All posts by wearesosc

A Chance to Refill Your Tank

For Santa Maria Police Department Detective Nate Totorica, getting to spend time with Special Olympics Southern California athletes is a way to “refill his tank.” The liaison for Northern Santa Barbara County Law Enforcement Torch Run says the athletes give back to him just as much, if not more, than he gives them. “It is ...

Volleyball Strengthens Twins’ Bond

Ryan and Taylor Schubert are more than just brother and sister. The Schuberts, who are also twins, share a player-coach relationship for the Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley volleyball team. The bond through volleyball started when they were about 12 years old. At first, Ryan was more involved with basketball and swimming. Growing up, Taylor’s ...

SoCal Law Enforcement to Camp Out on Dunkin’ Donuts’ Rooftops

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 13, 2017) – Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, has challenged  law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California to camp out on its roofs in support of the Special Olympics Southern California. On Oct. 27, more than 19 locations across the region will participate in Southern California’s inaugural ...

INSIDE SOSC: Fall Season Off and Running

The fall season is off to a strong start at Special Olympics Southern California. October signaled the beginning of several regional Fall Games competitions. San Diego County drew hundreds of people to Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center on Oct. 7, including officers and sheriffs from the San Diego Police Department and San Diego Sheriff’s Department. A ...

Red Robin Tip-A-Cop: A Chance to ‘Engage With Athletes’

Bernie Colon has been a police officer for nearly 28 years and has enjoyed several experiences throughout his career. But it’s his involvement with Special Olympics that has been “by far one of the most rewarding,” and he makes it a point to get new officers involved. Colon, currently the captain of the San Diego ...

Can’t Get Enough

Ask Special Olympics Southern California athlete Monica Lopez what her favorite sport is, and she will say volleyball. Ask her about the best part of Special Olympics; she will answer bowling. Ask her what else she likes to do; she will answer swimming for Special Olympics Ventura County. From there, it is clear she loves ...

Red Robin Hosts Annual Tip-A-Cop

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12, 2017 – Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews restaurants will go blue as law enforcement members “serve” guests in a different way to support Special Olympics Southern California. Red Robin’s 12th annual Tip-A-Cop® event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 19 (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at 41 restaurants throughout Southern ...

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Hits Home For Pier del Sol Chefs

Several chefs put their products secondary to the underlying theme of raising awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities at this past Sunday’s Pier del Sol fundraiser in Santa Monica. That’s because a handful have been directly impacted by family members directly involved with Special Olympics. Joseph Pitruzzelli, a chef at Wurstkuche, works alongside his brother, ...

Pier del Sol Celebrates Decades of Longtime Support

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2017) – Sunday will be the 21st Pier del Sol, an annual event featuring the top chefs and restaurants in Los Angeles gathering together in a fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California and its more than 31,000 athletes. In the previous 20 years, there have been 178 restaurants/chefs on record ...

SOSC Announces Upcoming Changes to Sports Offerings

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Special Olympics Southern California has unveiled a new sports plan that will maximize the amount of training and competition for athletes year-round, allow it to serve more athletes than ever before, and enhance the athlete experience. A Sports Taskforce formed in 2016 to assess SOSC’s sports offerings and ...