Category: Mission

INSIDE SOSC: Coaches in the #SundaySpotlight

Special Olympics Southern California coaches, regardless of sport, often come away with similar thoughts when they reflect upon their experience and interactions with the athletes. To paraphrase: You get back what you put in – and more. Lauren Clarke, who helped lead a USC group of coaches in the Los Angeles area, noted the affection ...

#SundaySpotlight: Find Their Voice

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Last week we began a new series on WeAreSOSC.org called #SundaySpotlight. Fittingly, our spotlight was the Special Olympics Southern California athletes, specifically their competitive spirit at the 2017 Summer Games. This week we stay focused on our athletes, but our #SundaySpotlight turns to the Athlete Leadership Programs that allow athletes to ...

Shakey’s Turns Great Food Into Pure Gold

Alhambra, CA (July 1, 2017) – Shakey’s Pizza restaurants of Southern California has partnered with Special Olympics to raise funds in support of the 30,731 athletes who train and compete in Southern California. During the month-long fundraiser, guests who make a donation at any participating Shakey’s Pizza location from July 1st through July 31st will ...

INSIDE SOSC: Big Crowds Mean Bigger Confidence Boosts

Several athletes at Special Olympics Southern California can pinpoint a variety of aspects they enjoy most about competing. A solid number of responses will tie back to the atmosphere and encouragement they receive from a supportive group of engaged spectators. Many will tell you that the roar of a crowd can result in a significant ...

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 ...