Category: Athletes

USA Games Athlete Spotlight: John Ngo Shares That Showing Good Sportsmanship Is an Important Quality as an Athlete

By Peter Tkac  John Ngo is a Special Olympics athlete from Southern California, a place he has lived his entire life. It’s also the region he will be representing in the upcoming USA Games for the very first time. He has played a variety of sports throughout his life but currently loves competing in tennis ...

USA Games Athlete Spotlight: Krystal Johnson Emphasizes Her Need to Stay Fit and Try Her Best

By Kimberly Villa  Krystal Johnson is no stranger to Special Olympics Southern California. In the 21 years she’s been involved, she has participated in tennis, athletics, bowling, and floor hockey. Off the field, she serves on the SOSC Board of Directors and is a Global Messenger. Krystal will be representing SOSC in tennis, her favorite ...

USA Games Athlete Spotlight: Katharina Mitchell Takes Big Steps Into a New Adventure

By Terrionna Brockman  Katharina Mitchell is from Tehachapi, California, and is proud to showcase her bowling skills at USA Games in Orlando, Florida for the first time. She has been bowling for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) for over ten years, starting out on the Antelope Valley team and eventually joining the Kern County Team ...

USA Games Athlete Spotlight: Corey Martin Has the Will to Win

By Terrionna Brockman  Antelope Valley athlete, Corey Martin gets to check two new experiences off his bucket list. He will be competing at USA Games and traveling to Orlando, Florida for the first time! He shares his enthusiasm about connecting with teammates and representing Southern California in athletics competitions. When his coach informed him that ...

USA Games Athlete Spotlight: Karen Cruz Has the Confidence of a Champion

By Terrionna Brockman  East San Gabriel Valley track and field athlete, Karen Cruz is anticipating USA Games in Orlando, Florida. She has been training for over seven years with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) for the chance to be recognized for such a monumental athletics competition and the time has finally come.   When Karen received ...

Timothy Athlete Sprinting To Finish Line

USA Games Athlete Spotlight: Track And Field Star, Timothy Woodall Prepared To Compete

By Quyen Nguyen Timothy Woodall is a dedicated athlete who strives to be on the podium every chance he gets. He is from Long Beach, California, and is currently preparing for USA Games. The track and field star is confident in his skills and wears his accomplishments proudly. Joining Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) gave ...

Athlete Michael Leon to Represent SOSC at the 2022 USA Games Torch Run Final Leg

Before competition begins in June at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, an elite group of law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes will escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on a journey across Florida. Law enforcement officers along with Special Olympics athletes will make up the prestigious “Final Leg” team for ...

Special Olympics Provides Matthew Watkins with the Strength and Confidence to Be Himself

Matthew Watkins connection with Special Olympics Southern California is much bigger than training and competing in sports. Special Olympics helped him build his confidence and be true to himself. Matthew came out as a transgender man to his family when he was 18 and to his Special Olympics teammates and coaches when he was 20. ...

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 ...

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