Category: Mission

#SundaySpotlight: Tyler Cribbs

Tyler Cribbs is more than just an athlete, and one day he hopes to parlay his love for sports into a broadcast career. Tyler, a radio and television major at Long Beach City College, has dreams of being a sports broadcaster or radio DJ. He currently works on two radio shows at the school. “I’ve ...

#50Friday: Robert Waters

By Hannah van Warmerdam As Special Olympics celebrates its 50-year anniversary, longtime athlete Robert Waters may be closing in on his final competition. After hearing about Special Olympics from a friend more than 30 years ago, athlete Robert Waters found his love for competition. Whether it is competing in soccer, bocce ball, or track and ...

USA Games Spotlight: Jennifer Eckles

Team sports often provide a close knit community and friendships that last far beyond a single game or competition. For Jennifer Eckles, the Pomona Valley women's basketball team delivers on all fronts. Jennifer credits her friend, Nihan Uslu, for introducing her to Special Olympics Southern California. Together, the two are part of the eight-woman team ...

INSIDE SOSC: Recapping OC Spring Games

Nearly 900 athletes made the trip to Irvine High School and William Woollett Aquatics Center to compete in basketball, bocce, swimming, and track and field Saturday at the Orange County Regional Spring Games. PHOTOS: 2018 OC Regional Spring Games In addition, nearly 300 volunteers helped make the event a memorable experience. For one volunteer, though, ...

#SundaySpotlight: Jennifer Ali

By Ashley Carney A mother is not only a caretaker and a supporter, but a friend and a helping hand. She’s a superhero, and someone you can always count on. Special Olympics athlete and recent mother, Jennifer Ali, is a perfect example of how these characteristics are seen in mothers every day. Jennifer’s life changed ...

USA Games Spotlight: Matthew Lawrence

By Sean Minnihan Matthew Lawrence will be the first to admit the influence that Special Olympics has had on him in recent years. Matt, in an interview about his upcoming trip to Seattle with the Lakewood Dirtbags softball team, acknowledged how Special Olympics has transformed his life. His time with the organization helped him control ...

INSIDE SOSC: Surrounded in Support

This week's installment of INSIDE SOSC takes you to the Regional Spring Games competitions in San Luis Obispo and Murrieta, respectively. An amazing Opening Ceremony set the tone at the San Luis Obispo Regional Spring Games, and an independent, strong swimmer was among the highlights at the Inland Empire Regional Spring Games. PHOTOS: 2018 San ...

#SundaySpotlight: Kyle Aragon

By Ashley Carney Nothing excites an athlete quite like the day they get a new set of gear. For Kyle Aragon, a golfer from San Fernando Valley, that day came unexpectedly when PGA professional golfer Luke List set him up with a fitting for a free, new set of golf clubs. Before this, Kyle was ...

USA Games Spotlight: Dawn Albritton

By Sean Minnihan Dawn Albritton is a gold medal-winning athlete and one of 10 swimmers headed to Seattle this July for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Freestyle swimming may be her favorite event, but Dawn’s life and interests vary from horseback riding, to anime, to being on the news and speaking about Special Olympics. ...

USA Games Spotlight: Everardo Velador

Everardo Velador has interests that extend beyond the soccer field. In fact, you would have to go as far back as ancient Greece. When asked what time period he would like to visit, the 17-year-old perked up and mentioned his love for studying the likes of Plato and Alexander the Great. “328 B.C.,” Everardo said, ...