Category: School Partnerships

INSIDE SOSC: Summer Games Nears, Inclusion Revolution Grows

Special Olympics Southern California athletes have less than a month to go before Summer Games. Two events got a taste of what's to come, as all five sports – basketball, bocce, flag football, swimming, and track and field – were on display at both the Orange County Regional Spring Games and Warren High School Spring Games ...

National Volunteer Week: Christine Spino

Teaching Those the Importance of Inclusion

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 ...

Warren HS Honored for Inclusive Environment

DOWNEY, Calif. – Neil Everett walked onto the stage on the Justice Stadium football field at Warren High School, unzipped his jacket and revealed a navy T-shirt with the words “The Cave” – an ode to the school’s student section. The 4,000 students in attendance roared in approval, engulfing the ESPN SportsCenter anchor with the ...

‘Choose to Include – No Matter What’

CHULA VISTA – Students at Olympian High School had a packed gymnasium rocking, cheering on fellow classmates during a Special Olympics Unified basketball game. “Choose to include – no matter what!” was the chant, as the force of the growing “inclusion revolution” promoted by the organization’s Unified Champion Schools program continues to sweep the nation. ...

Warren HS Named as ‘ESPN Top-5’ UCS

LONG BEACH - What started as a social club a decade ago at Warren High School is now a nationally recognized program. Warren High School, part of the Downey Unified School District, was one of 30 Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools selected Aug. 30 as part of the first class of ESPN Honor Roll schools. ...

Unified Champion Schools: Fostering Youth Leaders

LONG BEACH - Through Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools, Special Olympics Southern California creates partnerships with schools and districts to help foster positive school climates for individuals with intellectual disabilities. During the 2017-18 school year, partnerships included 22 elementary schools, 20 middle schools, 50 high schools, three school districts and three universities. The goal of Unified Champion Schools is to promote the acceptance and ...

USA Games Extends Beyond Competitions

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games has offered a different, but equally wonderful experience to a pair of Trabuco Hills High School students. Priscilla Price and Eloisa Pichon are part of the Youth Leadership Experience, and early highlights from their trip include meeting Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver. Priscilla's Special Olympics experience ...

Team Ethan: Tough

Look up the word tough in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and there are nine definitions, several related to a person’s character. Two stand out, including “capable of enduring strain, hardship” and “characterized by uncompromising determination.” For those, an easier definition would be to list the name Ethan Russell with a photo featuring one of his trademark ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Valerie Ruiz

By Ashley Carney The Sweetwater Union High School District in San Diego awarded Valerie Ruiz “Special Educator of the Year” for her tireless work and dedication toward getting the district involved with Special Olympics Unified Sports. When Unified Sports was first introduced to the SUHSD in January 2016, Valerie was in the middle of a ...