CIF Continues Partnership with Special Olympics to Provide Inclusive Sports Opportunities at Local High Schools

SACRAMENTO — In 2015, The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), Special Olympics Northern and Southern California and the California Department of Education (CDE) announced their partnership to establish an inclusive culture that promotes participation opportunities for student-athletes with disabilities. This partnership enabled CIF member schools to implement unified sports programming on their respective campuses. Today, the ...

Jorel

Down Syndrome Awareness Month: SOSC Parent Details Son’s Journey To Special Olympics

Eight-year-old young athlete, Jorel's willingness to try and strong will to succeed are characteristics of a true champion. His mother, Maritza Alvarado shares how Special Olympics has impacted his life.

Michael Evans

Michael & Russ Evans on the Rewards of Sports & Employment

By Emily Moore Born in Petaluma California, Michael got involved with Special Olympics Southern California at the age of 5 when he was carried by a postal worker in what was then called the Post Office Torch Run (now the Law Enforcement Torch Run).   Michael Evans is a 36-year-old Special Olympics Southern California athlete who ...

Return to Activity Update Due to Coronavirus: 9/14/21

The health and safety of athletes, volunteers, and employees continues to be our number one priority.  We continually track information from trusted health resources about the presence and impact of COVID-19 on communities in Southern California.  Following is an update to our Return to Activity plan which takes into account that information:   Based on ...

Christina Principe

The Athlete & Coach Bond

by Christian Bood In the pool of life, everyone deserves a support system to keep them afloat. Someone to guide us through the water when situations get tough or simply cheer us on when we are splashing past the competition. Special Olympics Athlete Christina Principe and Coach Leslie Runnelstover have a unique bond that began ...

Assemblymembers Grayson and Frazier Announce $6 Million in Funding Secured for Special Olympics California

For Immediate Release Contact: Audrey Detmer, audrey.detmer@asm.ca.gov, (925) 876-7307 (Sacramento, CA) – Governor Gavin Newsom signed a budget trailer bill (AB 130, Committee on Budget) that included $6 million in funding for Special Olympics Northern and Special Olympics Southern California, which was a priority of Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord) and Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Fairfield). “Through ...

We’re Back to In-Person Activities on 7/6/21! Updates Return to Activity Due to the Coronavirus

We’re back! Limited in-person activities will begin on July 6, 2021. We have been planning for this for months and look forward to welcoming back all athletes and coaches. The health and safety of athletes, volunteers and employees is our number one priority. Based on our understanding of the improved environment in Southern California with ...

Volunteer Week: A Passion for Basketball Leads to Lifelong Friends

By Rachel Bialkin The pandemic has suspended many things in our lives, but one thing it couldn’t stop is Scott Norton’s passion for Special Olympics, his love for the athletes he coaches, and his determination. Since 1999, Scott Norton has volunteered as a basketball coach for Special Olympics Southern California in the Santa Clarita area. ...

athlete, Debi Anderson, Pam Anderson

Volunteer Week: Mom and Daughter Team Up to Spread Inclusion

By Melanie Barrios There is nothing Pam loves more than watching her daughter succeed in Special Olympics. Pam Anderson knows the importance of Special Olympics and the impact it is having on people with intellectual disabilities. For the past two decades, Pam has had a front-row seat watching her daughter, Debi, accomplish many things some ...

Colbert Williams: A Fierce Competitor and Passionate Vons Employee

By Rachel Bialkin Since 1988, Colbert Williams has been a passionate athlete and fierce competitor with Special Olympics Southern California. Colbert has participated in sports such as basketball, skiing, volleyball, swimming, track & field, and speed skating. His favorite sport to play is floor hockey! Colbert loves to participate in each sport because it keeps ...

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