Category: Athlete

The Revolution is Inclusion: First-ever Special Olympics athlete-led panel convenes at United Nations

Dustin Plunkett demands inclusion for all during 12th Session of the Conference of States Parties. On Monday, June 10th, Special Olympics International, in partnership with the United Nations Division for Inclusive Social Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations (UN) hosted a panel discussion ...

Athletes Close Out 2019 Summer Games

Fifty years of progress can be difficult to sum up succinctly. The athletes of Special Olympics Southern California instead showed what that progress looks like over the weekend at Cal State Long Beach. The organization, which is celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2019, wrapped up the annual two-day Summer Games competition on Sunday. More than 1,100 ...

What They’re Saying at 2019 Summer Games – Day 2

Special Olympics Southern California's athletes, coaches and volunteers brought the same enthusiasm to Day 2 of the 50th annual Summer Games on Sunday at Cal State Long Beach. Medals were won, high-fives were exchanged and lifelong memories were created. Here's what a few of the attendees had to say: "It's like a family to me. ...

Stars Come Out for Day 1 of 2019 Summer Games

More than 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes came prepared to put their best effort forward in five sports Saturday at the annual Summer Games competition at Cal State Long Beach. Summer Games, a two-day event, features competitions in athletics (track and field), basketball, bocce, flag football and swimming. This is the first year flag ...

What They’re Saying at 2019 Summer Games – Day 1

The first of two days of Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games action is in the books. The event brings together an assortment of people from across Southern California. Here's what a few of them had to say on Day 1: “My favorite part is racing against people so I can challenge them." -John Rojo, ...

A Torch Running Pioneer

by Tessa Sechler Many say that people who are runners like it because they get to be alone. Others say that they find friendship in the groups they run with. While she may not have known it at the time, Special Olympics Southern California athlete Laura Cook helped spread the tradition of one the most ...

INSIDE SOSC: Swimmers Ready to Dive into Summer Games

Approximately 180 Special Olympics Southern California athletes competed in swimming competitions at the Ventura Regional Spring Games this past weekend on May 18 at Oaks Christian High School. The pool saw more than enough action as the races began at 10 a.m. and went well into the afternoon. The volunteer presence was also significant, with ...

INSIDE SOSC: Summer Games Nears, Inclusion Revolution Grows

Special Olympics Southern California athletes have less than a month to go before Summer Games. Two events got a taste of what's to come, as all five sports – basketball, bocce, flag football, swimming, and track and field – were on display at both the Orange County Regional Spring Games and Warren High School Spring Games ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes Use the Force

WeAreSOSC.org made its way to both the most northern and southern areas of Special Olympics Southern California's footprint this past week. Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo played host to a simultaneous doubleheader, while Carlsbad High School was the site of the San Diego Regional Spring Games. Games a Hit in San Luis Obispo More ...

INSIDE SOSC: ‘Exhilarated’ Athletes, and Rafer Johnson’s Life on Display

Five competitions were on the schedule this past weekend and WeAreSOSC.org was in Chino Hills and Bakersfield for a pair events. Plus, an exhibit showcasing the life of Special Olympics Southern California founder Rafer Johnson is the newest addition to the LA84 Foundation Library. Inspiring Athletes Find Own Inspiration The cold clouds couldn’t deter more ...