INSIDE SOSC: Recapping OC Spring Games

Nearly 900 athletes made the trip to Irvine High School and William Woollett Aquatics Center to compete in basketball, bocce, swimming, and track and field Saturday at the Orange County Regional Spring Games. PHOTOS: 2018 OC Regional Spring Games In addition, nearly 300 volunteers helped make the event a memorable experience. For one volunteer, though, ...

#SundaySpotlight: Jennifer Ali

By Ashley Carney A mother is not only a caretaker and a supporter, but a friend and a helping hand. She’s a superhero, and someone you can always count on. Special Olympics athlete and recent mother, Jennifer Ali, is a perfect example of how these characteristics are seen in mothers every day. Jennifer’s life changed ...

USA Games Spotlight: Matthew Lawrence

By Sean Minnihan Matthew Lawrence will be the first to admit the influence that Special Olympics has had on him in recent years. Matt, in an interview about his upcoming trip to Seattle with the Lakewood Dirtbags softball team, acknowledged how Special Olympics has transformed his life. His time with the organization helped him control ...

USA Games Spotlight: Satanna Chapman and Danielle Morgan

By Sean Minnihan “Team sports bring people together.” That line best sums up Unified Sports in Special Olympics, and Special Olympics athlete Satanna Chapman and Unified partner Danielle Morgan are a perfect example. They’re helping to break down barriers and promote inclusion in sports as part of the Lompoc High School Unified basketball team that ...

2018 Summer Games: One-Month Countdown

LONG BEACH (May 9, 2018) – One month from today, the 49th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games will begin with Opening Ceremony on the campus of California State University, Long Beach on June 9. The Summer Games will run through Sunday, June 10 and will begin a year-long celebration of Special Olympics Southern ...

INSIDE SOSC: Surrounded in Support

This week's installment of INSIDE SOSC takes you to the Regional Spring Games competitions in San Luis Obispo and Murrieta, respectively. An amazing Opening Ceremony set the tone at the San Luis Obispo Regional Spring Games, and an independent, strong swimmer was among the highlights at the Inland Empire Regional Spring Games. PHOTOS: 2018 San ...

#SundaySpotlight: Kyle Aragon

By Ashley Carney Nothing excites an athlete quite like the day they get a new set of gear. For Kyle Aragon, a golfer from San Fernando Valley, that day came unexpectedly when PGA professional golfer Luke List set him up with a fitting for a free, new set of golf clubs. Before this, Kyle was ...

USA Games Spotlight: Dawn Albritton

By Sean Minnihan Dawn Albritton is a gold medal-winning athlete and one of 10 swimmers headed to Seattle this July for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Freestyle swimming may be her favorite event, but Dawn’s life and interests vary from horseback riding, to anime, to being on the news and speaking about Special Olympics. ...

USA Games Spotlight: Everardo Velador

Everardo Velador has interests that extend beyond the soccer field. In fact, you would have to go as far back as ancient Greece. When asked what time period he would like to visit, the 17-year-old perked up and mentioned his love for studying the likes of Plato and Alexander the Great. “328 B.C.,” Everardo said, ...

#SundaySpotlight: Christina Principe

Christina Principe idolizes swimmer and 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. She hopes to turn in her own medal-worthy performances this summer at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. The 39-year-old from San Diego County does it all, including the freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke. More impressively, she competes while legally blind in ...