Category: Athlete

Summer Games – Day 1 in Photos

A select group of photos from day one of the 2017 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at California State University, Long Beach. The games got off to a big start as 1,100 athletes and more than 10,000 others celebrate the most inspirational athletes in Southern California. Look for more photos as the game progress.

Energy, Passion Take Over Day 1 at Summer Games

The smile and cheers from fans like Siope Moa provided the energy for the athletes competing on Day 1 of the 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. A first-time volunteer, Siope came into the event with an open mind and was just “looking to be of service” as ...

Healthy Athletes A Big Impact at Summer Games

Special Olympics Southern California takes over California State University, Long Beach for the 2017 Summer Games, using a large footprint in and around all of the athletic venues on the northwest side of the sprawling campus. Located just south of the Walter Pyramid will be one of the largest non-competition based compounds of the Games, ...

Swimmer Competes to Inspire

By Naomi Cahill Longtime Special Olympics Southern California swimmer Jeffrey Morris understands the importance of inspiring others to try new things and do their best. He himself was inspired as a child to become a competitive swimmer by watching his brother compete. “So the more I would watch him, the more I was interested,” said ...

Limitations are no crutch for Edward Garcia

By Naomi Cahill Competing in sports gave East San Gabriel Valley athlete Edward Garcia the confidence in himself and a positive outlook on life. The 32-year-old, diagnosed with hydrocephalus, also walks with the aid of crutches, and has undergone 28 surgeries since the age of 11 months. Despite his physical limitations and the tough competitors ...

An Angel in the Work Force

Baseball season marks the return of peanuts, Crackerjacks and the sight of Special Olympics Southern California athlete Trevor Hendershot at the Los Angeles Angels’ team store. For six years, the 26-year-old from Irvine has balanced the life of athlete and greeter at the official team store for both the Angels and Anaheim Ducks. Trevor’s father, ...

Jasmine Miles Becomes a Leader

Jasmine Miles grew up like so many others with intellectual disabilities. Children at school would treat her differently without ever getting to know her, while the rest of the children were treated with more respect, no questions asked. Now 27 years old, Jasmine thinks back and has just one question: Why? "It's like why are ...

An Eye-Opening Healthy Athletes Experience

By Naomi Cahill and Tracy McDannald Donna Wilson and her daughter, Vanessa, look at Special Olympics as more than a sports organization – thanks to an examination at a Healthy Athletes station. Donna and her husband have five children – three of them adopted and with Down syndrome. The two eldest boys grew up playing ...

Greeter Leans on T.E.A.M.

Together. Each other. Achieves. More. That’s how Kenny Goode interprets the concept of a team, thanks to his uncle, Peter. Kenny has played basketball for Temecula Valley since 2012, scoring as many as 38 points in a game. But the Menifee resident also prides himself on being a “team player.” “I’ll move the ball around ...