Category: Inside SOSC

INSIDE SOSC: A Day With L.A. Galaxy Unified

Judging by all the smiles on the faces of the Los Angeles Galaxy Unified soccer team, Sunday afternoon’s experience at the StubHub Center in Carson was nothing short of a thrill. Maybe it was the chance to watch their Major League Soccer counterparts square off against the San Jose Earthquakes prior to their own match. ...

INSIDE SOSC: Perks Reach Beyond Playing Field

For Long Beach athletes Arlan Hood and Joshua Woodall, there are multiple benefits to being part of Special Olympics Southern California. The most obvious perk is competition. Joshua, 24, has been an athlete for the past seven years. The pure joy of sports and sense of belonging are all he wants. This fall, he will ...

INSIDE SOSC: Recapping Plane Pull 2017

Michael Sameles of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department picked a good year to participate in his first Plane Pull on Saturday. The law enforcement agency posted the top overall time, pulling a 124,000-pound FedEx plane 12 feet in just 5.1 seconds at Long Beach Airport. In all, 54 teams participated in the 12th annual event ...

INSIDE SOSC: Nike 3-on-3 Spawns World Games Flashback

Joe Hreish was back in the city that re-ignited his passion for Special Olympics, and he couldn’t help but smile about it. The Orange County athlete was among nearly 50 Special Olympics Southern California athletes competing in the Nike 3-on-3 basketball tournament in downtown Los Angeles. It was two years ago, during the 2015 Special ...

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Grabs ESPN Spotlight

Dustin Plunkett is no stranger to the ESPN cameras – but on Wednesday he was among those celebrated as Special Olympics took center stage at the 25th annual ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Plunkett, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and headquarters staff member, was among 25 Special Olympics athletes from around the country who ...

INSIDE SOSC: Coaches in the #SundaySpotlight

Special Olympics Southern California coaches, regardless of sport, often come away with similar thoughts when they reflect upon their experience and interactions with the athletes. To paraphrase: You get back what you put in – and more. Lauren Clarke, who helped lead a USC group of coaches in the Los Angeles area, noted the affection ...

INSIDE SOSC: Big Crowds Mean Bigger Confidence Boosts

Several athletes at Special Olympics Southern California can pinpoint a variety of aspects they enjoy most about competing. A solid number of responses will tie back to the atmosphere and encouragement they receive from a supportive group of engaged spectators. Many will tell you that the roar of a crowd can result in a significant ...

INSIDE SOSC: Fun, Inspiration Beyond the Games

Breakfast With Champions Steve Alford, the UCLA men’s basketball coach and keynote speaker of the event, recounted a story about how he didn’t have the 1984 Summer Olympic Games on his radar when he was a 19-year-old growing up in Indiana. Little did he know that it would be the start of something much greater, ...

INSIDE SOSC: News and Notes From Summer Games – Day 1

Whew! Talk about a jam-packed day to kick off the 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games! Athletes, coaches, volunteers and a drove of Fans in the Stands rocked the Cal State Long Beach campus on Saturday. Here are some news, notes and quotes from the Games: The energy at Summer Games was infectious ...

INSIDE SOSC: How Summer Games Comes Together

Special Olympics Southern California’s 48th annual Summer Games will bring together more than 1,100 athletes across 27 delegation that span nine regions this weekend. If you’ve had the event circled on your calendar and been following along with any updates, you’re probably aware of those numbers. But what does it take to put together an ...