Category: Mission

INSIDE SOSC: How SOSC Changed Jered Naccarato’s Life

By Marvin Poquiz Jered Naccarato remembers making nightly visits to the casino as a way to pass the time when we wasn’t sitting at home and watching TV. He knew he needed a change. After a move to live with his brother, Jered was ready for a more active, healthy lifestyle. “So, I got involved ...

INSIDE SOSC: Getting to Know Brandon Harrington

By Brianna Pereira Brandon Harrington, an athlete for more than 20 years with Special Olympics, does not let a setback derail his love of sports and competition. Brandon, who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, also had immense pain in his legs at 5 years old. It was later discovered that he had legg-calve-perthes, a childhood ...

INSIDE SOSC: Spring Gets Going

Editor’s note: This post has been updated as of April 3 amid growing concern of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Dream House Raffle The first early-bird deadline for the annual Dream House Raffle is March 13. In addition to the grand prize drawing, tickets purchased prior to the deadline will be entered for a chance to ...

2020 Floor Hockey Championship Recap

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Special Olympics Southern California's Floor Hockey Championship had inspiration from start to finish Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The event featured 15 teams and 240 athletes, with teams split into the Pacific, Central, Metropolitan and Atlantic divisions. Teams played games in the morning before being seeded based on record in the ...

2020 Floor Hockey Coach of the Season

Jaime Rutiaga was presented with the Special Olympics Southern California Floor Hockey Coach of the Season award Saturday during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2020 Floor Hockey Championship event at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield. A coach in the Santa Barbara County region for more than 13 years, Jaime puts his athletes first and ...

Special Olympics Lakewood Honored by City Council

Special Olympics athletes and organizers in Lakewood have made a tremendous impact, and the City of Lakewood took notice. In celebration of the city’s 65th anniversary, Special Olympics Lakewood was among the nonprofit programs honored as the City Council named “Lakewood Volunteer Civic Organizations in Service to the Community” its newest Legends of Lakewood. The ...

2020 Guardian Bowl: Fundraiser Postponed

Editor's note: This post has been updated as of March 12 amid growing concern of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Guardian Bowl, originally scheduled for March 14 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, has been postponed. We will provide an update on the new date for the event by April 3. Read the full, official ...

Looking Ahead: 2020 Big Bear Polar Plunge

By Christine Baik and Tracy McDannald It’s almost time to pull out those festive costumes and speedos—even if the forecast says otherwise. Special Olympics Southern California’s Big Bear Polar Plunge will take place Saturday, March 7 at Big Bear Lake to help raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. Fundraisers, known as Plungers, often get ...

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Returns to Capitol Hill, and More

Special Olympics athletes, organization leaders, Unified Sports partners and family members from across the country made the trip to Washington D.C. last week to participate in Special Olympics' annual "Capitol Hill Day." Special Olympics Southern California chairman Kelly Johnson and athlete/staff member Dustin Plunkett were among 260 delegates representing 46 states and the District of ...

INSIDE SOSC: Competition Breeds Friendly Rivalries

Special Olympics Southern California competitions throughout the year often lead to familiarity among the teams. Think about it: Year-round sports, often featuring the similar groups of athletes in each region, create a bond over time. A case can be made that it's no more apparent than in the winter floor hockey season. Nine teams featuring ...