Category: Athlete

What They’re Saying at the 2017 Fall Games – Day 1

Every Fall Games competition brings together a wide array of athletes, coaches and volunteers. Here's what some of them had to say during the first day of competition at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park: "I learned about Special Olympics and thought it was a great opportunity. I wanted to join. The atmosphere ...

INSIDE SOSC: A World of Opportunities

Special Olympics Southern California represents many things to Western San Bernardino athlete Brett Laza. At just 25 years old, he’s already had a lifetime’s worth of experiences. Perhaps his greatest thrill, Brett was one of two athletes selected worldwide to bring the torch from Greece to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. ...

Healthy Athletes Provides Vital Service

San Diego County coach Jacque Martin has seen what an on-site Healthy Athletes station can do for Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Each year at both the Summer and Fall Games, clinical directors volunteer their services and offer free health exams to the athletes. At this year's Fall Games on Nov. 11 and 12 in ...

The Art of Body English

Merriam-Webster defines body English as "bodily motions made in a usually unconscious effort to influence the progress of a propelled object." Major league baseball players do it, waving their arms to keep a ball fair. Golfers do it in hopes to influence the ball from hooking into a hazard. At the Southeast Los Angeles Whittier ...

Volleyball Strengthens Twins’ Bond

Ryan and Taylor Schubert are more than just brother and sister. The Schuberts, who are also twins, share a player-coach relationship for the Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley volleyball team. The bond through volleyball started when they were about 12 years old. At first, Ryan was more involved with basketball and swimming. Growing up, Taylor’s ...

INSIDE SOSC: Fall Season Off and Running

The fall season is off to a strong start at Special Olympics Southern California. October signaled the beginning of several regional Fall Games competitions. San Diego County drew hundreds of people to Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center on Oct. 7, including officers and sheriffs from the San Diego Police Department and San Diego Sheriff’s Department. A ...

Can’t Get Enough

Ask Special Olympics Southern California athlete Monica Lopez what her favorite sport is, and she will say volleyball. Ask her about the best part of Special Olympics; she will answer bowling. Ask her what else she likes to do; she will answer swimming for Special Olympics Ventura County. From there, it is clear she loves ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes Put the ‘FUN’ in FUNdamentals Camp

Forty-five Special Olympics Southern California athletes from Ventura and Santa Barbara County learned a handful of tips from a pro football player Thursday night at Ventura College. The athletes came prepared with some end zone celebration routines, too. Los Angeles Rams All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker led the athletes through six drill stations as part of ...

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 ...