Special Olympics CA Not Included in Initial State Budget; California Voters Push for Inclusion

California voters are urging their elected officials to include Special Olympics California in the revised state budget during the COVID-19 crisis. Special Olympics California was notably missing from the initial budget, but voters are pushing for inclusion in a last effort to ensure state funding for over 64,000 people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics California ...

INSIDE SOSC: Joyce Wittal Keeps Team Active Through Pandemic

By Zane Landin Special Olympics coaches not only teach athletes how to play their respective sports and improve, but they play an active role in the athletes’ lives. Some coaches go above and beyond in their roles, exemplifying servitude and passion. Joyce Wittal is one example of an extraordinary coach who has demonstrated admirable qualities ...

California Voters Urge State Funding for Special Olympics CA

California voters are calling on their elected officials to support Assemblymember Tim Grayson’s budget request to continue state funding of Special Olympics California during the COVID-19 health crisis. Asm. Grayson strongly supports a $6 million budget request to continue funding Special Olympics California programs at their current levels. Special Olympics California allocates 100-percent of the ...

Join Joseph’s Journey: All About Shape

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, ...

SOSC To Host a Weekend of Virtual Inclusion to Bring People Together During the Health Crisis

Special Olympics Southern California will host A Weekend of Virtual Inclusion on June 6 and 7 as an interactive, alternative experience to the canceled 2020 Summer Games Championship. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Spring Sports Season, including Summer Games, was canceled, but SOSC still seeks to unite all people and celebrate the passion ...

Inside SOSC: How SOSC Athlete Brett Laza is Staying Active During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

By Isis Roberts Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Special Olympics Southern California athlete Brett Laza is still finding ways to compete and stay in touch with his SOSC family. Brett is currently participating in the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, a virtual season created by SOSC that encourages athletes to stay fit and eat ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes ‘Show You Their Heart, Spirit’

As Special Olympics Southern California athletes continue to work to remain in game shape and stay ready once competitions are cleared to resume, the medical professionals who volunteer in the Healthy Athletes village are eager to return when it's safe to do so, too. Among the free health screenings made available to athletes is FUNfitness—a ...

National Volunteer Week: Kaiser Permanente

Since April 2018, Kaiser Permanente Southern California has been the official health partner for Special Olympics Southern California.

SOSC Creates Virtual Season: Healthy Lifestyle Challenge for Athletes Amid COVID-19 Health Crisis

Special Olympics Southern California launched a Healthy Lifestyle Challenge in lieu of the canceled Spring Sports Season affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. The challenge, which launched April 6 and runs through June 7, will serve as a virtual season designed to help set healthy patterns and routines for all members of the SOSC community, ...

National Volunteer Week: Officer Nick Sanchez

Special Olympics Southern California competitions are only part of the fun for Santa Maria Police officer Nick Sanchez.