Category: Unified Sports

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Returns to Capitol Hill, and More

Special Olympics athletes, organization leaders, Unified Sports partners and family members from across the country made the trip to Washington D.C. last week to participate in Special Olympics' annual "Capitol Hill Day." Meanwhile, in Southern California, one Unified team is hosting tryouts and interested individuals may find themselves in an L.A. Galaxy Unified jersey. Capitol ...

SOSC Coach Teaches ‘The L.A. Way’

By Ryan Lefever In the city of angels, there’s one thing that’s making a difference in a special way. Cristian Ortiz, 39, is the head coach for the LAFC Special Olympics team and the L.A. Galaxy Unified soccer team. He has coached with Special Olympics for six years, and he also is an adaptive physical ...

INSIDE SOSC: SoCal, Minnesota Athletes Unify on Football Field

Special Olympics Unified flag football teams from Southern California and Minnesota were treated to quite the NFL experience Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. Three hours prior to the Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings’ contest, the Unified teams squared off on the gridiron in 5-on-5 action (three athletes and two Unified partners). ...

The Minnesota Vikings & LA Chargers to Host Unified Flag Football Game

Watch Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement compete to raise money for Special Olympics LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2019) — Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement will take to the gridiron to compete in the Unified LA Chargers vs Minnesota Vikings flag football game on December 15 at Dignity Health Sports Park. This exhibition ...

INSIDE SOSC: August Events Heat Up

The first half of August has been loaded with bowling season competitions, thrilling fundraisers and even some street hoops action featuring Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Bowling Season Rolls Along Athletes gathered at Valencia Lanes in Newhall, where there was wall-to-wall competition, comradery, and fun on Aug. 10. The atmosphere in the bowling alley was ...

INSIDE NEWS: ESPN Reporter Recognized for Work with Special Olympics

ESPN reporter Michele Steele was recognized for her volunteer work with Special Olympics as she was named the 2019 Commentator of the Year as part of the network's volunteer of the year awards announced last Friday. Per the release, the awards focused on employees who are self-directed in their service and committed to supporting their ...

INSIDE SOSC: Unified Bowling a Hit in Ventura

Unified bowling was a successful addition to last Saturday's Ventura County regional bowling competition at Buena Lanes. Unified bowling, which pairs individuals with and without intellectual disabilities together, was part of the morning's team competition while the individual divisions took place in the afternoon session. In all, 120 bowlers split into teams of four filled ...

Participants chosen to represent LA Galaxy SOSC Unified at the MLS All-Star Week

Later this month, MLS and ESPN will host the 6 Annual Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Experience. The final match will be on July 31 at the Orlando City Stadium. The game will feature participants both with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Southern California athletes Logan Jones and Juan Ortega, alongside Coach Jorge ...

INSIDE NEWS: L.A. Times on Rafer Johnson; Trabuco Hills HS Honored

Editor's note: Welcome to the first installment of Inside News, which will highlight stories of Special Olympics Southern California athletes and programs generated by media outlets and other outside sources. By now, you might be aware of the LA84 Foundation Library's exhibit of SOSC founder Rafer Johnson. Earlier this year, Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke spent ...

INSIDE SOSC: 50 Years of Progress, and Counting

For much of the past handful of years, Special Olympics Southern California President/CEO Bill Shumard has left the staff a simple, gentle reminder. What got us here, won't take us there. In many ways, that type of approach can explain how an organization celebrating its 50-year anniversary has evolved and continued to make an impact ...