Category: Volunteer

INSIDE SOSC: Volunteer Referee Makes the Right Call

By Ryan Lefever Being a referee, you have to make the right call at the right time and for Harlan Gathright, making the call to get involved with Special Olympics Southern California was one that he would not challenge . Harlan has been officiating basketball for over 30 years, and the love and passion for ...

2019 Bowling Coach of the Season Announced

Orange County coach Ngoc Lan Tran was named Special Olympics Southern California's bowling coach of the season at Saturday's championship event in Fountain Valley. An invaluable coach for the athletes on the Fountain Valley Sharkwaves, Lan has greatly contributed to the success of a team with more than 30 competitors. Although quiet with a calm ...

INSIDE SOSC: Bowlers Compete in Lakewood

by Brianna Pereira It was 9am on Saturday August 10th at the Cal Bowl Center in Lakewood, the sound of bowling balls pounding the floor as well as the shouts of praise from family and spectators, became almost deafening. Athletes from the Los Angeles County region and as far as San Gabriel Valley region gathered ...

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 ...

Plane Pull Spotlight – Grace True

Grace True first experienced working alongside individuals with intellectual disabilities during her rookie year life guarding in 2005. While at Bible College, she continued to learn more about working with children who are autistic. “I find pride and happiness when coaching children how to swim,” said Grace. “It gives me so much satisfaction to see ...

INSIDE SOSC: Western Regional Special Olympics Set Foundation

It was on this day 50 years ago the vision reached the west. The event was the first Western Regional Special Olympics, which included 900 athletes from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. The stage was the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was the starting point for each state and its own ...

INSIDE SOSC: Beth Selbe Lends More Than a Hand in San Diego Area

Beth Selbe does more than just coach Special Olympics Southern California athletes in the San Diego area. She’s also helping mold the next wave of athlete advocates. Beth is the mother to 26-year-old Thomas Selbe, a floor hockey and basketball player. Nearly a decade of Special Olympics memories in Thomas' time includes the floor hockey ...

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 ...