Category: Athlete

2019 World Games: March 19 Preview

Our Special Olympics Southern California athletes have brought some new medals with them into this second week of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games. Two gold medals in the pool from Jonathan Pierce, as well as a bronze from Mark Hanson and Krystal Johnson on the tennis court, to be specific. Read more about it ...

2019 World Games: March 16-18 Round-up

A pair of gold medals and a bronze highlighted Special Olympics Southern California's contribution to the U.S. team over the weekend as the 2019 Special Olympics World Games continues on in Abu Dhabi. March 16 Jonathan Pierce was the first of the six SOSC athletes to compete, and he added a gold medal to Special ...

World Games Spotlight: Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson remembers growing up, watching the Olympic Summer and Winter Games on television, and even attending the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City with his family. Never did the Calabasas resident think he would be on a big stage someday himself. Mark, a tennis player, is one of six Southern California athletes representing Special ...

World Games Spotlight: Jonathan Pierce

By Julie Devine Special Olympics Southern California swimmer Jonathan Pierce is already making history and his Special Olympics World Games journey has only just begun. With Special Olympics as his current focus, Jonny is committed to the training and hard work required of being an athlete. From the dedication he has allotted to swimming, he ...

2019 World Games: How to Watch, and More

And theyโ€™re off! Six Special Olympics Southern California athletes have begun their trip to Abu Dhabi to represent Special Olympics USA at the 2019 World Games. The Games Opening Ceremony will take place March 14 in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates at 11 a.m. ET. With this being the first ...

INSIDE SOSC: 2019 Floor Hockey Championship Recap

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. โ€“ Kern County proved to be a tremendous host, as its athletes and coaches put on quite the performance Saturday at the Special Olympics Southern California Floor Hockey Championship. Kern County was one of the four gold medalists, as 16 teams battled it out in four divisions at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The ...

INSIDE SOSC: Floor Hockey Championship on Horizon

Special Olympics Southern California athletes got in one last competition before this weekend's floor hockey championship. Eleven teams battled it out in three divisions at the Northern Santa Barbara regional floor hockey competition on Feb. 23 at Santa Maria High School. Gold medal winners included the Santa Barbara Dolphins (red division), Santa Clarita Valley Great ...

World Games Spotlight: Faith Demos

By Cesar Fernandez For Faith Demos golf is not just a sport, it is a family affair. She grew up watching her father play, an avid golfer since the age of 9. Now, she gets to take her family to new heights by competing against the world. She is one of six athletes from Special ...

World Games Spotlight: Krystal Johnson

By Julie Devine A new turn has approached as the 2019 Special Olympics World Games are imminent, and athletes are training harder than ever to prepare for an incredible seven days in Abu Dhabi. These elite competitors are intensifying their training, pushing harder, all to prepare for a trip worth remembering. For Special Olympics Southern ...

World Games Spotlight: Tyrone Garrett

Special Olympics has helped Tyrone Garrett achieve and experience many new things, and the greatest is yet to come. Tyrone is one of six Special Olympics Southern California athletes headed to Abu Dhabi for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games from March 14-21. โ€œWhen I found out I was going to the World Games, I ...