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Registration to Pull Now Open

PLANE PULL LINKS: Event Flyer | Form A Team | Register as an Individual | Interest Form | Car & Motorcycle Show LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 12, 2017) – The ultimate man-versus-machine Plane Pull fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) is back for its 12th annual run at the Long Beach Airport on August ...

Southern California Schools Becoming Unified Champions

LONG BEACH (May 11, 2017) – The word champion is defined as “a person who fights for a cause” or “to support the cause of; defend.” A primary initiative for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) is the Schools Program, and 28 Southern California schools have risen to earn the label of Unified Champion Schools. With sports ...

2017 Summer Games: One-Month Countdown

LONG BEACH (May 10, 2017) – In just 31 days – one month from today - the 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games will begin with Opening Ceremonies on the campus of California State University, Long Beach on June 10. Here is a look at what awaits the more than 10,000 individuals who ...

Limitations are no crutch for Edward Garcia

By Naomi Cahill Competing in sports gave East San Gabriel Valley athlete Edward Garcia the confidence in himself and a positive outlook on life. The 32-year-old, diagnosed with hydrocephalus, also walks with the aid of crutches, and has undergone 28 surgeries since the age of 11 months. Despite his physical limitations and the tough competitors ...

Registration Open for 2017 We Run the City

LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 4, 2017) – The annual We Run the City, a 5K/10K run/walk benefiting Special Olympics Southern California returns to the campus of UCLA and will be held on Sunday, Nov. 19. Registration for this unique rivalry run is now open and runners can take advantage of early registration pricing at WeRunTheCity.com. ...

Steve Alford Named Keynote Speaker for Annual Breakfast

LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 2, 2017) – UCLA Men’s Basketball Head Coach Steve Alford has been named the keynote speaker for Special Olympics Southern California’s (SOSC) annual Rafer Johnson Breakfast with Champions. The breakfast brings leaders of the business and sports communities together to honor the accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes. The breakfast will be ...

An Angel in the Work Force

Baseball season marks the return of peanuts, Crackerjacks and the sight of Special Olympics Southern California athlete Trevor Hendershot at the Los Angeles Angels’ team store. For six years, the 26-year-old from Irvine has balanced the life of athlete and greeter at the official team store for both the Angels and Anaheim Ducks. Trevor’s father, ...

Volunteer Week: Honoring Those Behind the Scenes

  LONG BEACH (April 19, 2017) – Special Olympics Southern California would not exist today without the expertise, time, and enthusiasm of its volunteers. They are on the sports field guiding the athletes through drills. They are behind the scenes ensuring events run properly while giving and receiving more high fives and hugs than they ...

Looking Back: Volunteer Brings Light Show to 2016 Summer Games

A photography hobby of volunteer Shereef Moustafa’s turned into a dazzling light show for Special Olympics Southern California athletes at the 2016 Summer Games. Shereef, a volunteer since fall 2004, dabbles in light painting photography on the side. The technique captures exposures made with the movement of a hand-held light source while taking a long ...