Category: Sports

South Bay Coach Preaches Team First

By Julie Devine For South Bay coach Dave Barro, Special Olympics Southern California is an experience of a lifetime. In more than nine years, he has seen basketball transform lives and continue to shape athletes with determination, and provide a sense of community. A former high school basketball player, Dave began his involvement with SOSC ...

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 ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes Use the Force

WeAreSOSC.org made its way to both the most northern and southern areas of Special Olympics Southern California's footprint this past week. Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo played host to a simultaneous doubleheader, while Carlsbad High School was the site of the San Diego Regional Spring Games. Games a Hit in San Luis Obispo More ...

INSIDE SOSC: ‘Exhilarated’ Athletes, and Rafer Johnson’s Life on Display

Five competitions were on the schedule this past weekend and WeAreSOSC.org was in Chino Hills and Bakersfield for a pair events. Plus, an exhibit showcasing the life of Special Olympics Southern California founder Rafer Johnson is the newest addition to the LA84 Foundation Library. Inspiring Athletes Find Own Inspiration The cold clouds couldn’t deter more ...

Special Olympics Athletes Learn from College Basketball’s Best

By Tessa Sechler Just outside L.A. Live and Staples Center on April 12, a day filled with basketball clinics and games was underway. While the NCAA All-Americans would attend the College Basketball Awards later that evening at the Novo, during the day they showed off their basketball IQ and expertise as coaches for future fans. ...

INSIDE SOSC: LA Galaxy Unified Opener, and Hoops Action in Lakewood

This week, WeAreSOSC.org brings to you a brother tandem on the LA Galaxy Unified soccer team and a basketball enthusiast in the South Bay. LA Galaxy Unified Opener Danny Saucedo has been playing soccer his whole life. He is even more dedicated to support his brother, Armando, a Special Olympics athlete for the past three ...

INSIDE SOSC: Competition, Tip-A-Cops Start the Spring

This past week of events around Special Olympics Southern California included the 2019 Tri-Valley Glendale Regional Spring Games and Tip-A-Cop fundraisers at Claim Jumper restaurant locations. Young Athletes Provides a Foundation Jonathan Tiu sees his 10-year-old son, Luca, and wonders what life may look like without Special Olympics. Maybe it includes weekends sitting around the ...

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 ...

INSIDE SOSC: Previewing the Spring

April is typically one of the action-packed months in the Special Olympics Southern California calendar, as the spring season gets underway this weekend. The slate of competitions will only get more fierce this year, with flag football officially joining the rotation after spending 2018 as a demonstration sport in Southern California. In addition, a number ...

Inside the Tryouts of LA Galaxy Special Olympics Unified Team

Close to 50 excited soccer players got to play out their childhood dreams as they tried out for the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Unified Team on Sunday, March 10 at Dignity Health Sports Park. The MLS Unified Soccer Experience brings together athletes with and without intellectual abilities for a unique opportunity to participate on an ...