olympics Southern California has announced Murrieta Mesa High School, Murrieta Valley High School, and Westminster High School are receiving national banner recognition for their efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. The three Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools are receiving this honor as a result of meeting national ...

Join Joseph’s Journey: Being an Athlete in the Time of COVID-19

Editor's note: "Join Joseph's Journey" is a blog written by Joseph Gorin, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and member of SOSC's Board of Directors. Joseph, who has cerebral palsy, started training and competing with Special Olympics in 2003. Back then, he was a quiet kid who would barely look people in the eyes. Now, ...

Inside SOSC: Special Olympics is a Family Affair for Athlete Joselyn Bermudez and Her Parents

By Emma Vandine When it comes to involvement with Special Olympics, athlete Joselyn Bermudez and her family demonstrate how there is no such thing as “too busy” or “too involved.” Starting as an athlete ten years ago at the age of 13, Joselyn now participates in five sports for SOSC, while her parents coach four ...