Category: Mission

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, ...

LETR Final Leg – Day With Central Leg

#WeAreSOSC spent a day with the LETR Final Leg, joining representatives from the Palos Verdes Estes Police Department, Torrance PD, Redondo Beach PD, Hermosa Beach PD, Manhattan Beach PD and El Segundo PD. It was just 20 miles of the nearly 900 the Flame of Hope will travel on its way to being the 2017 ...

Azusa Police Chief, Daughter Bond Over Special Olympics

Azusa Police Chief Stephan Hunt is no stranger to Special Olympics and the Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley region. It’s become customary to find him in attendance at the Pomona Area Games, interacting with the athletes he’s become familiar with on a first name basis over the years. But he can thank his daughter, Madison, and ...

Swimmer Competes to Inspire

By Naomi Cahill Longtime Special Olympics Southern California swimmer Jeffrey Morris understands the importance of inspiring others to try new things and do their best. He himself was inspired as a child to become a competitive swimmer by watching his brother compete. “So the more I would watch him, the more I was interested,” said ...

Are You the Next Dream House Winner?

Anthony Bozanich is almost restrained by default. So when Special Olympics Southern California President and CEO Bill Shumard called him on the day of the 2016 Dream House Raffle grand prize drawing, the circumstances hadn’t quite clicked. Anthony, who was traveling in his car at the time, was asked, “Are you sitting down?” “I thought ...

Limitations are no crutch for Edward Garcia

By Naomi Cahill Competing in sports gave East San Gabriel Valley athlete Edward Garcia the confidence in himself and a positive outlook on life. The 32-year-old, diagnosed with hydrocephalus, also walks with the aid of crutches, and has undergone 28 surgeries since the age of 11 months. Despite his physical limitations and the tough competitors ...

Volunteering a ‘Thrill’ For Retired CHP Officer

  For retired California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Blondon, the moments at the medal stand with the Special Olympics Southern California athletes represented “the biggest and best part” of his involvement. But that was just one aspect of a role with the Law Enforcement Torch Run that allowed him to volunteer at various events, and ...

An Angel in the Work Force

Baseball season marks the return of peanuts, Crackerjacks and the sight of Special Olympics Southern California athlete Trevor Hendershot at the Los Angeles Angels’ team store. For six years, the 26-year-old from Irvine has balanced the life of athlete and greeter at the official team store for both the Angels and Anaheim Ducks. Trevor’s father, ...