Special Olympics Southern California Delegates Part of Capitol Hill Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 18, 2018 – Special Olympics athletes, program leaders, unified partners, and family members from all 50 states and the District of Columbia converged on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on February 13 for Special Olympics’ annual “Capitol Hill Day.” This was the first time in the 16-year history of Capitol Hill ...

INSIDE SOSC: OC Floor Hockey Debuts, and More

A week after half of Special Olympics Southern California's teams opened the floor hockey season, teams split and competed in a pair of competitions almost 200 miles apart in the first full weekend on Saturday. LINKS: OC Competition Photo Gallery | NSB Competition Photo Gallery In Orange County, 109 athletes from eight teams that represented ...

#SundaySpotlight: Kent Menendez

By Christian Barel Trying something new can be a path to a lifelong passion. For Kent Menendez, this statement holds true. Not afraid to immerse himself in new experiences, he attempted playing almost every sport. However, with those sports something didn’t seem to mesh with him. Well, at least that was the case, until he ...

INSIDE SOSC: Floor Hockey Season Underway

Approximately 130 athletes around Southern California were ready for the intense, physical open to the floor hockey season Saturday at Escondido Sports Complex. Athletes from the Inland Empire, Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley, Orange County, Santa Clarita and San Diego regions battled on a pair of courts. Among the gold medal recipients in separate ...

#SundaySpotlight: James Morrell

James Morrell has gained a spike in self-esteem since joining Special Olympics Southern California two years ago. The medals he’s amassed have helped serve as conversation starters. But James’ new favorite topic is his selection to compete this summer at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. “He has something exciting to talk to ...

Yorba Linda Resident Appointed to Special Olympics Board

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) has appointed Orange County resident Dr. April Lopez as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Lopez, of Yorba Linda, is an Orange County-based Doctor of Chiropractic. Since 2001, she has owned and continues to operate a successful practice in the City of Orange near Angel ...

#SundaySpotlight: Fall Coach Honorees

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- At the conclusion of the fall sports season, Special Olympics Southern California honored the Coaches of the Season for Fall 2017. Earning the honor were Kayla Edwards (softball, Santa Barbara), Eileen Malumaleumu (bowling, Carson), Jacque Martin (tennis, Oceanside), Carly Matera (volleyball, San Luis Obispo) and Adam Sutphin (soccer, Glendale). Special Olympics ...

Ready to Plunge

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Get ready to be freezin’ for a reason and show how brave you are while raising funds for Special Olympics. Participate in Special Olympics Southern California’s annual Big Bear Polar Plunge™ benefiting Inland Empire athletes on Saturday, March 3, at Veteran's Park on the shores of Big Bear Lake. LINKS: Registration | ...

Bocce Athlete, Mother Preps for Return at 2018 USA Games

By Christian Barel Special Olympics Southern California aims to create unity through sports, and that is what the organization has done for Jennifer Ali. Through Special Olympics she has gotten more involved by competing, and built long-lasting friendships while at it. After a horrific car accident in 2003, Jennifer was welcomed by the Special Olympics ...

Good Luck, Los Angeles Rams!

Tonight, for the first time since 1986, the Rams will host an NFL playoff game in Los Angeles. Good luck to the Rams, who will face the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons in a wild card game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Kickoff is at 5:15 p.m. and the game will air on NBC. The ...