Category: Athlete

#WDSD2018: Can’t Get Enough

Last Sunday, Paola Lozano took the court for Ventura at the Santa Barbara North Division basketball competition. It was her 75th event since joining Special Olympics Southern California, and the 21-year-old just can’t get enough of life. Paolo said Special Olympics has made her stronger, and that’s not just limited to sports. “I love Special ...

#SundaySpotlight: Scott Haynes

Scott Haynes was in the net, stopping shots for the San Diego Vista Red Wings at the Floor Hockey Championship on March 11. The 30-year-old even posted a shutout in one of the team’s three games, a 5-0 win over the Laguna Hills Eagle Hawks, to help them earn the silver medal in the green ...

The Journeys of Adinan Schreck

By Sean Minnihan In Southern California, the month of March brings many different things to a variety of people. The days begin to get longer, the weather is a bit warmer, students and teachers look forward to spring break; but in the case of Special Olympics Southern California athlete Adinan Schreck and his father Eberhard, ...

Recapping the 2018 Floor Hockey Championship

The Orange County Laguna Hills Hawks picked quite the time to score their first floor hockey victory over the San Diego El Cajon Gulls this season. The Hawks prevailed 6-3 in one of three victories Sunday en route to the red division’s gold medal at the 2018 Floor Hockey Championship at The RINKS in Huntington ...

Making a Splash

By Sean Minnihan Nicolette Jones enjoys swimming in the blue waters of the pool in her backyard, but make no mistake that she has her sights set on gold for the next five months. A competitor in the 50-meter freestyle and 25-meter backstroke and breaststroke event, Nicolette has been preparing for this moment almost her ...

INSIDE SOSC: Hooping at NBA All-Star Weekend

There were about 80 Special Olympics Southern California athletes in attendance at Saturday morning’s NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Clinic, but for one moment all eyes were on 9-year-old Bobby Grunsted. A murmur grew louder, thanks in part to former player and NBA Cares ambassador Felipe Lopez. “Bob-by! Bob-by! Bob-by!” his fellow athletes and NBA ...

SOSC Pair Selected for NBA Unified Game

LOS ANGELES -- Special Olympics athletes from around the world, including a pair from Southern California, will get a piece of the NBA All-Star weekend spotlight. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, 12 Special Olympics athletes will show fans the unifying power of sport and team up with NBA and WNBA legends, players and sports ...

INSIDE SOSC: OC Floor Hockey Debuts, and More

A week after half of Special Olympics Southern California's teams opened the floor hockey season, teams split and competed in a pair of competitions almost 200 miles apart in the first full weekend on Saturday. LINKS: OC Competition Photo Gallery | NSB Competition Photo Gallery In Orange County, 109 athletes from eight teams that represented ...

#SundaySpotlight: Kent Menendez

By Christian Barel Trying something new can be a path to a lifelong passion. For Kent Menendez, this statement holds true. Not afraid to immerse himself in new experiences, he attempted playing almost every sport. However, with those sports something didn’t seem to mesh with him. Well, at least that was the case, until he ...

INSIDE SOSC: Floor Hockey Season Underway

Approximately 130 athletes around Southern California were ready for the intense, physical open to the floor hockey season Saturday at Escondido Sports Complex. Athletes from the Inland Empire, Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley, Orange County, Santa Clarita and San Diego regions battled on a pair of courts. Among the gold medal recipients in separate ...