Category: Beyond Sports

Saskia Vogt Was Born to Shine 

By Melanie Barrios One might recognize Saskia Vogt from a cover of a magazine or from competitions. Make no mistake, Saskia Vogt is a star! Athlete, model, scholar, is there ...

Michael Johnson Is Blazing His Own Path

By Sean Longley Michael Johnson has been a Special Olympics athlete for decades. He first began to participate in Special Olympics activities when he was about 10 years old. During ...

Ashley Singleton And Family Are On A Mission To Rid False Assumptions About Down Syndrome

By Melanie Barrios Being a big sister to three younger siblings is a huge responsibility that Ashley Singleton takes seriously. She knows the importance of setting the best example, so ...

Warren High School

Local Schools Receive National Recognition from Special Olympics for Achievements with Inclusion

Special Olympics Southern California has announced that Alta Murrieta Elementary, Trabuco Mesa Elementary, Chaparral High School, Ocean View High School, Temecula Valley High School, Vista Murrieta High School, Warm Springs ...

Running for Inclusion with the City of Fontana

by Kimberly Villa The City of Fontana welcomed runners back to the annual “Fontana Days Run” on June 4, 2022 after virtual races the past two years. The event includes ...

Students & Faculty Come Together for Special Olympics Young Athletes

The Special Olympics Southern California Unified Young Athletes Showcase was a sight to see at the Warm Springs Middle School on May 4, 2022.  Young athletes were kicking soccer balls ...

Kim Beckhart Helps To Spread Message Of Acceptance And Inclusion

Volunteer Spotlight: Kim Beckhart Helps To Spread Message Of Acceptance And Inclusion

By Terrionna Brockman “I’ve learned empathy, compassion, support, kindness—the littlest things are big things to a Special Olympics athlete. You might not think it’s a big deal, but when you ...

Mark Chiljian on the Power of Unified Programs

Volunteer Spotlight: Mark Chiljian on the Power of Unified Programs

By Peter Tkac Mark Chiljian is an educator at Mission Viejo High School in California, where he has taught and lead a Foundation Autism Challenges Class for the past 16 ...

Coach Max Glaser Makes a Change Through Physical Fitness

Volunteer Spotlight: Coach Max Glaser Makes a Change Through Physical Fitness

By Quyen Nguyen A passion for health and fitness led Max Glaser to Special Olympics Southern California, where he is a volunteer fitness coach. Through the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge (HLC) ...

LAPD Deputy Chief Blake Chow

Volunteer Spotlight: Deputy Chief Blake Chow Was A Veteran Volunteer For Special Olympics Long Before Becoming An Officer

By Melanie Barrios Deputy Chief Blake Chow has been in law enforcement for an impressive 31 years. Being in law enforcement has given him different opportunities to interact with the ...

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