Category: 50th Anniversary

Bill Fields: What World Games Means to Me

By Tessa Sechler Consistency. Dedication. Growth. Those are just a few words to describe Bill Fields career with Special Olympics, which he has been involved with for nearly 50 years. Fields first started with Special Olympics New Jersey in 1972, and 14 years later he joined Special Olympics California, before the division of Northern and ...

World Games Spotlight: Tyrone Garrett

Special Olympics has helped Tyrone Garrett achieve and experience many new things, and the greatest is yet to come. Tyrone is one of six Special Olympics Southern California athletes headed to Abu Dhabi for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games from March 14-21. “When I found out I was going to the World Games, I ...

Warren HS Honored for Inclusive Environment

DOWNEY, Calif. – Neil Everett walked onto the stage on the Justice Stadium football field at Warren High School, unzipped his jacket and revealed a navy T-shirt with the words “The Cave” – an ode to the school’s student section. The 4,000 students in attendance roared in approval, engulfing the ESPN SportsCenter anchor with the ...

‘Choose to Include – No Matter What’

CHULA VISTA – Students at Olympian High School had a packed gymnasium rocking, cheering on fellow classmates during a Special Olympics Unified basketball game. “Choose to include – no matter what!” was the chant, as the force of the growing “inclusion revolution” promoted by the organization’s Unified Champion Schools program continues to sweep the nation. ...

Athlete Leadership Program Empowers, Provides Growth Opportunity

Special Olympics Southern California athletes look up to peers like Paul Hoffman. The 60-year-old not only excels in sports, but he’s become an example of what individuals with intellectual disabilities are capable of when given the opportunity to tell their story – in their own words. In 1992, Paul was named the first Global Messenger ...

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2018 Pier del Sol – Cheers to 50!

WHO/WHAT: Special Olympics Southern California Pier del Sol Food & Spirit Festival Media Events and Opportunities WHERE: Santa Monica Pier & Pacific Park (200 Santa Monica Pier, Suite A Santa Monica, CA 90401) WHEN: Sunday, October 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. BASICS: On October 14, join some of the best chefs and restaurants in Los Angeles as ...

Celebrate 50 Years, Pier del Sol with Pink’s Hot Dogs

By Austin Gould Pink’s Hot Dogs is ready to join the party and celebrate Special Olympics' 50th anniversary. Pink’s Hot Dogs is the Honorary Chef for the 22nd annual Pier del Sol at Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park on October 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Richard Pink, the owner of Pink’s Hot Dogs and ...

Games Set to Begin Saturday

LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 7, 2018) – The 49th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games is set to begin on Saturday, June 9 with Opening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The Games run through Sunday, June 10 and end with Closing Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. All told more than 1,100 athletes will represent 25 Southern ...

#50Friday: Robert Waters

By Hannah van Warmerdam As Special Olympics celebrates its 50-year anniversary, longtime athlete Robert Waters may be closing in on his final competition. After hearing about Special Olympics from a friend more than 30 years ago, athlete Robert Waters found his love for competition. Whether it is competing in soccer, bocce ball, or track and ...

2018 Summer Games: One-Month Countdown

LONG BEACH (May 9, 2018) – One month from today, the 49th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games will begin with Opening Ceremony on the campus of California State University, Long Beach on June 9. The Summer Games will run through Sunday, June 10 and will begin a year-long celebration of Special Olympics Southern ...