Category: Inside SOSC

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes Shine Under Coliseum Lights

When Special Olympics Southern California first reached out to the Rams amid their move from St. Louis to Los Angeles, it was just an initial greeting. No plans were put in place, just a welcome back to the area. Now, a full year into a partnership, the Rams helped jumpstart the introduction to flag football ...

INSIDE SOSC: The Gift of SOSC

As we enter into December and the holiday season, Special Olympics Southern California is launching a month-long campaign that celebrates the “gift of SOSC.” Who better than those directly impacted by the mission – the athletes – to share how Special Olympics has made a positive change in their lives. We’ll be doing that through ...

INSIDE SOSC: Volunteers Enhance Fall Games Experience

The athletes are always the central focus of any Special Olympics Southern California competition. But the execution only gets accomplished with the help of ready-and-willing volunteers. More than 1,000 volunteers in various roles – from sports officials to law enforcement to medical teams, and everything in-between – donated their time at the 2017 Fall Games ...

INSIDE SOSC: Inspiration Abound at Fall Games on Day 1

Every year, Fall Games attracts more than 900 athletes throughout Special Olympics Southern California’s footprint. The common bond is most of, if not all, the athletes have overcome some sort of adversity via intellectual disability to compete and showcase their capabilities. The volunteers and fans in attendance certainly took notice Saturday for the first day ...

INSIDE SOSC: Getting Pumped For Fall Games

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (Nov. 9) -- The 2017 Fall Games, the culminating event for the Special Olympics Southern California fall season, is in two days at Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park. Opening Ceremony is set for 9 am on Saturday, Nov. 11 with more than 900 athletes poised to Reach for the Gold. ...

INSIDE SOSC: A World of Opportunities

Special Olympics Southern California represents many things to Western San Bernardino athlete Brett Laza. At just 25 years old, he’s already had a lifetime’s worth of experiences. Perhaps his greatest thrill, Brett was one of two athletes selected worldwide to bring the torch from Greece to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. ...

INSIDE SOSC: Fall Season Off and Running

The fall season is off to a strong start at Special Olympics Southern California. October signaled the beginning of several regional Fall Games competitions. San Diego County drew hundreds of people to Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center on Oct. 7, including officers and sheriffs from the San Diego Police Department and San Diego Sheriff’s Department. A ...

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Hits Home For Pier del Sol Chefs

Several chefs put their products secondary to the underlying theme of raising awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities at this past Sunday’s Pier del Sol fundraiser in Santa Monica. That’s because a handful have been directly impacted by family members directly involved with Special Olympics. Joseph Pitruzzelli, a chef at Wurstkuche, works alongside his brother, ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes Put the ‘FUN’ in FUNdamentals Camp

Forty-five Special Olympics Southern California athletes from Ventura and Santa Barbara County learned a handful of tips from a pro football player Thursday night at Ventura College. The athletes came prepared with some end zone celebration routines, too. Los Angeles Rams All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker led the athletes through six drill stations as part of ...

INSIDE SOSC: Motivating for Athletes, Inspiring for Fans

The most underrated part of Special Olympics competitions is Fans in the Stands. Athletes love the opportunity to compete in front of cheering and adoring fans, but it has tremendous impact on their parents. “There’s nothing better than people cheering for your kid,” says Karren McClenahan, mother of track athlete Kelly. While athletes and parents ...