Category: USA Games

INSIDE SOSC: Recapping 2018

With two weeks remaining in the calendar year, it's time to look back on 2018.  WeAreSOSC.org was created to help tell the stories of Special Olympics Southern California athletes and recap the various events and fundraisers. Here are some of the highlights (click subhead for full post): What it Means to Play Unified Back in ...

Unified Champion Schools: Fostering Youth Leaders

LONG BEACH - Through Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools, Special Olympics Southern California creates partnerships with schools and districts to help foster positive school climates for individuals with intellectual disabilities. During the 2017-18 school year, partnerships included 22 elementary schools, 20 middle schools, 50 high schools, three school districts and three universities. The goal of Unified Champion Schools is to promote the acceptance and ...

#SundaySpotlight: Top Moments From USA Games

A week like the one Special Olympics Southern California athletes, Unified partners, coaches and staff experienced at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle creates a lifetime of memories. In fact, it's difficult to narrow down the defining moments in a simple list but let's give it a shot. The Action and Intensity Special Olympics is ...

USA Games Spotlight: Jonathan Pierce

By Naomi Cahill and Tracy McDannald FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- In the time leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, one swimmer had officials buzzing. No way, the qualifying times couldn't possibly be right. Jonathan Pierce seems to have that "wow" effect -- whether it's his talent in the water or penchant for ...

2018 USA Games: July 6 Round-up

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The full group of Special Olympics Southern California swimmers made up the bulk of the schedule Friday, the final day of competition at the 2018 USA Games. Swimming Team SOSC's 4x100-meter relay team closed out the Games in breathtaking fashion, jumping from fourth to second place in the final leg to win ...

2018 USA Games: July 5 Round-up

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- As the competitions enter its final days, the intensity is palpable and Special Olympics Southern California seems to just get stronger. Swimming Five Team SOSC swimmers competed in separate divisions of the 50-meter freestyle, and one shattered a personal-best time Thursday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Nicolette Jones and ...

#USAGames Today: Grand Finale

SEATTLE, Wash. - It is the final day of competition for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Special Olympics Southern California athletes (Team SOSC) will take the stage on the track and in the pool before the closing ceremony will end the games at 7 p.m. The day will begin with Sarah Kovacs and Robert ...

USA Games Spotlight: Nicholas Laguna

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games represent quite the full-circle turnaround for 18-year-old Nicholas Kagasoff Laguna. It's also an emotional moment of joy for his fathers, Denny Kagasoff and Lawrence Laguna. The child who initially wanted nothing to do with the water has blossomed into a competitive swimmer for Special Olympics Southern California. ...

#USAGames Today: Medal Thursday for Team Sports

SEATTLE, Wash. - It is a big medal Thursday for Special Olympics Southern California (Team SOSC) at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. July 5 will be a busy day, especially in the team sports as medals will be given out in women's basketball, unified basketball, unified soccer and softball. It will also be a ...

2018 USA Games: July 4 Round-up

A handful of Special Olympics Southern California athletes celebrated the Fourth of July in style, raking in medals as the competitions heat up. Golf REDMOND, Wash. -- All three Team SOSC golfers medaled in their respective divisions Wednesday at Willows Run Golf Course. Both Kent Menendez and Kyle Aragon had a host of supporters make ...