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CA Governor’s 2022-2023 Proposed Budget with Special Olympics Funding

Special Olympics Southern California is excited to share that Governor Newsom announced his proposed 2022-2023 budget, and he has included Special Olympics California. “An increase of $30 million one-time non-Proposition 98 General Fund, available over three-years, to support the Special Olympics in Northern and Southern California”. Not only does this increase  annual funding contributions from ...

Celebrating Athletes

SOSC Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

We have some exciting news to announce regarding the Special Olympics Southern California Board of Directors. Since 2020, we have added nineteen accomplished and committed individuals to our esteemed Board. In 2020, we welcomed stellar newcomers Jennifer Pettit, Dr. Katherine Revoredo, Alan Martin, Bill Fields, and Krystal Johnson. 2021 saw an impressive class of fourteen ...

Phase 2 Start Date Postponed: Return to Activity & Coronavirus

In mid-December, we announced that we would move to Phase 2 of the Return to Activity Plan on Tuesday, January 18 and would remain flexible to any new developments.  This was prior to having information about the impact of the COVID-19 variant Omicron.  As you may know, COVID-19 infection rates are high and health and safety protocols ...

Unified Champions School - Robinson Elementary

Mission Viejo High School and Robinson Elementary School to receive national recognition from Special Olympics for achievements with inclusion

Special Olympics Southern California has announced that Mission Viejo High School and Robinson Elementary School, two Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools, are receiving national banner recognition for their efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. Mission Viejo High School and Robinson Elementary School, both from Saddleback Valley Unified School ...

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’.


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.

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