Category: Athlete

RECAP: 2018 Fall Games, Day 2

More than 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes shined as the two-day 2018 Fall Games came to a close Sunday in Fountain Valley. Golf was the last of the five sports to wrap up, as the competitors battled a strong wind in the afternoon during the nine-hole round at David L. Baker Golf Course. In ...

RECAP: 2018 Fall Games, Day 1

The opening day of the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Fall Games featured competitive action in a revamped championship event lineup Saturday in Fountain Valley. More than 1,100 athletes competed in traditional fall sports soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball, and golf made its Fall Games debut after the introduction of a new sports plan prior ...

What They’re Saying at the 2018 Fall Games – Day 1

Special Olympics Southern California athletes and supporters were out in full force Saturday as the 2018 Fall Games kicked off in Fountain Valley. Here's what a few of them had to say on Day 1: "I began to love softball when I was young and watched my brother play baseball. I love it! It’s so ...

INSIDE SOSC: 2018 SD Regional Fall Games

Sam Blake is an imposing, hulking figure when he steps into the batter's box, and the Special Olympics San Diego County athlete is as friendly as they come, too. When he's not clubbing softballs for his team, the 40-year-old watches the rest of the competition and encourages the other teams from the stands. Sam gets ...

Special Olympics USA Team Named

314 athletes, coaches and staff to represent USA at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

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 ...

INSIDE SOSC: IE Regional Fall Games

For a sixth year, Big League Dreams' facility played host to the Inland Empire Regional Fall Games this past weekend in Perris. Special Olympics Southern California athletes competed in soccer and softball, and the team of 67 Big League Dreams staff members assisted in scorekeeping, announcing, field setup and maintenance, security, and more. Several athletes ...

Tri-Valley Athlete Recognized for Outstanding Outreach

Michael Leon, a Special Olympics Tri-Valley athlete and Global Messenger, was presented with the Richard L. Van Kirk Outstanding Outreach Achievement Award on Thursday for his work in advancing the Special Olympics movement. Michael, a Global Messenger since 2015, speaks to a number community groups, churches and schools about living with autism and type-1 diabetes. ...

San Diego Athletes Find Friendship Through Special Olympics

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - Kian Barzi and Troy Horton share a friendship that their bowling coach describes as "the yin and the yang." The San Diego athletes met through Special Olympics as soccer teammates three years ago. Kian, 13, is a bit more reserved while Troy, 17, will introduce himself to just about anyone, and ...

INSIDE SOSC: What’s in a Name?

Special Olympics Southern California athletes are not afraid to show off their personality. Whether it's their dance moves or big smiles at the sight of a camera, the athletes make it known when they're having a good time. That personality, and a sense of humor, were on display last Saturday through some of the team ...