Category: Track and Field

#50Friday: Robert Waters

By Hannah van Warmerdam As Special Olympics celebrates its 50-year anniversary, longtime athlete Robert Waters may be closing in on his final competition. After hearing about Special Olympics from a friend more than 30 years ago, athlete Robert Waters found his love for competition. Whether it is competing in soccer, bocce ball, or track and ...

Team Ethan: Tough

Look up the word tough in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and there are nine definitions, several related to a person’s character. Two stand out, including “capable of enduring strain, hardship” and “characterized by uncompromising determination.” For those, an easier definition would be to list the name Ethan Russell with a photo featuring one of his trademark ...

USA Games Spotlight: Brett Laza

It's safe to say Brett Laza of Western San Bernardino has a love of all things fast. Whether it's his favorite superhero or athlete, the theme is speed. So, it should come as no surprise that the track star has lofty goals when he competes this summer at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in ...

INSIDE SOSC: Volunteers Drive Regional Competitions

It was a fitting end to National Volunteer Week last weekend at regional competitions throughout Special Olympics Southern California. Volunteers came out in record numbers to support some of the longer running regional competitions, including the Pomona Valley Area Games at Boys Republic and the San Diego County Athletics Regional at Point Loma Nazarene University.  ...

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 ...

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 ...

#SundaySpotlight: James Morrell

James Morrell has gained a spike in self-esteem since joining Special Olympics Southern California two years ago. The medals he’s amassed have helped serve as conversation starters. But James’ new favorite topic is his selection to compete this summer at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. “He has something exciting to talk to ...

#Bestof2017: Little Voice

This last week of 2017, we have looked at some of the moments that define the movement here at Special Olympics Southern California. There were so many, but we are attempting to give you the "Best of 2017." Today, on the final day of 2017, we wrap-up our "Best of 2017" with this story about ...

#Bestof2017: Determination

This last week of 2017, we will take a look at some of the moments that define the movement here at Special Olympics Southern California. There were so many, but we are attempting to give you the "Best of 2017." Today, on Christmas Day, we start with this amazing moment on the track, as told ...

Track Standout to Lean On Family at USA Games

By Christian Barel Krystal Johnson is one of the 70 lucky athletes chosen to represent Southern California for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Among the 3,500 athletes selected in the country, she will showcase her skills in track and field. This isn’t a new ballgame for Krystal. It will be her second ...