Category: Beyond Sports

Join Joseph’s Journey: Being an Athlete in the Time of COVID-19

Editor's note: "Join Joseph's Journey" is a blog written by Joseph Gorin, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and member of SOSC's Board of Directors. Joseph, who has cerebral palsy, started training and competing with Special Olympics in 2003. Back then, he was a quiet kid who would barely look people in the eyes. Now, ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: History at the 1960 Opening Ceremonies

WeAreSOSC.org is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Rafer Johnson's gold medal decathlon performance. Yesterday, we took a look at his journey to get to the Games. Today, we celebrate the anniversary of his place in history at the Opening Ceremonies. By Tracy McDannald The 1960 Rome Olympics featured a slew of breakout American stars whose ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: The Build to the 1960 Rome Olympics

For the next few weeks, WeAreSOSC.org will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Special Olympics Southern California founder Rafer Johnson’s gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics, the historical significance surrounding the event and his legacy in the immediate aftermath. Part of that legacy resulted in his selection as the final torchbearer ...

Goodr Glasses

goodr Collaborates with Special Olympics Southern California to Promote Inclusion

Sunglasses brand goodr collaborated with Special Olympics to create Mission: Inclusion Vision, a themed pair of shades. Inspired by the Special Olympics logo, the sun glasses feature stylized red and white frames with gray polarized lenses. One thousand copies are available and all proceeds go to Special Olympics Southern California. Purchase some today! The sunglasses ...

SOSC to Host an End of Summer Extravaganza with Several Virtual Events & Celebrations

Move for inclusion with Special Olympics Southern California during the End of Summer Extravaganza in August. SOSC is planning numerous events to celebrate the athletes and encourage everyone, along with volunteers and supporters, to get active. The Extravaganza will take place August 8-29 and will consist of several virtual events that are open to everyone, ...

Special Olympics Southern California Partners with Aspire to Drive Donations

The Aspire Sport Marketing Group and Special Olympics Southern California are pleased to announce a donation and customer service-based partnership. The Aspire Group will be responsible for driving gifts and building relationships with new and current donors through Aspire’s National Sales Center (NSC) in Atlanta, Georgia. “We are excited to begin this partnership with the ...

SOSC To Host a Weekend of Virtual Inclusion to Bring People Together During the Health Crisis

Special Olympics Southern California will host A Weekend of Virtual Inclusion on June 6 and 7 as an interactive, alternative experience to the canceled 2020 Summer Games Championship. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Spring Sports Season, including Summer Games, was canceled, but SOSC still seeks to unite all people and celebrate the passion ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes ‘Show You Their Heart, Spirit’

As Special Olympics Southern California athletes continue to work to remain in game shape and stay ready once competitions are cleared to resume, the medical professionals who volunteer in the Healthy Athletes village are eager to return when it's safe to do so, too. Among the free health screenings made available to athletes is FUNfitness—a ...

National Volunteer Week: Kaiser Permanente

Since April 2018, Kaiser Permanente Southern California has been the official health partner for Special Olympics Southern California.

SOSC Creates Virtual Season: Healthy Lifestyle Challenge for Athletes Amid COVID-19 Health Crisis

Special Olympics Southern California launched a Healthy Lifestyle Challenge in lieu of the canceled Spring Sports Season affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. The challenge, which launched April 6 and runs through June 7, will serve as a virtual season designed to help set healthy patterns and routines for all members of the SOSC community, ...

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