Category: Mission

INSIDE SOSC: 2019 Floor Hockey Championship Recap

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Kern County proved to be a tremendous host, as its athletes and coaches put on quite the performance Saturday at the Special Olympics Southern California Floor Hockey Championship. Kern County was one of the four gold medalists, as 16 teams battled it out in four divisions at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The ...

INSIDE SOSC: Floor Hockey Championship on Horizon

Special Olympics Southern California athletes got in one last competition before this weekend's floor hockey championship. Eleven teams battled it out in three divisions at the Northern Santa Barbara regional floor hockey competition on Feb. 23 at Santa Maria High School. Gold medal winners included the Santa Barbara Dolphins (red division), Santa Clarita Valley Great ...

World Games Spotlight: Faith Demos

By Cesar Fernandez For Faith Demos golf is not just a sport, it is a family affair. She grew up watching her father play, an avid golfer since the age of 9. Now, she gets to take her family to new heights by competing against the world. She is one of six athletes from Special ...

World Games Spotlight: Krystal Johnson

By Julie Devine A new turn has approached as the 2019 Special Olympics World Games are imminent, and athletes are training harder than ever to prepare for an incredible seven days in Abu Dhabi. These elite competitors are intensifying their training, pushing harder, all to prepare for a trip worth remembering. For Special Olympics Southern ...

World Games Spotlight: Tyrone Garrett

Special Olympics has helped Tyrone Garrett achieve and experience many new things, and the greatest is yet to come. Tyrone is one of six Special Olympics Southern California athletes headed to Abu Dhabi for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games from March 14-21. “When I found out I was going to the World Games, I ...

Warren HS Honored for Inclusive Environment

DOWNEY, Calif. – Neil Everett walked onto the stage on the Justice Stadium football field at Warren High School, unzipped his jacket and revealed a navy T-shirt with the words “The Cave” – an ode to the school’s student section. The 4,000 students in attendance roared in approval, engulfing the ESPN SportsCenter anchor with the ...

INSIDE SOSC: Thriller in the OC

By Kelsey Lewis HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — More than 50 athletes and 40 volunteers were in attendance as four teams clashed in the 2019 Orange County Regional floor hockey competition at The RINKS in Huntington Beach on Feb. 9. The competition made for a busy bracket with each team playing at least two games throughout ...

Beckman HS Student Has Unified Vision

Amy Watson was in her P.E. class at Beckman High School when she took notice of the ratio of her fellow general education students to special education peers. She also saw the interaction between them, and the desire for acknowledgment her classmates with intellectual disabilities craved.  This was the moment Amy knew she wanted to ...

‘Choose to Include – No Matter What’

CHULA VISTA – Students at Olympian High School had a packed gymnasium rocking, cheering on fellow classmates during a Special Olympics Unified basketball game. “Choose to include – no matter what!” was the chant, as the force of the growing “inclusion revolution” promoted by the organization’s Unified Champion Schools program continues to sweep the nation. ...

Rafer Johnson: A Special Olympics Visionary

Rafer Johnson has endless achievements to his name. He has won an Olympic gold medal and silver medal in the decathlon. Sports Illustrated named him its Sportsman of the Year in 1958 and ESPN included him among the 100 Greatest North American Athletes of the 20th century. He’s appeared in a James Bond film. Yet, ...