Category: Sports

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Grabs ESPN Spotlight

Dustin Plunkett is no stranger to the ESPN cameras – but on Wednesday he was among those celebrated as Special Olympics took center stage at the 25th annual ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Plunkett, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and headquarters staff member, was among 25 Special Olympics athletes from around the country who ...

Athletes Earning Elite Soccer Experience

LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 13, 2017) – This summer Special Olympics Southern California athletes are earning an elite-level soccer experience thanks to partnerships with the Los Angeles Galaxy, CONCACAF and Manchester United. It starts locally with the LA Galaxy Unified Team. They are slated to play a three-game schedule throughout the summer, the most in-depth ...

PHOTO GALLERY: On The Gridiron

Special Olympics Southern California and the Los Angeles Rams teamed up to host the first of six FUNdamentals Camp and Punt, Pass and Kick Challenge at Edward Vincent Jr. Park in Inglewood. The event was an introduction of flag football to SOSC Athletes and kicked off a fundraising campaign at all Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions ...

INSIDE SOSC: Coaches in the #SundaySpotlight

Special Olympics Southern California coaches, regardless of sport, often come away with similar thoughts when they reflect upon their experience and interactions with the athletes. To paraphrase: You get back what you put in – and more. Lauren Clarke, who helped lead a USC group of coaches in the Los Angeles area, noted the affection ...

#SundaySpotlight: We Got Some Heat

Today we begin our #SundaySpotlight series on WeAreSOSC.org and our first feature fittingly starts with the athletes.  Our spotlight will be a little more focused, so today we will take a look specifically at the competition. From the waters of the pool to the links of the golf course, then to the mat at gymnastics, ...

INSIDE SOSC: Big Crowds Mean Bigger Confidence Boosts

Several athletes at Special Olympics Southern California can pinpoint a variety of aspects they enjoy most about competing. A solid number of responses will tie back to the atmosphere and encouragement they receive from a supportive group of engaged spectators. Many will tell you that the roar of a crowd can result in a significant ...

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… Day Two

On Monday, we posted a gallery of photos from day one of the 2017 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games. The shots were "through the eyes" of photographer Jim Cayer, a 2017 Michael W. Harahan Award Recipient, which is presented to volunteers with exceptional dedication and performance in their volunteer role. Here are his selections ...

What It Was Like to Attend, Volunteer at Summer Games

Editor’s note: Michael Amormino and his wife, Thann, attended Summer Games as volunteers. They collected stories and photos and this is their first-hand account. This was our first time volunteering at the Special Olympics. My wife and I signed up with the Special Olympics Southern California communications team for Summer Games. The experience we received ...

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. ...