Category: Mission

A Chance to Refill Your Tank

For Santa Maria Police Department Detective Nate Totorica, getting to spend time with Special Olympics Southern California athletes is a way to “refill his tank.” The liaison for Northern Santa Barbara County Law Enforcement Torch Run says the athletes give back to him just as much, if not more, than he gives them. “It is ...

Volleyball Strengthens Twins’ Bond

Ryan and Taylor Schubert are more than just brother and sister. The Schuberts, who are also twins, share a player-coach relationship for the Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley volleyball team. The bond through volleyball started when they were about 12 years old. At first, Ryan was more involved with basketball and swimming. Growing up, Taylor’s ...

INSIDE SOSC: Fall Season Off and Running

The fall season is off to a strong start at Special Olympics Southern California. October signaled the beginning of several regional Fall Games competitions. San Diego County drew hundreds of people to Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center on Oct. 7, including officers and sheriffs from the San Diego Police Department and San Diego Sheriff’s Department. A ...

Red Robin Tip-A-Cop: A Chance to ‘Engage With Athletes’

Bernie Colon has been a police officer for nearly 28 years and has enjoyed several experiences throughout his career. But it’s his involvement with Special Olympics that has been “by far one of the most rewarding,” and he makes it a point to get new officers involved. Colon, currently the captain of the San Diego ...

Can’t Get Enough

Ask Special Olympics Southern California athlete Monica Lopez what her favorite sport is, and she will say volleyball. Ask her about the best part of Special Olympics; she will answer bowling. Ask her what else she likes to do; she will answer swimming for Special Olympics Ventura County. From there, it is clear she loves ...

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Hits Home For Pier del Sol Chefs

Several chefs put their products secondary to the underlying theme of raising awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities at this past Sunday’s Pier del Sol fundraiser in Santa Monica. That’s because a handful have been directly impacted by family members directly involved with Special Olympics. Joseph Pitruzzelli, a chef at Wurstkuche, works alongside his brother, ...

Celebrating #NationalPancakeDay

Sept. 26 marks National Pancake Day. For anyone who has worked Special Olympics Southern California’s Summer Games, the pancake means one thing – the volunteer breakfast. Rich Hardy has been behind the griddle for the last 15 years, serving up several thousands of flapjacks to volunteers. Hardy has provided his services through the Kiwanis Club. “We’ve ...

#SundaySpotlight: United in Passion

LONG BEACH – When you dine at a Chef Gino Angelini restaurant, you can see and taste the amount of passion and pride he puts into his food and its presentation. It is who he is. Why shouldn’t it be, since he has devoted his life to it since he was 14? With that passion ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes Put the ‘FUN’ in FUNdamentals Camp

Forty-five Special Olympics Southern California athletes from Ventura and Santa Barbara County learned a handful of tips from a pro football player Thursday night at Ventura College. The athletes came prepared with some end zone celebration routines, too. Los Angeles Rams All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker led the athletes through six drill stations as part of ...

INSIDE SOSC: Motivating for Athletes, Inspiring for Fans

The most underrated part of Special Olympics competitions is Fans in the Stands. Athletes love the opportunity to compete in front of cheering and adoring fans, but it has tremendous impact on their parents. “There’s nothing better than people cheering for your kid,” says Karren McClenahan, mother of track athlete Kelly. While athletes and parents ...