Category: Volunteers

RTA Pase 3

Phase 3 of Return to Activity Begins June 1

Special Olympics Southern California is pleased to announce that as of June 1, we will begin Phase 3 of our Sports & Programs Return to Activity Plan.   The exact start date of Phase 3 activity for your program or team will be decided by coaches in coordination with the local SOSC office.  Please contact your ...

Kim Beckhart Helps To Spread Message Of Acceptance And Inclusion

Volunteer Spotlight: Kim Beckhart Helps To Spread Message Of Acceptance And Inclusion

By Terrionna Brockman “I’ve learned empathy, compassion, support, kindness—the littlest things are big things to a Special Olympics athlete. You might not think it’s a big deal, but when you look at their faces it’s a big deal. It’s a big deal that we show up and it’s a big deal that they get that ...

Mark Chiljian on the Power of Unified Programs

Volunteer Spotlight: Mark Chiljian on the Power of Unified Programs

By Peter Tkac Mark Chiljian is an educator at Mission Viejo High School in California, where he has taught and lead a Foundation Autism Challenges Class for the past 16 years. His school recently received National Banner Recognition as a result of its inclusive sports and activities for their students. Mark is a huge reason ...

Coach Max Glaser Makes a Change Through Physical Fitness

Volunteer Spotlight: Coach Max Glaser Makes a Change Through Physical Fitness

By Quyen Nguyen A passion for health and fitness led Max Glaser to Special Olympics Southern California, where he is a volunteer fitness coach. Through the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge (HLC) and his weekly HLC Fitness Club online meetups, he provides a range of engaging virtual workouts and helps athletes set healthy patterns in their daily ...

LAPD Deputy Chief Blake Chow

Volunteer Spotlight: Deputy Chief Blake Chow Was A Veteran Volunteer For Special Olympics Long Before Becoming An Officer

By Melanie Barrios Deputy Chief Blake Chow has been in law enforcement for an impressive 31 years. Being in law enforcement has given him different opportunities to interact with the community and make a difference in someone’s life., but Chow was already making a difference long before becoming an officer.   Deputy Chief Chow has ...

Meet Special Olympics Southern California volunteer coach La Shanda Shipp.

Volunteer Spotlight: Coach La Shanda Shipp Impacts Lives Of Athletes in Pomona Valley

By Kimberly Villa La Shanda Shipp’s inspiration to become a coach for Special Olympics began with a promise to her parents that if she became her brother, Tyrone’s, guardian, she would be sure to continue the activities that he was involved in. After being the supportive sister and accompanying him to practices, she realized that ...

SOSC’s New Volunteer Management Website

Special Olympics Southern California is excited to announce that we have launched a new volunteer management website, Get Connected. The website comes with a multitude of new and improved features that will help create the best experience for all SOSC volunteers. Some highlights include: Search for opportunities by distance from you, county, and category so ...

Celebrating Athletes

SOSC Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

We have some exciting news to announce regarding the Special Olympics Southern California Board of Directors. Since 2020, we have added nineteen accomplished and committed individuals to our esteemed Board. In 2020, we welcomed stellar newcomers Jennifer Pettit, Dr. Katherine Revoredo, Alan Martin, Bill Fields, and Krystal Johnson. 2021 saw an impressive class of fourteen ...

Christina Principe

The Athlete & Coach Bond

by Christian Bood In the pool of life, everyone deserves a support system to keep them afloat. Someone to guide us through the water when situations get tough or simply cheer us on when we are splashing past the competition. Special Olympics Athlete Christina Principe and Coach Leslie Runnelstover have a unique bond that began ...

Volunteer Week: A Passion for Basketball Leads to Lifelong Friends

By Rachel Bialkin The pandemic has suspended many things in our lives, but one thing it couldn’t stop is Scott Norton’s passion for Special Olympics, his love for the athletes he coaches, and his determination. Since 1999, Scott Norton has volunteered as a basketball coach for Special Olympics Southern California in the Santa Clarita area. ...

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