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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. ...

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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 ...

SOSC Creates Virtual Sports Leagues So Athletes Can Stay in the Game During the Pandemic

Special Olympics Southern California launched Virtual Sports Leagues so athletes can stay active, socialize and participate on a team, and compete safely during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Athletes will have the chance to compete virtually with their team from March 29 through June 5. Learn more at sosc.org/VSL. Due to the pandemic and the potential ...

Kaiser Permanente and Special Olympics Southern California Announce Renewed Partnership Benefiting Athletes

PASADENA, Calif., March. 18, 2021 — Kaiser Permanente and Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) today announced a renewed three-year partnership in which physicians and medical support staff will continue providing high-quality health education; medical support; consulting; and when athletes return to competition, sideline care. With March recognized as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, the Special ...

The Blankenburg Family Embodies the Special Olympics Spirit

By Melanie Barrios If you're from San Luis Obispo County or have been involved with Special Olympics, chances are you have heard about the Blankenburg family and their extraordinary journey. Dick and Maxine Blankenburg started Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County in 1969, and their son Rick is one of the very first athletes to ...

Important Information on the Coronavirus Vaccine

Vaccines are one of the tools we have to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and Special Olympics Southern California wants to make sure you have information and resources regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage everyone who has access to the COVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated. Studies show that the vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. ...

Albertsons, Vons, & Pavilions Campaign Supports Special Olympics Athletes During Pandemic

Through March 23, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions (AVP) shoppers will have the opportunity to donate at checkout to support Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Find your local store at SOSC.Org/AVP. “We are extremely grateful for our partnership with AVP,” said SOSC President and CEO Calvin Lyons. “Over the last 36 years, the AVP campaign has ...

SOSC To Host Virtual Event to Get People to Move Across California

Special Olympics Southern California is finding new ways to keep athletes engaged and moving with Move Across California (MAC). From February 1 - March 13, teams will participate in a 1000-mile journey across California in an interactive experience to reach one-of-a-kind virtual pit stops. Learn more at sosc.org/MAC. The virtual journey starts in San Diego, ...

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