Category: Athlete

INSIDE SOSC: How SOSC Changed Jered Naccarato’s Life

By Marvin Poquiz Jered Naccarato remembers making nightly visits to the casino as a way to pass the time when we wasn’t sitting at home and watching TV. He knew he needed a change. After a move to live with his brother, Jered was ready for a more active, healthy lifestyle. “So, I got involved ...

INSIDE SOSC: Getting to Know Brandon Harrington

By Brianna Pereira Brandon Harrington, an athlete for more than 20 years with Special Olympics, does not let a setback derail his love of sports and competition. Brandon, who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, also had immense pain in his legs at 5 years old. It was later discovered that he had legg-calve-perthes, a childhood ...

2020 Floor Hockey Championship Recap

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Special Olympics Southern California's Floor Hockey Championship had inspiration from start to finish Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The event featured 15 teams and 240 athletes, with teams split into the Pacific, Central, Metropolitan and Atlantic divisions. Teams played games in the morning before being seeded based on record in the ...

Special Olympics Lakewood Honored by City Council

Special Olympics athletes and organizers in Lakewood have made a tremendous impact, and the City of Lakewood took notice. In celebration of the city’s 65th anniversary, Special Olympics Lakewood was among the nonprofit programs honored as the City Council named “Lakewood Volunteer Civic Organizations in Service to the Community” its newest Legends of Lakewood. The ...

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Returns to Capitol Hill, and More

Special Olympics athletes, organization leaders, Unified Sports partners and family members from across the country made the trip to Washington D.C. last week to participate in Special Olympics' annual "Capitol Hill Day." Special Olympics Southern California chairman Kelly Johnson and athlete/staff member Dustin Plunkett were among 260 delegates representing 46 states and the District of ...

INSIDE SOSC: Competition Breeds Friendly Rivalries

Special Olympics Southern California competitions throughout the year often lead to familiarity among the teams. Think about it: Year-round sports, often featuring the similar groups of athletes in each region, create a bond over time. A case can be made that it's no more apparent than in the winter floor hockey season. Nine teams featuring ...

Join Joseph’s Journey: Special Olympics Transformed My Life

Editor's note: "Join Joseph's Journey" is a blog written by Joseph Gorin, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and member of SOSC's Board of Directors. Joseph, who has cerebral palsy, started training and competing with Special Olympics in 2003. Back then, he was a quiet kid who would barely look people in the eyes. Now, ...

From Student to Mentor

Mike Dyer wants to help Special Olympics Southern California athletes reach the same thrills he experienced during his time as an athlete. A right shoulder injury in 2018 and a pair of surgeries may have cut his time on the basketball court short, but Mike had a plan in place years prior to transition into ...

INSIDE SOSC: SoCal, Minnesota Athletes Unify on Football Field

Special Olympics Unified flag football teams from Southern California and Minnesota were treated to quite the NFL experience Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. Three hours prior to the Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings’ contest, the Unified teams squared off on the gridiron in 5-on-5 action (three athletes and two Unified partners). ...

Schuberts Make Volleyball A Family Affair

By Emma Lee When walking into the gym at this year’s Special Olympics Southern California Fall Games, your eyes were bound to find the Santa Clarita volleyball team, as cheers of excitement frequently arose. A large portion of those cheers were produced by the Schubert twins, Ryan and Taylor. Ryan, an athlete, began playing volleyball ...