Category: Events

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 ...

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 ...

INSIDE SOSC: Previewing the Spring

April is typically one of the action-packed months in the Special Olympics Southern California calendar, as the spring season gets underway this weekend. The slate of competitions will only get more fierce this year, with flag football officially joining the rotation after spending 2018 as a demonstration sport in Southern California. In addition, a number ...

2019 World Games: In Closing

As the 215 Special Olympics USA athletes enjoy Thursday's Closing Ceremony at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi and prepare to return home, let's take a look back at how the six Special Olympics Southern California athletes performed. As a delegation, Special Olympics USA amassed 71 gold, 60 silver and 72 bronze ...

2019 World Games: March 20 Round-up

The remaining Special Olympics Southern California athletes closed out the 2019 World Games strong — and one runner, in particular, received a much welcomed surprise on Wednesday. Three days ago, Tyrone Garrett was given a "maximum effort" disqualification in the 200-meter race. Upon further review, officials reversed the decision and Garrett was awarded the gold ...

2019 World Games: March 20 Preview

Today marks the last day of competition at the World Games in Abu Dhabi, can you believe it? We will see the final round of individual 9-hole stroke play from golfer Faith Demos, as well as two track races for Sarah Kovacs and one from Tyrone Garrett. We will also be seeing awards ceremonies finish ...

2019 World Games: March 19 Round-up

Special Olympics Southern California athletes continued to rake in the awards for Special Olympics USA at the 2019 World Games on Tuesday. Jonathan Pierce capped his World Games journey with a bronze medal in the men's 100-meter freestyle swim, clocking in at 59.96 seconds. That gave him three medals for the Games, including a pair ...

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: Opening Ceremony and Looking Ahead

More than 7,500 athletes from 190 countries, including 215 athletes representing Special Olympics USA, marched into Zayed Sports City Stadium on Thursday for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is highlighting a year of tolerance, and that was clear from this year’s Opening Ceremony. Words like ...