Category: Mission

From UCSB to Special Olympics

By Naomi Cahill UC Santa Barbara alumna Jordan Franey brought her A-game to the basketball court for this year’s Summer Games – not as an athlete, but as a referee. The former Division I women’s basketball player was running up and down the court, blowing her whistle and guiding the players to ensure a fair ...

INSIDE SOSC: Fun, Inspiration Beyond the Games

Breakfast With Champions Steve Alford, the UCLA men’s basketball coach and keynote speaker of the event, recounted a story about how he didn’t have the 1984 Summer Olympic Games on his radar when he was a 19-year-old growing up in Indiana. Little did he know that it would be the start of something much greater, ...

What It Was Like to Attend, Volunteer at Summer Games

Editor’s note: Michael Amormino and his wife, Thann, attended Summer Games as volunteers. They collected stories and photos and this is their first-hand account. This was our first time volunteering at the Special Olympics. My wife and I signed up with the Special Olympics Southern California communications team for Summer Games. The experience we received ...

Through The Eyes of an Award Winner

Jim Cayer has supported Special Olympics Southern California for more than a decade as a volunteer photographer. His photographs are breathtaking and always put our athletes in the best light. He captures their determination, courage, and heart. His dedication to photographing the perfect shot of our athletes shows his passion for our movement and athletes. ...

What They’re Saying at Summer Games – Day 2

Find out what the athletes, coaches, volunteers, and more, were saying on Day 2 at Summer Games – in their own words: “These athletes are empowered through competition and achieve their goals for acceptance and independence with their peers.” -Victoria Dario, swimming awards volunteer coordinator "I love going to different areas and love meeting new friends, ...

Joyous Family Affair Closes Summer Games

The look of accomplishment when a medal goes around a Special Olympics Southern California athlete’s  neck is as pure of an emotion as there is at Summer Games, and there were plenty of proud faces to be found Sunday at Cal State Long Beach and nearby Recreation 9 golf course. PHOTOS: Summer Games - Day ...

What They’re Saying at Summer Games – Day 1

Here is a collection of thoughts and experiences from athletes, coaches, volunteers, law enforcement and attendees on Day 1 of Special Olympics Southern California’s Summer Games: “This is our opportunity to feel like we don’t have a disability. [Special Olympics] is my chance where I can play a sport.” -Tara Hampton, basketball athlete from Simi ...

INSIDE SOSC: News and Notes From Summer Games – Day 1

Whew! Talk about a jam-packed day to kick off the 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games! Athletes, coaches, volunteers and a drove of Fans in the Stands rocked the Cal State Long Beach campus on Saturday. Here are some news, notes and quotes from the Games: The energy at Summer Games was infectious ...

Energy, Passion Take Over Day 1 at Summer Games

The smile and cheers from fans like Siope Moa provided the energy for the athletes competing on Day 1 of the 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. A first-time volunteer, Siope came into the event with an open mind and was just “looking to be of service” as ...

Celebrate Global Running Day

By Naomi Cahill Calling all USC and UCLA students and devoted fans! It’s that time again to start thinking about Special Olympics Southern California’s We Run the City 5K run/walk and 10K race. Trojans and Bruins will compete for charity and bragging rights November 19 on the UCLA campus. No matter who you run with, ...