INSIDE SOSC: What’s in a Name?

Special Olympics Southern California athletes are not afraid to show off their personality. Whether it’s their dance moves or big smiles at the sight of a camera, the athletes make it known when they’re having a good time.

That personality, and a sense of humor, were on display last Saturday through some of the team names, too.

More than 200 bowlers from the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley region were in attendance last Saturday at Cal Bowl in Lakewood. Embroidered on some team uniforms were such clever names as “This is How We Roll” and “Split Happens.”

PHOTOS: 2018 LASGV Regional Bowling Competition

The competition was split into 16 female and 27 male divisions over 42 lanes in the morning session and another 12 female and 32 male divisions over 47 lanes in the afternoon.

Fifty volunteers helped out at the event, including a handful from United Airlines and the South Hills High School Pep Unit, both of whom assisted at the lanes and handed out medals. Brenda Rogokos, the pep unit’s coordinator, made it a point to look for an event “they could give back to their community.”

It was the pep unit’s first time volunteering at a Special Olympics event.

Samantha Torres, a high school senior, noted the athletes’ perseverance – regardless of their intellectual disability – and the joy she witnessed.

“It was really fun to see that they still have the motivation and they’re still confident,” Samantha said. “It was cool to see that they can do something they really enjoy.”

Inside the SOSC is a blog written by staff member Tracy McDannald. It is a more feature-style approach to looking inside what makes Special Olympics Southern California so unique, so special. It is meant to explore the people and their stories. One word at a time.

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