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Celebrating Rafer Johnson: An Immeasurable Impact

By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson isn’t one to beat his chest and flash his Olympic gold medal. It would be years before his own children learned of his mainstream success. Yet, the Special Olympics Southern California founder has many friends and admirers, in addition to family, who will go to bat for him and attempt ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: UCLA’s ‘Most Prestigious’ Living Legend

By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson’s gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics put him in a different stratosphere at home in the U.S. and abroad. He drew interest from the Los Angeles Rams, who drafted him in the 28th round in 1959, despite not playing a single down of college football. Hollywood ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: An Olympic Decathlon for the Ages

WeAreSOSC.org previously highlighted Rafer Johnson’s journey to get to the 1960 Rome Olympics and his place in history as the U.S. flagbearer during the Opening Ceremonies. Now, we take you through his gold-medal performance in the decathlon and the bond he shared with fellow competitor C.K. Yang. By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson would be the ...

Murrieta Mesa High School, Murrieta Valley High School, and Westminster High School to Receive National Recognition from Special Olympics for Achievements with Inclusion

Special Olympics Southern California has announced Murrieta Mesa High School, Murrieta Valley High School, and Westminster High School are receiving national banner recognition for their efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. The three Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools are receiving this honor as a result of meeting national ...

Join Joseph’s Journey: Being an Athlete in the Time of COVID-19

Editor's note: "Join Joseph's Journey" is a blog written by Joseph Gorin, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and member of SOSC's Board of Directors. Joseph, who has cerebral palsy, started training and competing with Special Olympics in 2003. Back then, he was a quiet kid who would barely look people in the eyes. Now, ...

Inside SOSC: Special Olympics is a Family Affair for Athlete Joselyn Bermudez and Her Parents

By Emma Vandine When it comes to involvement with Special Olympics, athlete Joselyn Bermudez and her family demonstrate how there is no such thing as “too busy” or “too involved.” Starting as an athlete ten years ago at the age of 13, Joselyn now participates in five sports for SOSC, while her parents coach four ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: History at the 1960 Opening Ceremonies

WeAreSOSC.org is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Rafer Johnson's gold medal decathlon performance. Yesterday, we took a look at his journey to get to the Games. Today, we celebrate the anniversary of his place in history at the Opening Ceremonies. By Tracy McDannald The 1960 Rome Olympics featured a slew of breakout American stars whose ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: The Build to the 1960 Rome Olympics

For the next few weeks, WeAreSOSC.org will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Special Olympics Southern California founder Rafer Johnson’s gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics, the historical significance surrounding the event and his legacy in the immediate aftermath. Part of that legacy resulted in his selection as the final torchbearer ...

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goodr Collaborates with Special Olympics Southern California to Promote Inclusion

Sunglasses brand goodr collaborated with Special Olympics to create Mission: Inclusion Vision, a themed pair of shades. Inspired by the Special Olympics logo, the sun glasses feature stylized red and white frames with gray polarized lenses. One thousand copies are available and all proceeds go to Special Olympics Southern California. Purchase some today! The sunglasses ...

Update Regarding SOSC’s Plans for the 2020 Fall & 2020-2021 Winter Sports Season Due to the Coronavirus

In an effort to keep athlete and volunteer safety at the forefront as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer any official in-person activities or gatherings through March 2021. This includes: All Fall 2020 Sports Season training and competitions for Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball. All Winter 2020-2021 ...