Category: Athlete

Gaining a Voice

Prior to starting with Special Olympics Southern California, Digna Punsalang has always known her daughter Patricia to be more reserved and quiet. But during a get-together among her peers, Patricia was asked to stand up in front of a small group. That’s when Digna first saw how the organization had made a difference outside of ...

Athlete Looks to Fulfill Hoop Dreams at USA Games

By Christian Barel Nihan Uslu finds balance in her life by practicing yoga. Four years of the tranquil activity has activated an interaction between her inner-self and body. Yoga is a big factor to centering her mind, especially while competing in Special Olympics. “Yoga always keeps me calm,” Nihan said. As an athlete, Nihan has ...

Track Standout to Lean On Family at USA Games

By Christian Barel Krystal Johnson is one of the 70 lucky athletes chosen to represent Southern California for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Among the 3,500 athletes selected in the country, she will showcase her skills in track and field. This isn’t a new ballgame for Krystal. It will be her second ...

Driven by Competiton

By Christian Barel Danielle Moore’s life has always been sports-centric. At a young age, she was regularly involved in different sports, playing in leagues for local churches and parks. It was through these organizations that Danielle got to practice what she loves to do: compete. She would play in the leagues until she surpassed the ...

A Wealth of Perseverance

By Christian Barel There is no challenge that Rebecca Nerney can’t overcome. In 45 years as a Special Olympics athlete, she’s honed her skillset and built upon her confidence as an athlete and individual. At the eager age of 8, she began training and competing in Special Olympics after a teacher introduced her to the ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes Shine Under Coliseum Lights

When Special Olympics Southern California first reached out to the Rams amid their move from St. Louis to Los Angeles, it was just an initial greeting. No plans were put in place, just a welcome back to the area. Now, a full year into a partnership, the Rams helped jumpstart the introduction to flag football ...

Year to Remember for Sheriff’s Deputy, Daughter

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Moran remembers the day his daughter, Brittney, was born. As he puts it: "I received an angel from God."

INSIDE SOSC: The Gift of SOSC

As we enter into December and the holiday season, Special Olympics Southern California is launching a month-long campaign that celebrates the “gift of SOSC.” Who better than those directly impacted by the mission – the athletes – to share how Special Olympics has made a positive change in their lives. We’ll be doing that through ...

RECAP: 2017 Fall Games Day 2

Since August, Special Olympics Southern California athletes across nine regions have practiced and competed locally. Their hard work and preparation culminated, three months later, with Sunday’s close to Fall Games at Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park, and the one-day bowling event at Fountain Bowl. 2017 Fall Games - Day Two Photo Gallery “Fall ...

What They’re Saying at the 2017 Fall Games – Day 2

Every Fall Games competition brings together a wide array of athletes, coaches and volunteers. Here’s what some of them had to say Sunday during the second day of competition at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park, and Fountain Bowl: "I've worked with kids, anything from Down syndrome to autism... working with special education ...