Category: Mission

Making a Splash

By Sean Minnihan Nicolette Jones enjoys swimming in the blue waters of the pool in her backyard, but make no mistake that she has her sights set on gold for the next five months. A competitor in the 50-meter freestyle and 25-meter backstroke and breaststroke event, Nicolette has been preparing for this moment almost her ...

INSIDE SOSC: Hooping at NBA All-Star Weekend

There were about 80 Special Olympics Southern California athletes in attendance at Saturday morning’s NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Clinic, but for one moment all eyes were on 9-year-old Bobby Grunsted. A murmur grew louder, thanks in part to former player and NBA Cares ambassador Felipe Lopez. “Bob-by! Bob-by! Bob-by!” his fellow athletes and NBA ...

INSIDE SOSC: OC Floor Hockey Debuts, and More

A week after half of Special Olympics Southern California's teams opened the floor hockey season, teams split and competed in a pair of competitions almost 200 miles apart in the first full weekend on Saturday. LINKS: OC Competition Photo Gallery | NSB Competition Photo Gallery In Orange County, 109 athletes from eight teams that represented ...

#SundaySpotlight: Kent Menendez

By Christian Barel Trying something new can be a path to a lifelong passion. For Kent Menendez, this statement holds true. Not afraid to immerse himself in new experiences, he attempted playing almost every sport. However, with those sports something didn’t seem to mesh with him. Well, at least that was the case, until he ...

INSIDE SOSC: Floor Hockey Season Underway

Approximately 130 athletes around Southern California were ready for the intense, physical open to the floor hockey season Saturday at Escondido Sports Complex. Athletes from the Inland Empire, Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley, Orange County, Santa Clarita and San Diego regions battled on a pair of courts. Among the gold medal recipients in separate ...

#SundaySpotlight: James Morrell

James Morrell has gained a spike in self-esteem since joining Special Olympics Southern California two years ago. The medals he’s amassed have helped serve as conversation starters. But James’ new favorite topic is his selection to compete this summer at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. “He has something exciting to talk to ...

#SundaySpotlight: Fall Coach Honorees

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- At the conclusion of the fall sports season, Special Olympics Southern California honored the Coaches of the Season for Fall 2017. Earning the honor were Kayla Edwards (softball, Santa Barbara), Eileen Malumaleumu (bowling, Carson), Jacque Martin (tennis, Oceanside), Carly Matera (volleyball, San Luis Obispo) and Adam Sutphin (soccer, Glendale). Special Olympics ...

Bocce Athlete, Mother Preps for Return at 2018 USA Games

By Christian Barel Special Olympics Southern California aims to create unity through sports, and that is what the organization has done for Jennifer Ali. Through Special Olympics she has gotten more involved by competing, and built long-lasting friendships while at it. After a horrific car accident in 2003, Jennifer was welcomed by the Special Olympics ...

INSIDE SOSC: What to Expect in 2018

A new year brings new experiences, and 2018 will have a few in store for Special Olympics Southern California’s athletes and supporters. So here are a few events to put on your calendar: Celebrating a half-century! Special Olympics turns 50 this year! Stay tuned to this site and our social media channels as we celebrate ...

Andrew Kramer: Beyond Sports

Andrew Kramer does not let an intellectual disability define him or limit his capabilities. When he’s not playing tennis for Special Olympics Tri-Valley, Andrew works at a tax office in Santa Monica. Andrew’s accomplishments include being part of the first graduating class of UCLA Extension’s two-year certificate program for individuals with disabilities in 2009. He ...