Category: Events

LB Airport Pulls Double Duty for SOSC

By Emma Lee Special Olympics Southern California will host one of its biggest events this Saturday – and there will be double the fun at Long Beach Airport. The 14th annual Plane Pull will not be alone because the We Run the City 5K and 10K will happen that morning. UCLA and USC supporters will ...

Plane Pull Spotlight: Couples that Plane Pull Together, Stay Together

Alvin Durham and his wife Kristina Durham both work in the police force. Alvin is a Los Angeles police officer, holds the position of honor guard, and is a firearms instructor. Kristina is a LA County Deputy in the sheriff’s department. Their involvement with the Plane Pull and Special Olympics Southern California began at the ...

Plane Pull Spotlight – Grace True

Grace True first experienced working alongside individuals with intellectual disabilities during her rookie year life guarding in 2005. While at Bible College, she continued to learn more about working with children who are autistic. “I find pride and happiness when coaching children how to swim,” said Grace. “It gives me so much satisfaction to see ...

1 Day, 2 Fun and Inspiring Events

Saturday, August 17 is sure to be an action-packed and meaningful day, and you won’t want to miss it. At the Long Beach Airport, Special Olympics Southern California will host two incredible fundraisers that are estimated to raise a total of $450,000. Join us as we compete for bragging rights and pull a plane. The ...

Bowling Championships Set Up for an Exciting Weekend

As Special Olympics Southern California concludes its 50th anniversary celebrations, the 2019 Bowling Championships will celebrate its second annual championship competition. The event will take place on Aug. 24 at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif. More than 400 SOSC athletes will compete at the stand-alone bowling championships. Traditionally held during the Fall Games, Bowling ...

Special Olympics Southern California Chosen as Nonprofit of the Year

LONG BEACH,Calif. (June 24, 2019) - Special Olympics Southern California is proud to announce Senator Ling Ling Chang has selected it as a 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year. Bill Shumard, CEO of Special Olympics Southern California traveled to Sacramento to join 100 other nonprofit leaders to be honored by their state senators and assembly ...

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 ...