USA Games Spotlight: James Morrell

Track and field athlete James Morrell is intent on making the most of his opportunity this July at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Regardless of the results, he will be satisfied knowing he put forth his best effort. "It means a lot," James said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance. I don't know if ...

USA Games Spotlight: Nihan Uslu

When we last caught up with Nihan Uslu, her mother Ana noted the life-changing benefits of Special Olympics Southern California. Now, the 27-year-old is nearing a trip she will remember for the rest of her life. Nihan and her teammates on the Pomona Valley women's basketball team are set to compete at the 2018 Special ...

USA Games Spotlight: Michael Roth

By Hannah van Warmerdam As tennis athlete Michael Roth eagerly awaits the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, he reminisces on how his tennis coach Jacque Martin and his family first got him started in Special Olympics. Michael said Jacque is one of his biggest role models. “Jacque has always been there for me,” he said. ...

USA Games Spotlight: Ricardo Cortez and Jeffrey Ray

Through Unified Sports, athletes with and without intellectual disabilities often discover that they have more in common than they initially realized. Basketball is that bond for Lompoc High School and 2018 Special Olympics USA Games teammates Ricardo Cortez and Jeffrey Ray. They both even enjoy watching NBA superstar LeBron James, an athlete who has openly ...

High Honors Cap 2018 Summer Games

There was no shortage of praise and deserved honors to go around Sunday as more than 1,100 athletes were celebrated for their athletic achievements at the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. • Day Two Photo Gallery  •  What They're Saying at Summer Games Medals were awarded in basketball, bocce, ...

What They’re Saying at 2018 Summer Games – Day 2

Athletes and attendees left the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games with a lifetime of memories Sunday at Cal State Long Beach. Here's what some of them had to say: Athletes "It gives me the opportunity to play and not worry about skill level. ... I was looking for a team to play on ...

New Experiences, Thrills Highlight Day 1 of 2018 Summer Games

As Special Olympics celebrates 50 years, the organization is still creating new, exciting experiences for the athletes, families and fans. New thrills were a theme Saturday during Day 1 of the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. • Day One Photo Gallery Alton Davis watched as his 5-year-old daughter ...

What They’re Saying at 2018 Summer Games – Day 1

Summer Games always brings out a number of fearless athletes, selfless volunteers and great moments. Here's what the competitors, spectators, and more, had to say Saturday at Day 1 of the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. Athletes "[Special Olympics] changed my life in middle school." -Ben Watts, 24, ...

Games Set to Begin Saturday

LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 7, 2018) – The 49th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games is set to begin on Saturday, June 9 with Opening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The Games run through Sunday, June 10 and end with Closing Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. All told more than 1,100 athletes will represent 25 Southern ...

USA Games Spotlight: Sarah Kovacs

By Hannah van Warmerdam There is a special kind of bond between a father and a daughter. Special Olympics athlete Sarah Kovacs has the distinction of additionally being coached by her father, Tom, in track and field. This father-daughter duo have both been involved with Special Olympics for more than 11 years and are headed ...