Category: Mission

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: UCLA’s ‘Most Prestigious’ Living Legend

By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson’s gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics put him in a different stratosphere at home in the U.S. and abroad. He drew interest from the Los Angeles Rams, who drafted him in the 28th round in 1959, despite not playing a single down of college football. Hollywood ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: An Olympic Decathlon for the Ages

WeAreSOSC.org previously highlighted Rafer Johnson’s journey to get to the 1960 Rome Olympics and his place in history as the U.S. flagbearer during the Opening Ceremonies. Now, we take you through his gold-medal performance in the decathlon and the bond he shared with fellow competitor C.K. Yang. By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson would be the ...

Join Joseph’s Journey: Being an Athlete in the Time of COVID-19

Editor's note: "Join Joseph's Journey" is a blog written by Joseph Gorin, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and member of SOSC's Board of Directors. Joseph, who has cerebral palsy, started training and competing with Special Olympics in 2003. Back then, he was a quiet kid who would barely look people in the eyes. Now, ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: History at the 1960 Opening Ceremonies

WeAreSOSC.org is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Rafer Johnson's gold medal decathlon performance. Yesterday, we took a look at his journey to get to the Games. Today, we celebrate the anniversary of his place in history at the Opening Ceremonies. By Tracy McDannald The 1960 Rome Olympics featured a slew of breakout American stars whose ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: The Build to the 1960 Rome Olympics

For the next few weeks, WeAreSOSC.org will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Special Olympics Southern California founder Rafer Johnson’s gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics, the historical significance surrounding the event and his legacy in the immediate aftermath. Part of that legacy resulted in his selection as the final torchbearer ...

Update Regarding SOSC’s Plans for the 2020 Fall & 2020-2021 Winter Sports Season Due to the Coronavirus

In an effort to keep athlete and volunteer safety at the forefront as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer any official in-person activities or gatherings through March 2021. This includes: All Fall 2020 Sports Season training and competitions for Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball. All Winter 2020-2021 ...

INSIDE SOSC: Looking Back at the ’84 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Rafer Johnson's children, friends and media members look back at the 1984 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Fall Season Update Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Based on our on-going consideration of current information, SOSC has made the decision to cancel all Fall competitions including all local, Regional, and Chapter competitions. We will continue with Healthy Lifestyle Challenge in the Fall to engage the entire SOSC community in not only staying active , but to help keep our community of athletes, ...

INSIDE SOSC: Joyce Wittal Keeps Team Active Through Pandemic

By Zane Landin Special Olympics coaches not only teach athletes how to play their respective sports and improve, but they play an active role in the athletes’ lives. Some coaches go above and beyond in their roles, exemplifying servitude and passion. Joyce Wittal is one example of an extraordinary coach who has demonstrated admirable qualities ...

Join Joseph’s Journey: All About Shape

Editor's note: "Join Joseph's Journey" is a blog written by Joseph Gorin, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and member of SOSC's Board of Directors. Joseph, who has cerebral palsy, started training and competing with Special Olympics in 2003. Back then, he was a quiet kid who would barely look people in the eyes. Now, ...