Category: Mission

2019 World Games: March 20 Round-up

The remaining Special Olympics Southern California athletes closed out the 2019 World Games strong — and one runner, in particular, received a much welcomed surprise on Wednesday. Three days ago, Tyrone Garrett was given a "maximum effort" disqualification in the 200-meter race. Upon further review, officials reversed the decision and Garrett was awarded the gold ...

World Games Spotlight: Sarah Kovacs

Sarah Kovacs has a busy day ahead of her as the 2019 Special Olympics World Games competitions come to a close Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates. The Special Olympics Southern California runner will compete in a pair of races, the 800 meters and a 4x100-meter relay, as she looks for her first medal of ...

2019 World Games: March 20 Preview

Today marks the last day of competition at the World Games in Abu Dhabi, can you believe it? We will see the final round of individual 9-hole stroke play from golfer Faith Demos, as well as two track races for Sarah Kovacs and one from Tyrone Garrett. We will also be seeing awards ceremonies finish ...

2019 World Games: March 19 Preview

Our Special Olympics Southern California athletes have brought some new medals with them into this second week of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games. Two gold medals in the pool from Jonathan Pierce, as well as a bronze from Mark Hanson and Krystal Johnson on the tennis court, to be specific. Read more about it ...

Bill Fields: What World Games Means to Me

By Tessa Sechler Consistency. Dedication. Growth. Those are just a few words to describe Bill Fields career with Special Olympics, which he has been involved with for nearly 50 years. Fields first started with Special Olympics New Jersey in 1972, and 14 years later he joined Special Olympics California, before the division of Northern and ...

2019 World Games: March 16-18 Round-up

A pair of gold medals and a bronze highlighted Special Olympics Southern California's contribution to the U.S. team over the weekend as the 2019 Special Olympics World Games continues on in Abu Dhabi. March 16 Jonathan Pierce was the first of the six SOSC athletes to compete, and he added a gold medal to Special ...

World Games Spotlight: Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson remembers growing up, watching the Olympic Summer and Winter Games on television, and even attending the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City with his family. Never did the Calabasas resident think he would be on a big stage someday himself. Mark, a tennis player, is one of six Southern California athletes representing Special ...

2019 World Games: Opening Ceremony and Looking Ahead

More than 7,500 athletes from 190 countries, including 215 athletes representing Special Olympics USA, marched into Zayed Sports City Stadium on Thursday for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is highlighting a year of tolerance, and that was clear from this year’s Opening Ceremony. Words like ...

World Games Spotlight: Jonathan Pierce

By Julie Devine Special Olympics Southern California swimmer Jonathan Pierce is already making history and his Special Olympics World Games journey has only just begun. With Special Olympics as his current focus, Jonny is committed to the training and hard work required of being an athlete. From the dedication he has allotted to swimming, he ...

2019 World Games: How to Watch, and More

And they’re off! Six Special Olympics Southern California athletes have begun their trip to Abu Dhabi to represent Special Olympics USA at the 2019 World Games. The Games Opening Ceremony will take place March 14 in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates at 11 a.m. ET. With this being the first ...