Category: Athlete

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 ...

INSIDE SOSC: Growing Family

Special Olympics Southern California family has been growing, and quickly. From the more than 34,500 athletes to the families that take them to every practice and competition, Special Olympics is one big family. It's size continues to grow as evidence by the past four days during these very hot summer days. From the Orange County ...

#SundaySpotlight: Reese Kaul

Chris Kaul remembers watching his son, Reese, compete with Special Olympics Southern California for the very first time. He wasn't quite sure what to expect, how his son would react in a competition environment. Tears flowed, and a decade later it still makes him emotional. "We cried," Chris said. "We cried because it was something ...

SOSC Athletes Well Represented at Nike 3ON3

LONG BEACH - California’s largest outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament, the Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament returns to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles and L.A. LIVE for its 10th consecutive year. Special Olympics Southern California athletes will be represented in record numbers as 24 teams will compete on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5. All told 92 SOSC ...

Six Southern California Athletes Chosen for 2019 World Games

Updated July 29, 2018 LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 20, 2018) – Six athletes from Special Olympics Southern California have been chosen to participate in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March of 2019. Representing Southern California at the World Games will be Megan Bingham (La Crescenta, Calif.), ...

#SundaySpotlight: Top Moments From USA Games

A week like the one Special Olympics Southern California athletes, Unified partners, coaches and staff experienced at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle creates a lifetime of memories. In fact, it's difficult to narrow down the defining moments in a simple list but let's give it a shot. The Action and Intensity Special Olympics is ...

USA Games Spotlight: Jonathan Pierce

By Naomi Cahill and Tracy McDannald FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- In the time leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, one swimmer had officials buzzing. No way, the qualifying times couldn't possibly be right. Jonathan Pierce seems to have that "wow" effect -- whether it's his talent in the water or penchant for ...

2018 USA Games: July 6 Round-up

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The full group of Special Olympics Southern California swimmers made up the bulk of the schedule Friday, the final day of competition at the 2018 USA Games. Swimming Team SOSC's 4x100-meter relay team closed out the Games in breathtaking fashion, jumping from fourth to second place in the final leg to win ...