Category: Mission

INSIDE SOSC: Swimmers Ready to Dive into Summer Games

Approximately 180 Special Olympics Southern California athletes competed in swimming competitions at the Ventura Regional Spring Games this past weekend on May 18 at Oaks Christian High School. The pool saw more than enough action as the races began at 10 a.m. and went well into the afternoon. The volunteer presence was also significant, with ...

South Bay Coach Preaches Team First

By Julie Devine For South Bay coach Dave Barro, Special Olympics Southern California is an experience of a lifetime. In more than nine years, he has seen basketball transform lives and continue to shape athletes with determination, and provide a sense of community. A former high school basketball player, Dave began his involvement with SOSC ...

INSIDE SOSC: Summer Games Nears, Inclusion Revolution Grows

Special Olympics Southern California athletes have less than a month to go before Summer Games. Two events got a taste of what's to come, as all five sports – basketball, bocce, flag football, swimming, and track and field – were on display at both the Orange County Regional Spring Games and Warren High School Spring Games ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes Use the Force

WeAreSOSC.org made its way to both the most northern and southern areas of Special Olympics Southern California's footprint this past week. Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo played host to a simultaneous doubleheader, while Carlsbad High School was the site of the San Diego Regional Spring Games. Games a Hit in San Luis Obispo More ...

Steve Bolton: ‘We Are the Edge of the Movement’

By Tessa Sechler Volunteers within Special Olympics could easily be compared to the oil that flows through a machine, allowing everything to run smoothly. From setup, meal services and overall constant support, volunteers are the people that the athletes see most. Special Olympics could not be the success that it is without the work of ...

INSIDE SOSC: ‘Exhilarated’ Athletes, and Rafer Johnson’s Life on Display

Five competitions were on the schedule this past weekend and WeAreSOSC.org was in Chino Hills and Bakersfield for a pair events. Plus, an exhibit showcasing the life of Special Olympics Southern California founder Rafer Johnson is the newest addition to the LA84 Foundation Library. Inspiring Athletes Find Own Inspiration The cold clouds couldn’t deter more ...

Special Olympics Athletes Learn from College Basketball’s Best

By Tessa Sechler Just outside L.A. Live and Staples Center on April 12, a day filled with basketball clinics and games was underway. While the NCAA All-Americans would attend the College Basketball Awards later that evening at the Novo, during the day they showed off their basketball IQ and expertise as coaches for future fans. ...

INSIDE SOSC: LA Galaxy Unified Opener, and Hoops Action in Lakewood

This week, WeAreSOSC.org brings to you a brother tandem on the LA Galaxy Unified soccer team and a basketball enthusiast in the South Bay. LA Galaxy Unified Opener Danny Saucedo has been playing soccer his whole life. He is even more dedicated to support his brother, Armando, a Special Olympics athlete for the past three ...

INSIDE SOSC: Competition, Tip-A-Cops Start the Spring

This past week of events around Special Olympics Southern California included the 2019 Tri-Valley Glendale Regional Spring Games and Tip-A-Cop fundraisers at Claim Jumper restaurant locations. Young Athletes Provides a Foundation Jonathan Tiu sees his 10-year-old son, Luca, and wonders what life may look like without Special Olympics. Maybe it includes weekends sitting around the ...

National Volunteer Week: Patricia Matthews

By Kelsey Lewis Happiness and positivity energizes anyone and everyone. For Patricia Matthews, Community Relations Officer of Homeland Security, volunteering is always a happy surprise. She never knows what she’s going to see or experience at any of the opportunities, but she knows it’s going to be good. She’s driven by how being with Special ...