Category: 50th Anniversary

INSIDE SOSC: Looking Back on the First Half of 2019

Six months sure did fly by, didn’t it? Special Olympics Southern California, its athletes and supporters have celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary in grand fashion, to this point. Here’s a look back at some of the key moments and stories from the first half of the year: 2019 Floor Hockey Championship The first championship event ...

INSIDE SOSC: 50 Years of Progress, and Counting

For much of the past handful of years, Special Olympics Southern California President/CEO Bill Shumard has left the staff a simple, gentle reminder. What got us here, won't take us there. In many ways, that type of approach can explain how an organization celebrating its 50-year anniversary has evolved and continued to make an impact ...

Special Olympics Southern California Chosen as Nonprofit of the Year

LONG BEACH,Calif. (June 24, 2019) - Special Olympics Southern California is proud to announce Senator Ling Ling Chang has selected it as a 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year. Bill Shumard, CEO of Special Olympics Southern California traveled to Sacramento to join 100 other nonprofit leaders to be honored by their state senators and assembly ...

2019 Summer Games: The Results Are In!

By the time Day 2 of the 2019 Summer Games started to wind down Sunday at Cal State Long Beach, a sweet, familiar sound could be heard by anyone within an earshot of many of the 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes in attendance. Clang... clang... clang... with each step taken. Several competitors, particularly in individual ...

Athletes Close Out 2019 Summer Games

Fifty years of progress can be difficult to sum up succinctly. The athletes of Special Olympics Southern California instead showed what that progress looks like over the weekend at Cal State Long Beach. The organization, which is celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2019, wrapped up the annual two-day Summer Games competition on Sunday. More than 1,100 ...

Stars Come Out for Day 1 of 2019 Summer Games

More than 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes came prepared to put their best effort forward in five sports Saturday at the annual Summer Games competition at Cal State Long Beach. Summer Games, a two-day event, features competitions in athletics (track and field), basketball, bocce, flag football and swimming. This is the first year flag ...

Nordholm Family Leads by Example

By Alexandra Dickens The Nordholm family has stayed true to Special Olympics Southern California’s mission. Their story is one that will not be forgotten, as the Nordholms have helped change lives for the past 50 years “through the simple power of sport.” Their contributions will be celebrated Saturday at this year’s Breakfast with Champions from ...

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 ...