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2018 Pier del Sol: Cheers to 50!

LONG BEACH, Calif.  – On October 14th, join some of the best chefs and restaurants in Los Angeles as we celebrate Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary at the 2018 Pier del Sol, an event that fuses great food with an amusement park experience to benefit Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Tickets for the 22nd annual Pier ...

Tri-Valley Athlete Recognized for Outstanding Outreach

Michael Leon, a Special Olympics Tri-Valley athlete and Global Messenger, was presented with the Richard L. Van Kirk Outstanding Outreach Achievement Award on Thursday for his work in advancing the Special Olympics movement. Michael, a Global Messenger since 2015, speaks to a number community groups, churches and schools about living with autism and type-1 diabetes. ...

Warren HS Named as ‘ESPN Top-5’ UCS

LONG BEACH - What started as a social club a decade ago at Warren High School is now a nationally recognized program. Warren High School, part of the Downey Unified School District, was one of 30 Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools selected Aug. 30 as part of the first class of ESPN Honor Roll schools. ...

San Diego Athletes Find Friendship Through Special Olympics

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - Kian Barzi and Troy Horton share a friendship that their bowling coach describes as "the yin and the yang." The San Diego athletes met through Special Olympics as soccer teammates three years ago. Kian, 13, is a bit more reserved while Troy, 17, will introduce himself to just about anyone, and ...

INSIDE SOSC: Championship An Attention Getter

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - Special Olympics Southern California's Bowling Championship brought out the best in nearly 400 athletes who competed Saturday in a pair of sessions at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley. LINKS: Results | Photo Gallery Special Olympics Inland Empire had a strong showing in the morning session. Of the 47 divisions (29 male ...

INSIDE SOSC: 2018 Plane Pull

It was a record-setting Saturday afternoon at the 13th annual Special Olympics Southern California Plane Pull© at Long Beach Airport. The event attracted 5,000 people, including a record 61 registered teams. Each team, comprised of 25 individuals, competed to see who could pull a 124,000-pound FedEx cargo plane 12 feet the fastest. The Los Angeles ...

Record 61 Team to Pull Saturday

LONG BEACH – The line-up for the Special Olympics Southern California 2018 Plane Pull© is set, and the record-setting 61 teams are set to pull the 124,000 FedEx cargo plane 12 feet in support of #SOSCAthletes this Saturday, Aug. 18. In its 13 years, the field for this year’s pull is the largest in its ...

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 ...

#SundaySpotlight: Bowling Championship Set for Historic Day

LONG BEACH - As Special Olympics Southern California begins its 50th anniversary celebration, the 2018 Bowling Championship will celebrate its first year as its own championship competition. The history-making day will come on Aug. 25 at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif. More than 400 SOSC athletes will compete at the first standalone bowling championships. Bowling ...

INSIDE SOSC: Growing Family

Special Olympics Southern California family has been growing, and quickly. From the more than 34,500 athletes to the families that take them to every practice and competition, Special Olympics is one big family. It's size continues to grow as evidence by the past four days during these very hot summer days. From the Orange County ...