Category: Athlete

Lindsay Kautiainen

Lindsay Kautiainen: SOSC’s Ray of Sunshine 

By Tierra Wilson Lindsay, like many other Special Olympics Athletes, enjoyed playing sports as a child but was not sure how she could play in a safe space. 23 years later Lindsay has taken everything Special Olympics Southern California has to offer and made lifelong friends and connections. Although Lindsay loves basketball (fun fact: her ...

Jacob Marselek

Jacob Marsalek is Breaking Barriers and Setting His Own Path to Happiness

By Melanie Barrios Through sports, Special Olympics athletes build skills that will help them succeed—on the sports field and in the community. Just take a look at Jacob Marsalek.   Jacob is one impressive individual. At an age where most children are coming into their own, Jacob was already playing softball, bocce, volleyball, and golf and ...

Michael Evans

Michael & Russ Evans on the Rewards of Sports & Employment

By Emily Moore Born in Petaluma California, Michael got involved with Special Olympics Southern California at the age of 5 when he was carried by a postal worker in what was then called the Post Office Torch Run (now the Law Enforcement Torch Run).   Michael Evans is a 36-year-old Special Olympics Southern California athlete who ...

Return to Activity Update Due to Coronavirus: 9/14/21

The health and safety of athletes, volunteers, and employees continues to be our number one priority.  We continually track information from trusted health resources about the presence and impact of COVID-19 on communities in Southern California.  Following is an update to our Return to Activity plan which takes into account that information:   Based on ...

Christina Principe

The Athlete & Coach Bond

by Christian Bood In the pool of life, everyone deserves a support system to keep them afloat. Someone to guide us through the water when situations get tough or simply cheer us on when we are splashing past the competition. Special Olympics Athlete Christina Principe and Coach Leslie Runnelstover have a unique bond that began ...

athlete, Debi Anderson, Pam Anderson

Volunteer Week: Mom and Daughter Team Up to Spread Inclusion

By Melanie Barrios There is nothing Pam loves more than watching her daughter succeed in Special Olympics. Pam Anderson knows the importance of Special Olympics and the impact it is having on people with intellectual disabilities. For the past two decades, Pam has had a front-row seat watching her daughter, Debi, accomplish many things some ...

The Blankenburg Family Embodies the Special Olympics Spirit

By Melanie Barrios If you're from San Luis Obispo County or have been involved with Special Olympics, chances are you have heard about the Blankenburg family and their extraordinary journey. Dick and Maxine Blankenburg started Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County in 1969, and their son Rick is one of the very first athletes to ...

INSIDE SOSC: Getting to Know Charles Martindale

By Zach Fidel Special Olympics Southern California athletes don’t just get the opportunity to compete in various sporting events, they also get the chance make a lasting impact within the organization. Some even have traveled to places they have never dreamed about going. Charles Martindale, the San Diego Athlete Input Council Vice President, is an ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athlete Leaders ‘Spread Special Olympics Power’

Special Olympics San Diego athlete Sophie Demos sees value in athlete-led council participation. After all, who better than the athletes served to give direct feedback. She is one of 12 members on Special Olympics San Diego’s Athlete Input Council. “When the [athletes] have input, we help make it better and bigger for Special Olympics,” Sophie ...

Monti Peterson Finds His Voice

By Andrew Higa The impact Special Olympics Southern California has had on Monti Peterson can be seen in many instances of his life. He's had the opportunity to speak in front of the likes of Mattel and Toyota employees, as well as volunteer at a nearby VA hospital over the years. It's all thanks to ...

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