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INSIDE SOSC: Big Crowds Mean Bigger Confidence Boosts

Several athletes at Special Olympics Southern California can pinpoint a variety of aspects they enjoy most about competing. A solid number of responses will tie back to the atmosphere and encouragement they receive from a supportive group of engaged spectators. Many will tell you that the roar of a crowd can result in a significant ...

From UCSB to Special Olympics

By Naomi Cahill UC Santa Barbara alumna Jordan Franey brought her A-game to the basketball court for this year’s Summer Games – not as an athlete, but as a referee. The former Division I women’s basketball player was running up and down the court, blowing her whistle and guiding the players to ensure a fair ...

Summer Fun & Food, For A Cause

LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 21, 2017) - Today, June 21, marks the first day of summer and it will be a season of fun, food and events for a good cause. The summer months feature fundraising events that will directly impact Special Olympics Southern California athletes. The month of July will feature a pair of ...

Hard Work Brings Torch to Games

For 27 years, Eric Ledesma has been a police officer and in each of those years, he has been involved with Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Now a Lieutenant for the Long Beach Police Department, the LETR Final Leg brings everything full circle for Lt. Ledesma. His participation in the 2017 Torch ...

Through the Eyes… Day Two

On Monday, we posted a gallery of photos from day one of the 2017 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games. The shots were "through the eyes" of photographer Jim Cayer, a 2017 Michael W. Harahan Award Recipient, which is presented to volunteers with exceptional dedication and performance in their volunteer role. Here are his selections ...

The Healthy Side of The Games

With more than 1,100 Special Olympics athletes competing at the 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games, health and fitness becomes as important an aspect to the Games as the competitions themselves. With that, a major component to Special Olympics is the Healthy Athletes program, and it once again had a big role at ...

INSIDE SOSC: Fun, Inspiration Beyond the Games

Breakfast With Champions Steve Alford, the UCLA men’s basketball coach and keynote speaker of the event, recounted a story about how he didn’t have the 1984 Summer Olympic Games on his radar when he was a 19-year-old growing up in Indiana. Little did he know that it would be the start of something much greater, ...

What It Was Like to Attend, Volunteer at Summer Games

Editor’s note: Michael Amormino and his wife, Thann, attended Summer Games as volunteers. They collected stories and photos and this is their first-hand account. This was our first time volunteering at the Special Olympics. My wife and I signed up with the Special Olympics Southern California communications team for Summer Games. The experience we received ...

Through The Eyes of an Award Winner

Jim Cayer has supported Special Olympics Southern California for more than a decade as a volunteer photographer. His photographs are breathtaking and always put our athletes in the best light. He captures their determination, courage, and heart. His dedication to photographing the perfect shot of our athletes shows his passion for our movement and athletes. ...

What They’re Saying at Summer Games – Day 2

Find out what the athletes, coaches, volunteers, and more, were saying on Day 2 at Summer Games – in their own words: “These athletes are empowered through competition and achieve their goals for acceptance and independence with their peers.” -Victoria Dario, swimming awards volunteer coordinator "I love going to different areas and love meeting new friends, ...