Category: Athlete

Rams Led Camp Begins July Partnership

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams are partnering with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) to host a series of flag football camps in 2017. These camps will give SOSC athletes a preview of the sport. The first of these camps is Saturday, July 8 and continues a month of #CelebratingChampions. The camps are for ...

#SundaySpotlight: Find Their Voice

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Last week we began a new series on WeAreSOSC.org called #SundaySpotlight. Fittingly, our spotlight was the Special Olympics Southern California athletes, specifically their competitive spirit at the 2017 Summer Games. This week we stay focused on our athletes, but our #SundaySpotlight turns to the Athlete Leadership Programs that allow athletes to ...

Southern California Delegation Set for 2018 USA Games

LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 29, 2017) – A year from now, more than 70,000 will descend on Seattle, Wash., to celebrate the awe-inspiring abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games held July 1-6, 2018. Among the 3,500 athletes that will compete in the USA Games will be 70 from ...

#SundaySpotlight: We Got Some Heat

Today we begin our #SundaySpotlight series on WeAreSOSC.org and our first feature fittingly starts with the athletes.  Our spotlight will be a little more focused, so today we will take a look specifically at the competition. From the waters of the pool to the links of the golf course, then to the mat at gymnastics, ...

INSIDE SOSC: Big Crowds Mean Bigger Confidence Boosts

Several athletes at Special Olympics Southern California can pinpoint a variety of aspects they enjoy most about competing. A solid number of responses will tie back to the atmosphere and encouragement they receive from a supportive group of engaged spectators. Many will tell you that the roar of a crowd can result in a significant ...

Through The Eyes of an Award Winner

Jim Cayer has supported Special Olympics Southern California for more than a decade as a volunteer photographer. His photographs are breathtaking and always put our athletes in the best light. He captures their determination, courage, and heart. His dedication to photographing the perfect shot of our athletes shows his passion for our movement and athletes. ...

What They’re Saying at Summer Games – Day 2

Find out what the athletes, coaches, volunteers, and more, were saying on Day 2 at Summer Games – in their own words: “These athletes are empowered through competition and achieve their goals for acceptance and independence with their peers.” -Victoria Dario, swimming awards volunteer coordinator "I love going to different areas and love meeting new friends, ...

Joyous Family Affair Closes Summer Games

The look of accomplishment when a medal goes around a Special Olympics Southern California athlete’s  neck is as pure of an emotion as there is at Summer Games, and there were plenty of proud faces to be found Sunday at Cal State Long Beach and nearby Recreation 9 golf course. PHOTOS: Summer Games - Day ...

What They’re Saying at Summer Games – Day 1

Here is a collection of thoughts and experiences from athletes, coaches, volunteers, law enforcement and attendees on Day 1 of Special Olympics Southern California’s Summer Games: “This is our opportunity to feel like we don’t have a disability. [Special Olympics] is my chance where I can play a sport.” -Tara Hampton, basketball athlete from Simi ...

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.