Record 61 Team to Pull Saturday

LONG BEACH – The line-up for the Special Olympics Southern California 2018 Plane Pull© is set, and the record-setting 61 teams are set to pull the 124,000 FedEx cargo plane 12 feet in support of #SOSCAthletes this Saturday, Aug. 18. In its 13 years, the field for this year’s pull is the largest in its ...

#SundaySpotlight: Bowling Championship Set for Historic Day

LONG BEACH - As Special Olympics Southern California begins its 50th anniversary celebration, the 2018 Bowling Championship will celebrate its first year as its own championship competition. The history-making day will come on Aug. 25 at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif. More than 400 SOSC athletes will compete at the first standalone bowling championships. Bowling ...

INSIDE SOSC: A Day at the Lanes

More than 200 bowlers made their way to Buena Lanes for the 2018 Ventura County Regional bowling competition this past Saturday. The morning team competition consisted of 17 teams of four bowlers split into six divisions. The afternoon's individual competition featured athletes from a number of surrounding Special Olympics Southern California regions, including Kern County, ...

Unified Champion Schools: Fostering Youth Leaders

LONG BEACH - Through Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools, Special Olympics Southern California creates partnerships with schools and districts to help foster positive school climates for individuals with intellectual disabilities. During the 2017-18 school year, partnerships included 22 elementary schools, 20 middle schools, 50 high schools, three school districts and three universities. The goal of Unified Champion Schools is to promote the acceptance and ...

Six Southern California Athletes Chosen for 2019 World Games

Updated July 29, 2018 LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 20, 2018) – Six athletes from Special Olympics Southern California have been chosen to participate in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March of 2019. Representing Southern California at the World Games will be Megan Bingham (La Crescenta, Calif.), ...

2018 Plane Pull: Something for Everyone

LONG BEACH - The ultimate man-versus-machine fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC), the 2018 Plane Pull, is back for its 13th annual run at the Long Beach Airport on August 18. Registration for the annual event is now open, and in search of participants to pull a 124,000 pound FedEx airplane 12 feet. Teams ...

#SundaySpotlight: Top Moments From USA Games

A week like the one Special Olympics Southern California athletes, Unified partners, coaches and staff experienced at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle creates a lifetime of memories. In fact, it's difficult to narrow down the defining moments in a simple list but let's give it a shot. The Action and Intensity Special Olympics is ...

USA Games Spotlight: Jonathan Pierce

By Naomi Cahill and Tracy McDannald FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- In the time leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, one swimmer had officials buzzing. No way, the qualifying times couldn't possibly be right. Jonathan Pierce seems to have that "wow" effect -- whether it's his talent in the water or penchant for ...

2018 USA Games: July 6 Round-up

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The full group of Special Olympics Southern California swimmers made up the bulk of the schedule Friday, the final day of competition at the 2018 USA Games. Swimming Team SOSC's 4x100-meter relay team closed out the Games in breathtaking fashion, jumping from fourth to second place in the final leg to win ...

2018 USA Games: July 5 Round-up

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- As the competitions enter its final days, the intensity is palpable and Special Olympics Southern California seems to just get stronger. Swimming Five Team SOSC swimmers competed in separate divisions of the 50-meter freestyle, and one shattered a personal-best time Thursday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Nicolette Jones and ...