Category: Athletes

USA Games Athlete Spotlight: Karen Cruz Has the Confidence of a Champion

By Terrionna Brockman  East San Gabriel Valley track and field athlete, Karen Cruz is anticipating USA Games in Orlando, Florida. She has been training for over seven years with Special ...

Timothy Athlete Sprinting To Finish Line

USA Games Athlete Spotlight: Track And Field Star, Timothy Woodall Prepared To Compete

By Quyen Nguyen Timothy Woodall is a dedicated athlete who strives to be on the podium every chance he gets. He is from Long Beach, California, and is currently preparing ...

Athlete Michael Leon to Represent SOSC at the 2022 USA Games Torch Run Final Leg

Before competition begins in June at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, an elite group of law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes will escort the Special Olympics ...

Special Olympics Provides Matthew Watkins with the Strength and Confidence to Be Himself

Matthew Watkins connection with Special Olympics Southern California is much bigger than training and competing in sports. Special Olympics helped him build his confidence and be true to himself. Matthew ...

Lindsay Kautiainen

Lindsay Kautiainen: SOSC’s Ray of Sunshine 

By Tierra Wilson Lindsay, like many other Special Olympics Athletes, enjoyed playing sports as a child but was not sure how she could play in a safe space. 23 years ...

Jacob Marselek

Jacob Marsalek is Breaking Barriers and Setting His Own Path to Happiness

By Melanie Barrios Through sports, Special Olympics athletes build skills that will help them succeed—on the sports field and in the community. Just take a look at Jacob Marsalek.   Jacob ...

Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Rachel Osterbach Defies Odds And Inspires The World

Rachel Osterbach's impact goes beyond athletics. She uses her platform to inspire and educate others, dispelling myths about people with Down Syndrome and working to eradicate the use of the ‘R-Word’.


Down Syndrome Awareness Month: SOSC Parent Details Son’s Journey To Special Olympics

Eight-year-old young athlete, Jorel's willingness to try and strong will to succeed are characteristics of a true champion. His mother, Maritza Alvarado shares how Special Olympics has impacted his life.

Michael Evans

Michael & Russ Evans on the Rewards of Sports & Employment

By Emily Moore Born in Petaluma California, Michael got involved with Special Olympics Southern California at the age of 5 when he was carried by a postal worker in what ...

Christina Principe

The Athlete & Coach Bond

by Christian Bood In the pool of life, everyone deserves a support system to keep them afloat. Someone to guide us through the water when situations get tough or simply ...

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