Category: Basketball

INSIDE SOSC: Hooping at NBA All-Star Weekend

There were about 80 Special Olympics Southern California athletes in attendance at Saturday morning’s NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Clinic, but for one moment all eyes were on 9-year-old Bobby Grunsted. A murmur grew louder, thanks in part to former player and NBA Cares ambassador Felipe Lopez. “Bob-by! Bob-by! Bob-by!” his fellow athletes and NBA ...

SOSC Pair Selected for NBA Unified Game

LOS ANGELES -- Special Olympics athletes from around the world, including a pair from Southern California, will get a piece of the NBA All-Star weekend spotlight. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, 12 Special Olympics athletes will show fans the unifying power of sport and team up with NBA and WNBA legends, players and sports ...

Athlete Looks to Fulfill Hoop Dreams at USA Games

By Christian Barel Nihan Uslu finds balance in her life by practicing yoga. Four years of the tranquil activity has activated an interaction between her inner-self and body. Yoga is a big factor to centering her mind, especially while competing in Special Olympics. “Yoga always keeps me calm,” Nihan said. As an athlete, Nihan has ...

Driven by Competiton

By Christian Barel Danielle Moore’s life has always been sports-centric. At a young age, she was regularly involved in different sports, playing in leagues for local churches and parks. It was through these organizations that Danielle got to practice what she loves to do: compete. She would play in the leagues until she surpassed the ...

#SundaySpotlight: From Playing to Coaching

Cody Nicholson is taking his love of basketball – and his studies – to Long Beach City College in the fall. Cody’s father, Vince, introduced him to Vikings women’s basketball head coach Michael Anderson. From there, Anderson connected with Cody’s high school coach at Brethren Christian, who noted his “basketball IQ.” Cody, a second-year Special ...

INSIDE SOSC: Nike 3-on-3 Spawns World Games Flashback

Joe Hreish was back in the city that re-ignited his passion for Special Olympics, and he couldn’t help but smile about it. The Orange County athlete was among nearly 50 Special Olympics Southern California athletes competing in the Nike 3-on-3 basketball tournament in downtown Los Angeles. It was two years ago, during the 2015 Special ...

Special Olympics Hoops Slated for Nike 3-on-3

Nearly 50 Special Olympics Southern California athletes will be among the thousands of basketball players flocking to the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the Nike 3-on-3 at L.A. Live on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5 and 6. The street basketball tournament, which started in 2009, turns L.A. Live into a giant playground with approximately ...

From UCSB to Special Olympics

By Naomi Cahill UC Santa Barbara alumna Jordan Franey brought her A-game to the basketball court for this year’s Summer Games – not as an athlete, but as a referee. The former Division I women’s basketball player was running up and down the court, blowing her whistle and guiding the players to ensure a fair ...

Through The Eyes of an Award Winner

Jim Cayer has supported Special Olympics Southern California for more than a decade as a volunteer photographer. His photographs are breathtaking and always put our athletes in the best light. He captures their determination, courage, and heart. His dedication to photographing the perfect shot of our athletes shows his passion for our movement and athletes. ...

PHOTOS: Summer Games – Day Two

Second and final day from the 2017 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games from California State University, Long Beach on Sunday, June 11. Lots of awards and medals, a wrap-up of competition and another day of amazing color.