Category: Mission

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, ...

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 ...

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