Category: Healthy Athletes

Inside SOSC: How SOSC Athlete Brett Laza is Staying Active During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

By Isis Roberts Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Special Olympics Southern California athlete Brett Laza is still finding ways to compete and stay in touch with his SOSC family. Brett is currently participating in the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, a virtual season created by SOSC that encourages athletes to stay fit and eat ...

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, ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes, Volunteers Stay Fit, Eat Smart With Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

Healthy Lifestyle Challenge helps athletes and volunteers stay fit, eat smart, and have fun while they are safer at home.

2020 Floor Hockey Championship Recap

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Special Olympics Southern California's Floor Hockey Championship had inspiration from start to finish Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The event featured 15 teams and 240 athletes, with teams split into the Pacific, Central, Metropolitan and Atlantic divisions. Teams played games in the morning before being seeded based on record in the ...

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 ...

National Volunteer Week: Janet Portilla

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INSIDE SOSC: Healthy Dose of Care

Individuals with intellectual disabilities are an underserved community in many respects, and healthcare is among the most important areas. On average, people with ID die 16 years sooner than the general population due to denial of health services or undetected health issues. In the last two decades, Special Olympics has made significant strides to change ...

INSIDE SOSC: ‘More Than Sports’

Daree Jordan sees her son, Justus, as one of the many athletes who have gone through a transformative experience with Special Olympics Southern California. Among the biggest differences are in the confidence the 24-year-old carries and the camaraderie he shares with his fellow Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County athletes. "He just looks forward to ...

USA Games Spotlight: Heidi Sand

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Heidi Sand has the fortune of not only competing in her second Special Olympics USA Games, but her role model is right there by her side the entire time. Heidi, who also went to the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey, is being coached at these Games by her mother, Jacque Martin. ...