Category: News

Global Messenger Touted for Outreach

By Emma Lee Long Beach/Whittier athlete Jared Kozak was presented with the Richard L. Van Kirk Outstanding Outreach Achievement Award at Special Olympics Southern California's Board of Directors meeting on Thursday. Presented annually since 2001, the award is named after Special Olympics Southern California’s first president. After passing away in November 2018, his son now ...

Participants chosen to represent LA Galaxy SOSC Unified at the MLS All-Star Week

Later this month, MLS and ESPN will host the 6 Annual Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Experience. The final match will be on July 31 at the Orlando City Stadium. The game will feature participants both with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Southern California athletes Logan Jones and Juan Ortega, alongside Coach Jorge ...

Special Olympics California Awarded State Funding As Part of the 2019-2020 State of California Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 16, 2019) – California Governor Gavin Newsom and lawmakers recently finalized the state budget for 2019-2020 and confirmed an unprecedented amount in funding to support Special Olympics California. “I am incredibly excited and so thankful that our efforts were successful. This money is so crucial in supporting nearly 70,000 Special Olympics athletes in ...

Special Olympics Southern California Chosen as Nonprofit of the Year

LONG BEACH,Calif. (June 24, 2019) - Special Olympics Southern California is proud to announce Senator Ling Ling Chang has selected it as a 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year. Bill Shumard, CEO of Special Olympics Southern California traveled to Sacramento to join 100 other nonprofit leaders to be honored by their state senators and assembly ...

Using Their Voice

SOSC Leaders, Athletes Meet With Government Officials

Congratulations 2019 SOSC Volunteer Award Recipients!

Every year, Special Olympics Southern California recognizes volunteers that go above and beyond in their volunteer roles. Congratulations to our 2019 John West and Harahan award recipients! We appreciate all you do for our athletes and our movement! 2019 JOHN WEST AWARD WINNER The John West Award is presented annually to honor volunteers’ accomplishments within ...

When Two Worlds Collide

by Tessa Sechler There are many businesses and fundraisers that support Special Olympics Southern California, but to some athletes, the AVP Campaign may be the most impactful. From March 27 to April 23, Albertson’s, Vons and Pavilions are asking their shoppers to donate to SOSC during checkout, with the goal of raising $1.5 million. This ...

Your Voice is Needed Tell Congress to #ChoosetoInclude

The U.S. Department of Education has proposed the elimination of funding for Special Olympics in the 2020 federal budget. Special Olympics Southern California relies on federal funding to support our Schools Partnership Program, which brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities through sports, whole-school engagement and inclusive leadership. These programs are critical to building ...

2019 World Games: How to Watch, and More

And they’re off! Six Special Olympics Southern California athletes have begun their trip to Abu Dhabi to represent Special Olympics USA at the 2019 World Games. The Games Opening Ceremony will take place March 14 in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates at 11 a.m. ET. With this being the first ...

2018 Pier del Sol: Cheers to 50!

LONG BEACH, Calif.  – On October 14th, join some of the best chefs and restaurants in Los Angeles as we celebrate Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary at the 2018 Pier del Sol, an event that fuses great food with an amusement park experience to benefit Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Tickets for the 22nd annual Pier ...