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2019 World Games: In Closing

As the 215 Special Olympics USA athletes enjoy Thursday's Closing Ceremony at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi and prepare to return home, let's take a look back at how the six Special Olympics Southern California athletes performed. As a delegation, Special Olympics USA amassed 71 gold, 60 silver and 72 bronze ...

2019 World Games: March 19 Preview

Our Special Olympics Southern California athletes have brought some new medals with them into this second week of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games. Two gold medals in the pool from Jonathan Pierce, as well as a bronze from Mark Hanson and Krystal Johnson on the tennis court, to be specific. Read more about it ...

2019 World Games: March 16-18 Round-up

A pair of gold medals and a bronze highlighted Special Olympics Southern California's contribution to the U.S. team over the weekend as the 2019 Special Olympics World Games continues on in Abu Dhabi. March 16 Jonathan Pierce was the first of the six SOSC athletes to compete, and he added a gold medal to Special ...

World Games Spotlight: Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson remembers growing up, watching the Olympic Summer and Winter Games on television, and even attending the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City with his family. Never did the Calabasas resident think he would be on a big stage someday himself. Mark, a tennis player, is one of six Southern California athletes representing 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 ...

RECAP: 2018 Fall Games, Day 2

More than 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes shined as the two-day 2018 Fall Games came to a close Sunday in Fountain Valley. Golf was the last of the five sports to wrap up, as the competitors battled a strong wind in the afternoon during the nine-hole round at David L. Baker Golf Course. In ...

RECAP: 2018 Fall Games, Day 1

The opening day of the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Fall Games featured competitive action in a revamped championship event lineup Saturday in Fountain Valley. More than 1,100 athletes competed in traditional fall sports soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball, and golf made its Fall Games debut after the introduction of a new sports plan prior ...

What They’re Saying at the 2018 Fall Games – Day 1

Special Olympics Southern California athletes and supporters were out in full force Saturday as the 2018 Fall Games kicked off in Fountain Valley. Here's what a few of them had to say on Day 1: "I began to love softball when I was young and watched my brother play baseball. I love it! It’s so ...

INSIDE SOSC: 2018 SD Regional Fall Games

Sam Blake is an imposing, hulking figure when he steps into the batter's box, and the Special Olympics San Diego County athlete is as friendly as they come, too. When he's not clubbing softballs for his team, the 40-year-old watches the rest of the competition and encourages the other teams from the stands. Sam gets ...

Special Olympics USA Team Named

314 athletes, coaches and staff to represent USA at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019