Category: Mission

RTA Phase 2

Return to Activity Update Due to Coronavirus: 12/2/21

We are pleased to announce that we are moving to Phase 2 of SOSC’s Sports & Programs Return to Activity Plan starting January 18, 2022.  Sports staff will work with teams on specific start dates based on facility availability and athlete/volunteer clearances to participate. A separate announcement about Return to Activity for fundraising is forthcoming. What does this mean? Athletes and ...

CIF Continues Partnership with Special Olympics to Provide Inclusive Sports Opportunities at Local High Schools

SACRAMENTO — In 2015, The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), Special Olympics Northern and Southern California and the California Department of Education (CDE) announced their partnership to establish an inclusive culture that promotes participation opportunities for student-athletes with disabilities. This partnership enabled CIF member schools to implement unified sports programming on their respective campuses. Today, the ...

Lindsay Kautiainen

Lindsay Kautiainen: SOSC’s Ray of Sunshine 

By Tierra Wilson Lindsay, like many other Special Olympics Athletes, enjoyed playing sports as a child but was not sure how she could play in a safe space. 23 years later Lindsay has taken everything Special Olympics Southern California has to offer and made lifelong friends and connections. Although Lindsay loves basketball (fun fact: her ...

Jacob Marselek

Jacob Marsalek is Breaking Barriers and Setting His Own Path to Happiness

By Melanie Barrios Through sports, Special Olympics athletes build skills that will help them succeed—on the sports field and in the community. Just take a look at Jacob Marsalek.   Jacob is one impressive individual. At an age where most children are coming into their own, Jacob was already playing softball, bocce, volleyball, and golf and ...

Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Rachel Osterbach Defies Odds And Inspires The World

Rachel Osterbach's impact goes beyond athletics. She uses her platform to inspire and educate others, dispelling myths about people with Down Syndrome and working to eradicate the use of the ‘R-Word’.

Jorel

Down Syndrome Awareness Month: SOSC Parent Details Son’s Journey To Special Olympics

Eight-year-old young athlete, Jorel's willingness to try and strong will to succeed are characteristics of a true champion. His mother, Maritza Alvarado shares how Special Olympics has impacted his life.

Michael Evans

Michael & Russ Evans on the Rewards of Sports & Employment

By Emily Moore Born in Petaluma California, Michael got involved with Special Olympics Southern California at the age of 5 when he was carried by a postal worker in what was then called the Post Office Torch Run (now the Law Enforcement Torch Run).   Michael Evans is a 36-year-old Special Olympics Southern California athlete who ...

Return to Activity Update Due to Coronavirus: 9/14/21

The health and safety of athletes, volunteers, and employees continues to be our number one priority.  We continually track information from trusted health resources about the presence and impact of COVID-19 on communities in Southern California.  Following is an update to our Return to Activity plan which takes into account that information:   Based on ...

Christina Principe

The Athlete & Coach Bond

by Christian Bood In the pool of life, everyone deserves a support system to keep them afloat. Someone to guide us through the water when situations get tough or simply cheer us on when we are splashing past the competition. Special Olympics Athlete Christina Principe and Coach Leslie Runnelstover have a unique bond that began ...

The Blankenburg Family Embodies the Special Olympics Spirit

By Melanie Barrios If you're from San Luis Obispo County or have been involved with Special Olympics, chances are you have heard about the Blankenburg family and their extraordinary journey. Dick and Maxine Blankenburg started Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County in 1969, and their son Rick is one of the very first athletes to ...

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