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1 Day, 2 Fun and Inspiring Events

Saturday, August 17 is sure to be an action-packed and meaningful day, and you won’t want to miss it. At the Long Beach Airport, Special Olympics Southern California will host two incredible fundraisers that are estimated to raise a total of $450,000. Join us as we compete for bragging rights and pull a plane. The ...

2019 Over the Edge: Leaping for the Athletes

LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 22, 2019) Special Olympics fans will take the leap to fundraise for Special Olympics Southern California athletes at the Over the Edge fundraiser on August 10 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Limited to 76 individual participants, the event will feature participants rappelling down 16-stories in Garden Grove. Participants who raise a ...

INSIDE SOSC: Beth Selbe Lends More Than a Hand in San Diego Area

Beth Selbe does more than just coach Special Olympics Southern California athletes in the San Diego area. She’s also helping mold the next wave of athlete advocates. Beth is the mother to 26-year-old Thomas Selbe, a floor hockey and basketball player. Nearly a decade of Special Olympics memories in Thomas' time includes the floor hockey ...

Bowling Championships Set Up for an Exciting Weekend

As Special Olympics Southern California concludes its 50th anniversary celebrations, the 2019 Bowling Championships will celebrate its second annual championship competition. The event will take place on Aug. 24 at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif. More than 400 SOSC athletes will compete at the stand-alone bowling championships. Traditionally held during the Fall Games, Bowling ...

Participants chosen to represent LA Galaxy SOSC Unified at the MLS All-Star Week

Later this month, MLS and ESPN will host the 6 Annual Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Experience. The final match will be on July 31 at the Orlando City Stadium. The game will feature participants both with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Southern California athletes Logan Jones and Juan Ortega, alongside Coach Jorge ...

Special Olympics California Awarded State Funding As Part of the 2019-2020 State of California Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 16, 2019) – California Governor Gavin Newsom and lawmakers recently finalized the state budget for 2019-2020 and confirmed an unprecedented amount in funding to support Special Olympics California. “I am incredibly excited and so thankful that our efforts were successful. This money is so crucial in supporting nearly 70,000 Special Olympics athletes in ...

INSIDE NEWS: L.A. Times on Rafer Johnson; Trabuco Hills HS Honored

Editor's note: Welcome to the first installment of Inside News, which will highlight stories of Special Olympics Southern California athletes and programs generated by media outlets and other outside sources. By now, you might be aware of the LA84 Foundation Library's exhibit of SOSC founder Rafer Johnson. Earlier this year, Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke spent ...

INSIDE SOSC: Looking Back on the First Half of 2019

Six months sure did fly by, didn’t it? Special Olympics Southern California, its athletes and supporters have celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary in grand fashion, to this point. Here’s a look back at some of the key moments and stories from the first half of the year: 2019 Floor Hockey Championship The first championship event ...

INSIDE SOSC: 50 Years of Progress, and Counting

For much of the past handful of years, Special Olympics Southern California President/CEO Bill Shumard has left the staff a simple, gentle reminder. What got us here, won't take us there. In many ways, that type of approach can explain how an organization celebrating its 50-year anniversary has evolved and continued to make an impact ...

Special Olympics Southern California Chosen as Nonprofit of the Year

LONG BEACH,Calif. (June 24, 2019) - Special Olympics Southern California is proud to announce Senator Ling Ling Chang has selected it as a 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year. Bill Shumard, CEO of Special Olympics Southern California traveled to Sacramento to join 100 other nonprofit leaders to be honored by their state senators and assembly ...