Category: USA Games

Making a Splash

By Sean Minnihan Nicolette Jones enjoys swimming in the blue waters of the pool in her backyard, but make no mistake that she has her sights set on gold for the next five months. A competitor in the 50-meter freestyle and 25-meter backstroke and breaststroke event, Nicolette has been preparing for this moment almost her ...

#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 ...

#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 ...

Bocce Athlete, Mother Preps for Return at 2018 USA Games

By Christian Barel Special Olympics Southern California aims to create unity through sports, and that is what the organization has done for Jennifer Ali. Through Special Olympics she has gotten more involved by competing, and built long-lasting friendships while at it. After a horrific car accident in 2003, Jennifer was welcomed by the Special Olympics ...

INSIDE SOSC: What to Expect in 2018

A new year brings new experiences, and 2018 will have a few in store for Special Olympics Southern California’s athletes and supporters. So here are a few events to put on your calendar: Celebrating a half-century! Special Olympics turns 50 this year! Stay tuned to this site and our social media channels as we celebrate ...

Michael Roth: Magnetizing

By Christian Barel As a child, Michael Roth was known for his magnetizing persona. At the age of 11, during a family trip to the Grand Canyon, he easily made friends with bystanders and would introduce them to his parents. There is something about Michael that can’t be missed. No matter what room he enters, ...

Paul Lapre: Banner Year

Few have had as thrilling a 2017 calendar year than Special Olympics Southern California softball athlete Paul Lapre, whose highlights include throwing out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium and a selection for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “All my dreams are finally coming true,” said Paul, who first started competing in 1968. The ...

Athlete Looks to Fulfill Hoop Dreams at USA Games

By Christian Barel Nihan Uslu finds balance in her life by practicing yoga. Four years of the tranquil activity has activated an interaction between her inner-self and body. Yoga is a big factor to centering her mind, especially while competing in Special Olympics. “Yoga always keeps me calm,” Nihan said. As an athlete, Nihan has ...

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 ...

Driven by Competiton

By Christian Barel Danielle Moore’s life has always been sports-centric. At a young age, she was regularly involved in different sports, playing in leagues for local churches and parks. It was through these organizations that Danielle got to practice what she loves to do: compete. She would play in the leagues until she surpassed the ...