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Sprive for a Cause

Andy Ho, co-founder and CEO of Sprive, started his fitness equipment company in November and wanted to find ways to impact the community. With a personal connection to Special Olympics already established, he reached out to Special Olympics Southern California to see if there was a way to help raise awareness. The partnership started by ...

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Grabs ESPN Spotlight

Dustin Plunkett is no stranger to the ESPN cameras – but on Wednesday he was among those celebrated as Special Olympics took center stage at the 25th annual ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Plunkett, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and headquarters staff member, was among 25 Special Olympics athletes from around the country who ...

Athletes Earning Elite Soccer Experience

LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 13, 2017) – This summer Special Olympics Southern California athletes are earning an elite-level soccer experience thanks to partnerships with the Los Angeles Galaxy, CONCACAF and Manchester United. It starts locally with the LA Galaxy Unified Team. They are slated to play a three-game schedule throughout the summer, the most in-depth ...

PHOTO GALLERY: On The Gridiron

Special Olympics Southern California and the Los Angeles Rams teamed up to host the first of six FUNdamentals Camp and Punt, Pass and Kick Challenge at Edward Vincent Jr. Park in Inglewood. The event was an introduction of flag football to SOSC Athletes and kicked off a fundraising campaign at all Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions ...

Rams Punter Reaches Out to Special Olympics

By Naomi Cahill What began as a high school volunteer service project has grown into a passion for Johnny Hekker. Now, the Los Angeles Rams’ All-Pro punter is helping launch this year’s Albertsons Companies Foundation, The Vons Foundation and The Pavilions Foundation campaign – where shoppers can donate at the checkout counter of Albertsons, Vons ...

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 ...