Category: Unified Sports

LA Galaxy Unified Match Friday Under the Lights

LONG BEACH - The LA Galaxy Special Olympics Southern California Unified Team will kick off their 2018 season at StubHub Center on Friday, May 25 following the LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes MLS match when they face the LA Galaxy Academy. Tickets to the doubleheader can be purchased at www.lagalaxy.com/tickets. Match time for Galaxy-Earthquakes ...

USA Games Spotlight: Ruby Gonzales and Ashley Schroff

By Hannah van Warmerdam Being involved in sports has many benefits. It brings people together, helps teach valuable lessons, encourages others to achieve goals and ultimately creates unity among team members. Unified sports provides these opportunities for players both with and without intellectual disabilities to compete in a friendly, yet competitive atmosphere. Athletes such as ...

USA Games Spotlight: Pilar Roncoroni

By Sean Minnihan Pilar Roncoroni got her start with Unified Sports because her mother, but it wouldn’t take long for her to recognize that she had fully embraced her role in playing soccer with her fellow Special Olympics athletes. Unified Sports, for Pilar, started as a school program to participate in, and now she is ...

LA Galaxy Unified Squad for 2018 Announced

LONG BEACH - The LA Galaxy and Special Olympics Southern California are proud to announce the 2018 LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Soccer Team. The 20 individuals went through a ceremonial Signing Day on May 3 at the StubHub Center and begin practice for the 2018 season. LA Galaxy Media:  Video  |  Photos  |  Release  |  ...

USA Games Spotlight: Satanna Chapman and Danielle Morgan

By Sean Minnihan “Team sports bring people together.” That line best sums up Unified Sports in Special Olympics, and Special Olympics athlete Satanna Chapman and Unified partner Danielle Morgan are a perfect example. They’re helping to break down barriers and promote inclusion in sports as part of the Lompoc High School Unified basketball team that ...

USA Games Spotlight: Everardo Velador

Everardo Velador has interests that extend beyond the soccer field. In fact, you would have to go as far back as ancient Greece. When asked what time period he would like to visit, the 17-year-old perked up and mentioned his love for studying the likes of Plato and Alexander the Great. “328 B.C.,” Everardo said, ...

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 ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Valerie Ruiz

By Ashley Carney The Sweetwater Union High School District in San Diego awarded Valerie Ruiz “Special Educator of the Year” for her tireless work and dedication toward getting the district involved with Special Olympics Unified Sports. When Unified Sports was first introduced to the SUHSD in January 2016, Valerie was in the middle of a ...

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 ...

#SundaySpotlight: Lompoc Teammates, Friends Play Unified

April celebrates National Autism Awareness month, and Special Olympics Southern California serves quite a few athletes who are glowing examples of how intellectual disabilities do not define their lives. SOSC also works with Unified partners who are just as impactful and help promote an inclusive environment the organization encourages. Among them is Walker Grossi, a ...