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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 ...

Tri-Valley Athlete Recognized for Outstanding Outreach

Michael Leon, a Special Olympics Tri-Valley athlete and Global Messenger, was presented with the Richard L. Van Kirk Outstanding Outreach Achievement Award on Thursday for his work in advancing the Special Olympics movement. Michael, a Global Messenger since 2015, speaks to a number community groups, churches and schools about living with autism and type-1 diabetes. ...

INSIDE SOSC: Championship An Attention Getter

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - Special Olympics Southern California's Bowling Championship brought out the best in nearly 400 athletes who competed Saturday in a pair of sessions at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley. LINKS: Results | Photo Gallery Special Olympics Inland Empire had a strong showing in the morning session. Of the 47 divisions (29 male ...

Record 61 Team to Pull Saturday

LONG BEACH – The line-up for the Special Olympics Southern California 2018 Plane Pull© is set, and the record-setting 61 teams are set to pull the 124,000 FedEx cargo plane 12 feet in support of #SOSCAthletes this Saturday, Aug. 18. In its 13 years, the field for this year’s pull is the largest in its ...

#SundaySpotlight: Bowling Championship Set for Historic Day

LONG BEACH - As Special Olympics Southern California begins its 50th anniversary celebration, the 2018 Bowling Championship will celebrate its first year as its own championship competition. The history-making day will come on Aug. 25 at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif. More than 400 SOSC athletes will compete at the first standalone bowling championships. Bowling ...