Inaugural Flag Football Event Raises $18,500

The inaugural Law Enforcement Torch Run Unified flag football tournament brought together 160 Special Olympics Southern California athletes and local law enforcement officers over the weekend, and two teams were left standing heading into Sunday afternoon’s championship game. LAPD Operations West Bureau Badgers claimed the trophy, outlasting OC Lawmen in a 16-6 contest at Los ...

INSIDE SOSC: ‘More Than Sports’

Daree Jordan sees her son, Justus, as one of the many athletes who have gone through a transformative experience with Special Olympics Southern California. Among the biggest differences are in the confidence the 24-year-old carries and the camaraderie he shares with his fellow Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County athletes. "He just looks forward to ...

INSIDE SOSC: Plenty to be Thankful For

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, the athletes and supporters of Special Olympics Southern California have demonstrated throughout the year that there is plenty to be thankful for when it comes to their personal experiences. Whether it's through learning the basics of a new sport or simple encouragement, SOSC athletes continue to see their coaches as so ...

RECAP: 2018 Fall Games, Day 2

More than 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes shined as the two-day 2018 Fall Games came to a close Sunday in Fountain Valley. Golf was the last of the five sports to wrap up, as the competitors battled a strong wind in the afternoon during the nine-hole round at David L. Baker Golf Course. In ...

RECAP: 2018 Fall Games, Day 1

The opening day of the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Fall Games featured competitive action in a revamped championship event lineup Saturday in Fountain Valley. More than 1,100 athletes competed in traditional fall sports soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball, and golf made its Fall Games debut after the introduction of a new sports plan prior ...

What They’re Saying at the 2018 Fall Games – Day 1

Special Olympics Southern California athletes and supporters were out in full force Saturday as the 2018 Fall Games kicked off in Fountain Valley. Here's what a few of them had to say on Day 1: "I began to love softball when I was young and watched my brother play baseball. I love it! It’s so ...

INSIDE SOSC: Cop on a Rooftop, and More

Special Olympics Southern California's Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser grew in Year 2, while athletes were fine-tuning their skills this past week in preparation for Fall Games. Cop on a Rooftop Thanks to law enforcement agencies across our footprint, Special Olympics Southern California raised $42,200 this year for the Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser at ...

INSIDE SOSC: 2018 SD Regional Fall Games

Sam Blake is an imposing, hulking figure when he steps into the batter's box, and the Special Olympics San Diego County athlete is as friendly as they come, too. When he's not clubbing softballs for his team, the 40-year-old watches the rest of the competition and encourages the other teams from the stands. Sam gets ...

Special Olympics USA Team Named

314 athletes, coaches and staff to represent USA at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Athlete Leadership Program Empowers, Provides Growth Opportunity

Special Olympics Southern California athletes look up to peers like Paul Hoffman. The 60-year-old not only excels in sports, but he’s become an example of what individuals with intellectual disabilities are capable of when given the opportunity to tell their story – in their own words. In 1992, Paul was named the first Global Messenger ...