Category: Mission

Tri-Valley Athlete Recognized for Outstanding Outreach

Michael Leon, a Special Olympics Tri-Valley athlete and Global Messenger, was presented with the Richard L. Van Kirk Outstanding Outreach Achievement Award on Thursday for his work in advancing the Special Olympics movement. Michael, a Global Messenger since 2015, speaks to a number community groups, churches and schools about living with autism and type-1 diabetes. ...

Warren HS Named as ‘ESPN Top-5’ UCS

LONG BEACH - What started as a social club a decade ago at Warren High School is now a nationally recognized program. Warren High School, part of the Downey Unified School District, was one of 30 Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools selected Aug. 30 as part of the first class of ESPN Honor Roll schools. ...

San Diego Athletes Find Friendship Through Special Olympics

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - Kian Barzi and Troy Horton share a friendship that their bowling coach describes as "the yin and the yang." The San Diego athletes met through Special Olympics as soccer teammates three years ago. Kian, 13, is a bit more reserved while Troy, 17, will introduce himself to just about anyone, and ...

INSIDE SOSC: 2018 Plane Pull

It was a record-setting Saturday afternoon at the 13th annual Special Olympics Southern California Plane Pull© at Long Beach Airport. The event attracted 5,000 people, including a record 61 registered teams. Each team, comprised of 25 individuals, competed to see who could pull a 124,000-pound FedEx cargo plane 12 feet the fastest. The Los Angeles ...

INSIDE SOSC: What’s in a Name?

Special Olympics Southern California athletes are not afraid to show off their personality. Whether it's their dance moves or big smiles at the sight of a camera, the athletes make it known when they're having a good time. That personality, and a sense of humor, were on display last Saturday through some of the team ...

INSIDE SOSC: Growing Family

Special Olympics Southern California family has been growing, and quickly. From the more than 34,500 athletes to the families that take them to every practice and competition, Special Olympics is one big family. It's size continues to grow as evidence by the past four days during these very hot summer days. From the Orange County ...

#SundaySpotlight: Reese Kaul

Chris Kaul remembers watching his son, Reese, compete with Special Olympics Southern California for the very first time. He wasn't quite sure what to expect, how his son would react in a competition environment. Tears flowed, and a decade later it still makes him emotional. "We cried," Chris said. "We cried because it was something ...

INSIDE SOSC: A Day at the Lanes

More than 200 bowlers made their way to Buena Lanes for the 2018 Ventura County Regional bowling competition this past Saturday. The morning team competition consisted of 17 teams of four bowlers split into six divisions. The afternoon's individual competition featured athletes from a number of surrounding Special Olympics Southern California regions, including Kern County, ...

Unified Champion Schools: Fostering Youth Leaders

LONG BEACH - Through Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools, Special Olympics Southern California creates partnerships with schools and districts to help foster positive school climates for individuals with intellectual disabilities. During the 2017-18 school year, partnerships included 22 elementary schools, 20 middle schools, 50 high schools, three school districts and three universities. The goal of Unified Champion Schools is to promote the acceptance and ...

#SundaySpotlight: Top Moments From USA Games

A week like the one Special Olympics Southern California athletes, Unified partners, coaches and staff experienced at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle creates a lifetime of memories. In fact, it's difficult to narrow down the defining moments in a simple list but let's give it a shot. The Action and Intensity Special Olympics is ...