Category: Basketball

#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 ...

USA Games Spotlight: Ruby Gonzales and Ashley Schroff

By Hannah van Warmerdam Being involved in sports has many benefits. It brings people together, helps teach valuable lessons, encourages others to achieve goals and ultimately creates unity among team members. Unified sports provides these opportunities for players both with and without intellectual disabilities to compete in a friendly, yet competitive atmosphere. Athletes such as ...

USA Games Spotlight: Jennifer Eckles

Team sports often provide a close knit community and friendships that last far beyond a single game or competition. For Jennifer Eckles, the Pomona Valley women's basketball team delivers on all fronts. Jennifer credits her friend, Nihan Uslu, for introducing her to Special Olympics Southern California. Together, the two are part of the eight-woman team ...

USA Games Spotlight: Satanna Chapman and Danielle Morgan

By Sean Minnihan “Team sports bring people together.” That line best sums up Unified Sports in Special Olympics, and Special Olympics athlete Satanna Chapman and Unified partner Danielle Morgan are a perfect example. They’re helping to break down barriers and promote inclusion in sports as part of the Lompoc High School Unified basketball team that ...

#SundaySpotlight: Angela Zhu

By Ashley Carney As April celebrates National Autism Awareness month, Special Olympics Southern California is reminded of the impact it has had on people with intellectual disabilities, and how it has allowed athletes to live their best lives. Meet Angela Zhu, a 17-year-old from Los Angeles, who has autism. Angela is one of the 70 ...

INSIDE SOSC: What a Week It Was at SOSC

There was so much going on this first half of April within Special Olympics Southern California, we thought we would bring you up to speed.  The first half of the month ended on Saturday with five competitions throughout Southern California, including the Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley Regional Spring Games at Azusa Pacific University and Santa ...

#SundaySpotlight: Lompoc Teammates, Friends Play Unified

April celebrates National Autism Awareness month, and Special Olympics Southern California serves quite a few athletes who are glowing examples of how intellectual disabilities do not define their lives. SOSC also works with Unified partners who are just as impactful and help promote an inclusive environment the organization encourages. Among them is Walker Grossi, a ...

Dive Into April

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Spring sports will dive, sprint, jump and fly into high gear this coming April and what a month we have in store for you. One of the busiest months of the calendar year, April will be a wild ride for sure. Here is what to watch for this month in Special ...

#WDSD2018: Can’t Get Enough

Last Sunday, Paola Lozano took the court for Ventura at the Santa Barbara North Division basketball competition. It was her 75th event since joining Special Olympics Southern California, and the 21-year-old just can’t get enough of life. Paolo said Special Olympics has made her stronger, and that’s not just limited to sports. “I love Special ...