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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 ...

SOSC to Host an End of Summer Extravaganza with Several Virtual Events & Celebrations

Move for inclusion with Special Olympics Southern California during the End of Summer Extravaganza in August. SOSC is planning numerous events to celebrate the athletes and encourage everyone, along with volunteers and supporters, to get active. The Extravaganza will take place August 8-29 and will consist of several virtual events that are open to everyone, ...

Special Olympics Southern California Partners with Aspire to Drive Donations

The Aspire Sport Marketing Group and Special Olympics Southern California are pleased to announce a donation and customer service-based partnership. The Aspire Group will be responsible for driving gifts and building relationships with new and current donors through Aspire’s National Sales Center (NSC) in Atlanta, Georgia. “We are excited to begin this partnership with the ...

INSIDE SOSC: Looking Back at the ’84 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Rafer Johnson's children, friends and media members look back at the 1984 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Special Olympics CA Not Included in Initial State Budget; California Voters Push for Inclusion

California voters are urging their elected officials to include Special Olympics California in the revised state budget during the COVID-19 crisis. Special Olympics California was notably missing from the initial budget, but voters are pushing for inclusion in a last effort to ensure state funding for over 64,000 people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics California ...

Fall Season Update Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Based on our on-going consideration of current information, SOSC has made the decision to cancel all Fall competitions including all local, Regional, and Chapter competitions. We will continue with Healthy Lifestyle Challenge in the Fall to engage the entire SOSC community in not only staying active , but to help keep our community of athletes, ...

INSIDE SOSC: Joyce Wittal Keeps Team Active Through Pandemic

By Zane Landin Special Olympics coaches not only teach athletes how to play their respective sports and improve, but they play an active role in the athletes’ lives. Some coaches go above and beyond in their roles, exemplifying servitude and passion. Joyce Wittal is one example of an extraordinary coach who has demonstrated admirable qualities ...