Category: Mission

INSIDE SOSC: Fall Season, Fundraisers Get Underway

Special Olympics athletes across Southern California are preparing to close out the 2019 competition calendar. The fall season consists of five sports: golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Among the competitions on the event calendar, the North (Oct. 26) and Central (Oct. 19) divisions will host respective Divisional Fall Games competitions. The season will culminate ...

Global Messenger Touted for Outreach

By Emma Lee Long Beach/Whittier athlete Jared Kozak was presented with the Richard L. Van Kirk Outstanding Outreach Achievement Award at Special Olympics Southern California's Board of Directors meeting on Thursday. Presented annually since 2001, the award is named after Special Olympics Southern California’s first president. After passing away in November 2018, his son now ...

INSIDE SOSC: 2019 Bowling Championship

More than 480 Special Olympics Southern California athletes set out to be the high rollers of the day at the 2019 Bowling Championship at Fountain Bowl on Aug. 24. The competition was split up into morning and afternoon sessions, with four ramp assisted groupings and 28 singles divisions to open the festivities. The top ramp ...

2019 Bowling Coach of the Season Announced

Orange County coach Ngoc Lan Tran was named Special Olympics Southern California's bowling coach of the season at Saturday's championship event in Fountain Valley. An invaluable coach for the athletes on the Fountain Valley Sharkwaves, Lan has greatly contributed to the success of a team with more than 30 competitors. Although quiet with a calm ...

INSIDE SOSC: Bowlers Compete in Lakewood

by Brianna Pereira It was 9am on Saturday August 10th at the Cal Bowl Center in Lakewood, the sound of bowling balls pounding the floor as well as the shouts of praise from family and spectators, became almost deafening. Athletes from the Los Angeles County region and as far as San Gabriel Valley region gathered ...

LB Airport Pulls Double Duty for SOSC

By Emma Lee Special Olympics Southern California will host one of its biggest events this Saturday – and there will be double the fun at Long Beach Airport. The 14th annual Plane Pull will not be alone because the We Run the City 5K and 10K will happen that morning. UCLA and USC supporters will ...

INSIDE SOSC: August Events Heat Up

The first half of August has been loaded with bowling season competitions, thrilling fundraisers and even some street hoops action featuring Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Bowling Season Rolls Along Athletes gathered at Valencia Lanes in Newhall, where there was wall-to-wall competition, comradery, and fun on Aug. 10. The atmosphere in the bowling alley was ...

INSIDE NEWS: ESPN Reporter Recognized for Work with Special Olympics

ESPN reporter Michele Steele was recognized for her volunteer work with Special Olympics as she was named the 2019 Commentator of the Year as part of the network's volunteer of the year awards announced last Friday. Per the release, the awards focused on employees who are self-directed in their service and committed to supporting their ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes Have a Ball Bowling Strikes

By Alexandra Dickens Volunteers, athletes, families, and friends came out to Brunswick Zone Deer Creek Lanes in Rancho Cucamonga last Saturday for the Inland Empire bowling competition. The majority of the more than 430 athletes had one goal in mind: “To bring home the gold,” said SOSC Global Messenger Joe Hreish. This event was free ...

INSIDE SOSC: Western Regional Special Olympics Set Foundation

It was on this day 50 years ago the vision reached the west. The event was the first Western Regional Special Olympics, which included 900 athletes from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. The stage was the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was the starting point for each state and its own ...