Category: News

Update Regarding SOSC’s Plans for the 2020 Fall & 2020-2021 Winter Sports Season Due to the Coronavirus

In an effort to keep athlete and volunteer safety at the forefront as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer any official in-person activities or gatherings through March 2021. This includes: All Fall 2020 Sports Season training and competitions for Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball. All Winter 2020-2021 ...

Special Olympics CA Not Included in Initial State Budget; California Voters Push for Inclusion

California voters are urging their elected officials to include Special Olympics California in the revised state budget during the COVID-19 crisis. Special Olympics California was notably missing from the initial budget, but voters are pushing for inclusion in a last effort to ensure state funding for over 64,000 people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics California ...

Fall Season Update Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Based on our on-going consideration of current information, SOSC has made the decision to cancel all Fall competitions including all local, Regional, and Chapter competitions. We will continue with Healthy Lifestyle Challenge in the Fall to engage the entire SOSC community in not only staying active , but to help keep our community of athletes, ...

California Voters Urge State Funding for Special Olympics CA

California voters are calling on their elected officials to support Assemblymember Tim Grayson’s budget request to continue state funding of Special Olympics California during the COVID-19 health crisis. Asm. Grayson strongly supports a $6 million budget request to continue funding Special Olympics California programs at their current levels. Special Olympics California allocates 100-percent of the ...

The Minnesota Vikings & LA Chargers to Host Unified Flag Football Game

Watch Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement compete to raise money for Special Olympics LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2019) — Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement will take to the gridiron to compete in the Unified LA Chargers vs Minnesota Vikings flag football game on December 15 at Dignity Health Sports Park. This exhibition ...

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