Category: Mission

INSIDE SOSC: Beth Selbe Lends More Than a Hand in San Diego Area

Beth Selbe does more than just coach Special Olympics Southern California athletes in the San Diego area. She’s also helping mold the next wave of athlete advocates. Beth is the mother to 26-year-old Thomas Selbe, a floor hockey and basketball player. Nearly a decade of Special Olympics memories in Thomas' time includes the floor hockey ...

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Special Olympics California Awarded State Funding As Part of the 2019-2020 State of California Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 16, 2019) – California Governor Gavin Newsom and lawmakers recently finalized the state budget for 2019-2020 and confirmed an unprecedented amount in funding to support Special Olympics California. “I am incredibly excited and so thankful that our efforts were successful. This money is so crucial in supporting nearly 70,000 Special Olympics athletes in ...

INSIDE NEWS: L.A. Times on Rafer Johnson; Trabuco Hills HS Honored

Editor's note: Welcome to the first installment of Inside News, which will highlight stories of Special Olympics Southern California athletes and programs generated by media outlets and other outside sources. By now, you might be aware of the LA84 Foundation Library's exhibit of SOSC founder Rafer Johnson. Earlier this year, Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke spent ...

INSIDE SOSC: Looking Back on the First Half of 2019

Six months sure did fly by, didn’t it? Special Olympics Southern California, its athletes and supporters have celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary in grand fashion, to this point. Here’s a look back at some of the key moments and stories from the first half of the year: 2019 Floor Hockey Championship The first championship event ...

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 ...

Special Olympics Southern California Chosen as Nonprofit of the Year

LONG BEACH,Calif. (June 24, 2019) - Special Olympics Southern California is proud to announce Senator Ling Ling Chang has selected it as a 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year. Bill Shumard, CEO of Special Olympics Southern California traveled to Sacramento to join 100 other nonprofit leaders to be honored by their state senators and assembly ...

2019 Summer Games: The Results Are In!

By the time Day 2 of the 2019 Summer Games started to wind down Sunday at Cal State Long Beach, a sweet, familiar sound could be heard by anyone within an earshot of many of the 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes in attendance. Clang... clang... clang... with each step taken. Several competitors, particularly in individual ...

Athletes Close Out 2019 Summer Games

Fifty years of progress can be difficult to sum up succinctly. The athletes of Special Olympics Southern California instead showed what that progress looks like over the weekend at Cal State Long Beach. The organization, which is celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2019, wrapped up the annual two-day Summer Games competition on Sunday. More than 1,100 ...

What They’re Saying at 2019 Summer Games – Day 2

Special Olympics Southern California's athletes, coaches and volunteers brought the same enthusiasm to Day 2 of the 50th annual Summer Games on Sunday at Cal State Long Beach. Medals were won, high-fives were exchanged and lifelong memories were created. Here's what a few of the attendees had to say: "It's like a family to me. ...

Stars Come Out for Day 1 of 2019 Summer Games

More than 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes came prepared to put their best effort forward in five sports Saturday at the annual Summer Games competition at Cal State Long Beach. Summer Games, a two-day event, features competitions in athletics (track and field), basketball, bocce, flag football and swimming. This is the first year flag ...