Category: Sports

World Games Spotlight: Jonathan Pierce

By Julie Devine Special Olympics Southern California swimmer Jonathan Pierce is already making history and his Special Olympics World Games journey has only just begun. With Special Olympics as his current focus, Jonny is committed to the training and hard work required of being an athlete. From the dedication he has allotted to swimming, he ...

2019 World Games: How to Watch, and More

And they’re off! Six Special Olympics Southern California athletes have begun their trip to Abu Dhabi to represent Special Olympics USA at the 2019 World Games. The Games Opening Ceremony will take place March 14 in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates at 11 a.m. ET. With this being the first ...

INSIDE SOSC: 2019 Floor Hockey Championship Recap

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Kern County proved to be a tremendous host, as its athletes and coaches put on quite the performance Saturday at the Special Olympics Southern California Floor Hockey Championship. Kern County was one of the four gold medalists, as 16 teams battled it out in four divisions at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The ...

Mike Higgins: 2019 Floor Hockey Coach of the Season

Special Olympics Kern County's Mike Higgins was named the 2019 floor hockey coach of the season. Higgins, a floor hockey coach the past three seasons, first got involved when his son became an athlete in 2007. Two years later, he started coaching basketball. When his son's interests started to turn to other sports, so did ...

INSIDE SOSC: Floor Hockey Championship on Horizon

Special Olympics Southern California athletes got in one last competition before this weekend's floor hockey championship. Eleven teams battled it out in three divisions at the Northern Santa Barbara regional floor hockey competition on Feb. 23 at Santa Maria High School. Gold medal winners included the Santa Barbara Dolphins (red division), Santa Clarita Valley Great ...

World Games Spotlight: Faith Demos

By Cesar Fernandez For Faith Demos golf is not just a sport, it is a family affair. She grew up watching her father play, an avid golfer since the age of 9. Now, she gets to take her family to new heights by competing against the world. She is one of six athletes from Special ...

World Games Spotlight: Krystal Johnson

By Julie Devine A new turn has approached as the 2019 Special Olympics World Games are imminent, and athletes are training harder than ever to prepare for an incredible seven days in Abu Dhabi. These elite competitors are intensifying their training, pushing harder, all to prepare for a trip worth remembering. For Special Olympics Southern ...

World Games Spotlight: Tyrone Garrett

Special Olympics has helped Tyrone Garrett achieve and experience many new things, and the greatest is yet to come. Tyrone is one of six Special Olympics Southern California athletes headed to Abu Dhabi for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games from March 14-21. “When I found out I was going to the World Games, I ...

INSIDE SOSC: Thriller in the OC

By Kelsey Lewis HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — More than 50 athletes and 40 volunteers were in attendance as four teams clashed in the 2019 Orange County Regional floor hockey competition at The RINKS in Huntington Beach on Feb. 9. The competition made for a busy bracket with each team playing at least two games throughout ...

INSIDE SOSC: Off and Running in 2019

The 2019 calendar year brings another round of great experiences to Special Olympics Southern California athletes and supporters, and a few returning events. Throughout the year, WeAreSOSC and our social media channels will be highlighting the people and moments that have shaped the organization's first 50 years. To start it off, there's no better place ...