Category: Sports

LA Galaxy to Host Virtual Soccer Clinic; SOSC Athletes Invited to Attend

The Los Angeles Galaxy are conducting a virtual soccer clinic this Saturday, October 17 for the non-profit Academia de Futbol Juvenil Amatense (AFJA). Special Olympics Southern California high school athletes and Unified Partners are invited to participate. AFJA serves youth athletes in low income communities, mostly in Central America. They have even partnered with some ...

Reach Every Athlete

Reach Every Athlete

As announced in August, Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) has made the decision to cancel all in-person activity through March 2021 and shift our focus and approach to virtual programming and long-term planning. THE PLAN Survey: Learn about each individual athlete’s interests, ability to participate, barriers to participating, and preferred means of receiving SOSC communication. ...

Phased Return to Activity Plan – Coronavirus Update

We hope that you are doing well, staying both safe and healthy.  All of us at Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) miss seeing you and look forward to a time when we can all get back together in-person. Speaking of getting back together, we want to provide an update about SOSC’s plans for a safe return to activity.  Included with ...

SOSC Will Hold Fundraisers to Support Athletes Impacted by COVID-19 Health Crisis

Whether bidding for wine packages, running a 5K, or playing bingo piques your interest, Special Olympics Southern California has fun, social, and virtual opportunities for everyone to support the immediate and long-term needs of SOSC athletes during the COVID-19 health crisis. During October and November, join Special Olympics in the following virtual events and fundraisers: ...

Special Olympics Southern California Announces New President & CEO

LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 21, 2020 -- The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Southern California announces the appointment of Calvin Lyons as the new President & CEO of Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) effective September 28, 2020. Lyons joins SOSC from the Boys & Girls Clubs, where he served as the President and CEO ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: An Immeasurable Impact

By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson isn’t one to beat his chest and flash his Olympic gold medal. It would be years before his own children learned of his mainstream success. Yet, the Special Olympics Southern California founder has many friends and admirers, in addition to family, who will go to bat for him and attempt ...

Murrieta Mesa High School, Murrieta Valley High School, and Westminster High School to Receive National Recognition from Special Olympics for Achievements with Inclusion

Special Olympics Southern California has announced Murrieta Mesa High School, Murrieta Valley High School, and Westminster High School are receiving national banner recognition for their efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. The three Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools are receiving this honor as a result of meeting national ...

Inside SOSC: Special Olympics is a Family Affair for Athlete Joselyn Bermudez and Her Parents

By Emma Vandine When it comes to involvement with Special Olympics, athlete Joselyn Bermudez and her family demonstrate how there is no such thing as “too busy” or “too involved.” Starting as an athlete ten years ago at the age of 13, Joselyn now participates in five sports for SOSC, while her parents coach four ...

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goodr Collaborates with Special Olympics Southern California to Promote Inclusion

Sunglasses brand goodr collaborated with Special Olympics to create Mission: Inclusion Vision, a themed pair of shades. Inspired by the Special Olympics logo, the sun glasses feature stylized red and white frames with gray polarized lenses. One thousand copies are available and all proceeds go to Special Olympics Southern California. Purchase some today! The sunglasses ...

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 ...