Category: Athlete

INSIDE SOSC: A Day With L.A. Galaxy Unified

Judging by all the smiles on the faces of the Los Angeles Galaxy Unified soccer team, Sunday afternoon’s experience at the StubHub Center in Carson was nothing short of a thrill. Maybe it was the chance to watch their Major League Soccer counterparts square off against the San Jose Earthquakes prior to their own match. ...

INSIDE SOSC: Perks Reach Beyond Playing Field

For Long Beach athletes Arlan Hood and Joshua Woodall, there are multiple benefits to being part of Special Olympics Southern California. The most obvious perk is competition. Joshua, 24, has been an athlete for the past seven years. The pure joy of sports and sense of belonging are all he wants. This fall, he will ...

Honorary Captain Uses Baby Steps to Thrive

Before heading on stage to emcee the Closing Ceremony of the 2017 Summer Games, Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) athlete Rachel Osterbach was nervous. The Global Messenger often gets nervous before speaking in front of big crowds. It is a fear she has battled for a long time. But just as she has done her ...

#SundaySpotlight: From Playing to Coaching

Cody Nicholson is taking his love of basketball – and his studies – to Long Beach City College in the fall. Cody’s father, Vince, introduced him to Vikings women’s basketball head coach Michael Anderson. From there, Anderson connected with Cody’s high school coach at Brethren Christian, who noted his “basketball IQ.” Cody, a second-year Special ...

INSIDE SOSC: Nike 3-on-3 Spawns World Games Flashback

Joe Hreish was back in the city that re-ignited his passion for Special Olympics, and he couldn’t help but smile about it. The Orange County athlete was among nearly 50 Special Olympics Southern California athletes competing in the Nike 3-on-3 basketball tournament in downtown Los Angeles. It was two years ago, during the 2015 Special ...

Special Olympics Hoops Slated for Nike 3-on-3

Nearly 50 Special Olympics Southern California athletes will be among the thousands of basketball players flocking to the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the Nike 3-on-3 at L.A. Live on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5 and 6. The street basketball tournament, which started in 2009, turns L.A. Live into a giant playground with approximately ...

PHOTOS: #MLBmemorybank of a Lifetime

Bank of America teamed up with the Los Angeles Dodgers to provide an opportunity of a lifetime of Special Olympics Southern California athletes from the Lakewood Dirtbags softball team and three from the Huntington Beach Tidal Waves. As part of #MLBmemorybank, an initiative providing baseball fans experiences of a lifetime, the athletes were surprised throughout ...

#SundaySpotlight: Fall Sports Season

LONG BEACH, Calif. – As the month of August nears, so too does the fall sports season for Special Olympics Southern California. August 1 is the official start of the season for bowling, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. The fall sports season is still in need of volunteer coaches. These “inside of sports” volunteers include ...

PHOTOS: Morning with ManU

On July 14, Special Olympics Southern California athletes participated in a "football" (soccer on this side of the pond) clinic hosted by Manchester United with partner AON. The morning included skill instruction and small-sided scrimmages. The end of the clinic included autographs and, or course, medals. Local high school players were invited to help with ...

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Grabs ESPN Spotlight

Dustin Plunkett is no stranger to the ESPN cameras – but on Wednesday he was among those celebrated as Special Olympics took center stage at the 25th annual ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Plunkett, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and headquarters staff member, was among 25 Special Olympics athletes from around the country who ...