Category: LETR

Record 61 Team to Pull Saturday

LONG BEACH – The line-up for the Special Olympics Southern California 2018 Plane Pull© is set, and the record-setting 61 teams are set to pull the 124,000 FedEx cargo plane 12 feet in support of #SOSCAthletes this Saturday, Aug. 18. In its 13 years, the field for this year’s pull is the largest in its ...

2018 Plane Pull: Something for Everyone

LONG BEACH - The ultimate man-versus-machine fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC), the 2018 Plane Pull, is back for its 13th annual run at the Long Beach Airport on August 18. Registration for the annual event is now open, and in search of participants to pull a 124,000 pound FedEx airplane 12 feet. Teams ...

LAPD Captain Sees ‘Great Honor’ in USA Games Final Leg

Captain Al Labrada of the Los Angeles Police Department sees pride and joy when he watches the athletes of Special Olympics Southern California. There's a palpable competitive spirit among the athletes as they "challenge one another," but also an equal respect afterward. Labrada, the Patrol Commanding Officer for the Hollenbeck Area, is gearing up to ...

New Experiences, Thrills Highlight Day 1 of 2018 Summer Games

As Special Olympics celebrates 50 years, the organization is still creating new, exciting experiences for the athletes, families and fans. New thrills were a theme Saturday during Day 1 of the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. • Day One Photo Gallery Alton Davis watched as his 5-year-old daughter ...

Final Leg Gets Things Started

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The 49th annual Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Summer Games will take place June 9-10 on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The Opening Ceremony will begin on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. However, it will not start without the Flame of Hope, and its journey through roughly 900 ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Mike Zabarsky

By Sean Minnihan At any number of Special Olympics Southern California Area or Regional events, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see someone wearing one of our many hats, T-shirts, or sweatshirts you can purchase from the Rafer’s Boutique souvenir shop. But an SOSC T-shirt found 6,509 miles away in Auckland, New Zealand takes a little ...

INSIDE SOSC: What a Week It Was at SOSC

There was so much going on this first half of April within Special Olympics Southern California, we thought we would bring you up to speed.  The first half of the month ended on Saturday with five competitions throughout Southern California, including the Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley Regional Spring Games at Azusa Pacific University and Santa ...

Dive Into April

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Spring sports will dive, sprint, jump and fly into high gear this coming April and what a month we have in store for you. One of the busiest months of the calendar year, April will be a wild ride for sure. Here is what to watch for this month in Special ...

The Journeys of Adinan Schreck

By Sean Minnihan In Southern California, the month of March brings many different things to a variety of people. The days begin to get longer, the weather is a bit warmer, students and teachers look forward to spring break; but in the case of Special Olympics Southern California athlete Adinan Schreck and his father Eberhard, ...

Ready to Plunge

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Get ready to be freezin’ for a reason and show how brave you are while raising funds for Special Olympics. Participate in Special Olympics Southern California’s annual Big Bear Polar Plunge™ benefiting Inland Empire athletes on Saturday, March 3, at Veteran's Park on the shores of Big Bear Lake. LINKS: Registration | ...