Category: Summer Games

#SundaySpotlight: Kent Menendez

By Christian Barel Trying something new can be a path to a lifelong passion. For Kent Menendez, this statement holds true. Not afraid to immerse himself in new experiences, he attempted playing almost every sport. However, with those sports something didn’t seem to mesh with him. Well, at least that was the case, until he ...

#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 ...

SOSC Announces Upcoming Changes to Sports Offerings

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Special Olympics Southern California has unveiled a new sports plan that will maximize the amount of training and competition for athletes year-round, allow it to serve more athletes than ever before, and enhance the athlete experience. A Sports Taskforce formed in 2016 to assess SOSC’s sports offerings and ...

#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, ...

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 ...

Hard Work Brings Torch to Games

For 27 years, Eric Ledesma has been a police officer and in each of those years, he has been involved with Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Now a Lieutenant for the Long Beach Police Department, the LETR Final Leg brings everything full circle for Lt. Ledesma. His participation in the 2017 Torch ...

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 ...

The Healthy Side of The Games

With more than 1,100 Special Olympics athletes competing at the 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games, health and fitness becomes as important an aspect to the Games as the competitions themselves. With that, a major component to Special Olympics is the Healthy Athletes program, and it once again had a big role at ...

INSIDE SOSC: Fun, Inspiration Beyond the Games

Breakfast With Champions Steve Alford, the UCLA men’s basketball coach and keynote speaker of the event, recounted a story about how he didn’t have the 1984 Summer Olympic Games on his radar when he was a 19-year-old growing up in Indiana. Little did he know that it would be the start of something much greater, ...