Category: Sports

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. ...

San Diego Athletes Find Friendship Through Special Olympics

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - Kian Barzi and Troy Horton share a friendship that their bowling coach describes as "the yin and the yang." The San Diego athletes met through Special Olympics as soccer teammates three years ago. Kian, 13, is a bit more reserved while Troy, 17, will introduce himself to just about anyone, and ...

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 ...

INSIDE SOSC: What’s in a Name?

Special Olympics Southern California athletes are not afraid to show off their personality. Whether it's their dance moves or big smiles at the sight of a camera, the athletes make it known when they're having a good time. That personality, and a sense of humor, were on display last Saturday through some of the team ...

#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 ...

INSIDE SOSC: Growing Family

Special Olympics Southern California family has been growing, and quickly. From the more than 34,500 athletes to the families that take them to every practice and competition, Special Olympics is one big family. It's size continues to grow as evidence by the past four days during these very hot summer days. From the Orange County ...

#SundaySpotlight: Reese Kaul

Chris Kaul remembers watching his son, Reese, compete with Special Olympics Southern California for the very first time. He wasn't quite sure what to expect, how his son would react in a competition environment. Tears flowed, and a decade later it still makes him emotional. "We cried," Chris said. "We cried because it was something ...

SOSC Athletes Well Represented at Nike 3ON3

LONG BEACH - California’s largest outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament, the Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament returns to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles and L.A. LIVE for its 10th consecutive year. Special Olympics Southern California athletes will be represented in record numbers as 24 teams will compete on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5. All told 92 SOSC ...

INSIDE SOSC: A Day at the Lanes

More than 200 bowlers made their way to Buena Lanes for the 2018 Ventura County Regional bowling competition this past Saturday. The morning team competition consisted of 17 teams of four bowlers split into six divisions. The afternoon's individual competition featured athletes from a number of surrounding Special Olympics Southern California regions, including Kern County, ...

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 ...