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Special Olympics Begins One-Year Countdown to 50th Anniversary

Chicago, Illinois – Last week, at Chicago’s Soldier Field, the location of the first-ever Special Olympics Games, it was announced that Chicago will host the Special Olympics movement’s 50th Anniversary global celebration events July 17 – 22, 2018. Mary Davis, Special Olympics International CEO, and Justice Anne Burke, who founded Special Olympics Chicago, announced the ...

PHOTOS: Morning with ManU

On July 14, Special Olympics Southern California athletes participated in a "football" (soccer on this side of the pond) clinic hosted by Manchester United with partner AON. The morning included skill instruction and small-sided scrimmages. The end of the clinic included autographs and, or course, medals. Local high school players were invited to help with ...

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Sprive for a Cause

Andy Ho, co-founder and CEO of Sprive, started his fitness equipment company in November and wanted to find ways to impact the community. With a personal connection to Special Olympics already established, he reached out to Special Olympics Southern California to see if there was a way to help raise awareness. The partnership started by ...

#SundaySpotlight: More Than A Pull

LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 16, 2017) – The concept is simple: put together a team of 25 and pull a plane 12 feet. Throw into the mix a FedEx 757 cargo plane weighing more than 124,000 pounds. Now that is a unique challenge that helps raise funds for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) athletes. The ...

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Grabs ESPN Spotlight

Dustin Plunkett is no stranger to the ESPN cameras – but on Wednesday he was among those celebrated as Special Olympics took center stage at the 25th annual ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Plunkett, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and headquarters staff member, was among 25 Special Olympics athletes from around the country who ...

Athletes Earning Elite Soccer Experience

LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 13, 2017) – This summer Special Olympics Southern California athletes are earning an elite-level soccer experience thanks to partnerships with the Los Angeles Galaxy, CONCACAF and Manchester United. It starts locally with the LA Galaxy Unified Team. They are slated to play a three-game schedule throughout the summer, the most in-depth ...

PHOTO GALLERY: On The Gridiron

Special Olympics Southern California and the Los Angeles Rams teamed up to host the first of six FUNdamentals Camp and Punt, Pass and Kick Challenge at Edward Vincent Jr. Park in Inglewood. The event was an introduction of flag football to SOSC Athletes and kicked off a fundraising campaign at all Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions ...

Rams Punter Reaches Out to Special Olympics

By Naomi Cahill What began as a high school volunteer service project has grown into a passion for Johnny Hekker. Now, the Los Angeles Rams’ All-Pro punter is helping launch this year’s Albertsons Companies Foundation, The Vons Foundation and The Pavilions Foundation campaign – where shoppers can donate at the checkout counter of Albertsons, Vons ...

INSIDE SOSC: Coaches in the #SundaySpotlight

Special Olympics Southern California coaches, regardless of sport, often come away with similar thoughts when they reflect upon their experience and interactions with the athletes. To paraphrase: You get back what you put in – and more. Lauren Clarke, who helped lead a USC group of coaches in the Los Angeles area, noted the affection ...

Rams Led Camp Begins July Partnership

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams are partnering with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) to host a series of flag football camps in 2017. These camps will give SOSC athletes a preview of the sport. The first of these camps is Saturday, July 8 and continues a month of #CelebratingChampions. The camps are for ...