Category: 50th Anniversary

Steve Bolton: ‘We Are the Edge of the Movement’

By Tessa Sechler Volunteers within Special Olympics could easily be compared to the oil that flows through a machine, allowing everything to run smoothly. From setup, meal services and overall constant support, volunteers are the people that the athletes see most. Special Olympics could not be the success that it is without the work of ...

INSIDE SOSC: ‘Exhilarated’ Athletes, and Rafer Johnson’s Life on Display

Five competitions were on the schedule this past weekend and WeAreSOSC.org was in Chino Hills and Bakersfield for a pair events. Plus, an exhibit showcasing the life of Special Olympics Southern California founder Rafer Johnson is the newest addition to the LA84 Foundation Library. Inspiring Athletes Find Own Inspiration The cold clouds couldn’t deter more ...

National Volunteer Week: In the Coaches’ Words

Coaches come from various backgrounds at Special Olympics Southern California. Some have personal connections to a particular sport and wanted a way to give back, others are law enforcement officers making time despite a busy schedule. Whatever the backstory may be, the coaches all share a common joy in watching the athletes grow. "I love ...

National Volunteer Week: Jim Reynolds

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INSIDE SOSC: Show Support at the Checkout Counter

Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions, a big supporter of Special Olympics Southern California, will kick off its checkout fundraiser in 345 stores from March 27 through April 23. Last year, the fundraiser generated more than $1.24 million in support of SOSC athletes. Donations at the checkout counter help provide various services and equipment for SOSC athletes, ...

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 ...