Category: LETR

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 ...

INSIDE SOSC: August Events Heat Up

The first half of August has been loaded with bowling season competitions, thrilling fundraisers and even some street hoops action featuring Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Bowling Season Rolls Along Athletes gathered at Valencia Lanes in Newhall, where there was wall-to-wall competition, comradery, and fun on Aug. 10. The atmosphere in the bowling alley was ...

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 ...

INSIDE SOSC: 50 Years of Progress, and Counting

For much of the past handful of years, Special Olympics Southern California President/CEO Bill Shumard has left the staff a simple, gentle reminder. What got us here, won't take us there. In many ways, that type of approach can explain how an organization celebrating its 50-year anniversary has evolved and continued to make an impact ...

What They’re Saying at 2019 Summer Games – Day 1

The first of two days of Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games action is in the books. The event brings together an assortment of people from across Southern California. Here's what a few of them had to say on Day 1: “My favorite part is racing against people so I can challenge them." -John Rojo, ...

A Torch Running Pioneer

by Tessa Sechler Many say that people who are runners like it because they get to be alone. Others say that they find friendship in the groups they run with. While she may not have known it at the time, Special Olympics Southern California athlete Laura Cook helped spread the tradition of one the most ...

Officer Highlight: LETR Final Leg

By Jack Sarantos While the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games are a special time and event for the organization and its athletes, the lead up to the games rivals it in thrill and dedication. Every year leading up to the Summer Games, over 1,200 law enforcement officers across the Southern California work together to ...

INSIDE SOSC: Competition, Tip-A-Cops Start the Spring

This past week of events around Special Olympics Southern California included the 2019 Tri-Valley Glendale Regional Spring Games and Tip-A-Cop fundraisers at Claim Jumper restaurant locations. Young Athletes Provides a Foundation Jonathan Tiu sees his 10-year-old son, Luca, and wonders what life may look like without Special Olympics. Maybe it includes weekends sitting around the ...