Category: Basketball

#SundaySpotlight: Fabiola Aceves

Fabiola Aceves has grown into a more independent, open-minded individual since we last caught up with her at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Now, she’s preparing for this summer’s USA Games and is excelling in a different sport – a team sport. Fabiola, who earned a pair of silver medals in tennis less than ...

USA Games Spotlight: Nihan Uslu

When we last caught up with Nihan Uslu, her mother Ana noted the life-changing benefits of Special Olympics Southern California. Now, the 27-year-old is nearing a trip she will remember for the rest of her life. Nihan and her teammates on the Pomona Valley women's basketball team are set to compete at the 2018 Special ...

INSIDE SOSC: Fantastic Finishes at Summer Games

More than 1,100 athletes were determined to put forth their strongest effort at Special Olympics Southern California's 2018 Summer Games last weekend at Cal State Long Beach. The competition at the 2018 #SummerGames had the crowds on their feet during the  games and with a sore throat after. Split-second finishes, one-point contests and top-notch sportsmanship ...

USA Games Spotlight: Ricardo Cortez and Jeffrey Ray

Through Unified Sports, athletes with and without intellectual disabilities often discover that they have more in common than they initially realized. Basketball is that bond for Lompoc High School and 2018 Special Olympics USA Games teammates Ricardo Cortez and Jeffrey Ray. They both even enjoy watching NBA superstar LeBron James, an athlete who has openly ...

High Honors Cap 2018 Summer Games

There was no shortage of praise and deserved honors to go around Sunday as more than 1,100 athletes were celebrated for their athletic achievements at the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. • Day Two Photo Gallery  •  What They're Saying at Summer Games Medals were awarded in basketball, bocce, ...

New Experiences, Thrills Highlight Day 1 of 2018 Summer Games

As Special Olympics celebrates 50 years, the organization is still creating new, exciting experiences for the athletes, families and fans. New thrills were a theme Saturday during Day 1 of the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. • Day One Photo Gallery Alton Davis watched as his 5-year-old daughter ...

What They’re Saying at 2018 Summer Games – Day 1

Summer Games always brings out a number of fearless athletes, selfless volunteers and great moments. Here's what the competitors, spectators, and more, had to say Saturday at Day 1 of the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. Athletes "[Special Olympics] changed my life in middle school." -Ben Watts, 24, ...

Games Set to Begin Saturday

LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 7, 2018) – The 49th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games is set to begin on Saturday, June 9 with Opening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The Games run through Sunday, June 10 and end with Closing Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. All told more than 1,100 athletes will represent 25 Southern ...

#SundaySpotlight: Antoinette and Bernadette Valencia

By Hannah van Warmerdam As the saying goes, two is better than one and that is certainly true when it comes to the Valencia twins. These twin sisters are 32 years old and radiate joy when they are with each other. Antoinette and Bernadette, or “Annie” and “B,” have been involved in Special Olympics since ...

USA Games Spotlight: Hannah Larsh and Ramona Parrish

One month from now, Ramona Parrish and Hannah Larsh will be off to Seattle along with their Lompoc High School Unified basketball teammates for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. For Ramona, the newest member to the team, Special Olympics provides an opportunity to get "stronger." As part of a Unified team, the Special Olympics ...