Category: Volunteer

Volleyball Strengthens Twins’ Bond

Ryan and Taylor Schubert are more than just brother and sister. The Schuberts, who are also twins, share a player-coach relationship for the Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley volleyball team. The bond through volleyball started when they were about 12 years old. At first, Ryan was more involved with basketball and swimming. Growing up, Taylor’s ...

Celebrating #NationalPancakeDay

Sept. 26 marks National Pancake Day. For anyone who has worked Special Olympics Southern California’s Summer Games, the pancake means one thing – the volunteer breakfast. Rich Hardy has been behind the griddle for the last 15 years, serving up several thousands of flapjacks to volunteers. Hardy has provided his services through the Kiwanis Club. “We’ve ...

PHOTOS: 2017 Plane Pull

It was an amazing day on the tarmac of the Long Beach Airport for the 12th annual Plane Pull benefiting Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Here some of the images from Saturday. For a recap on Saturday's Plane Pull, CLICK HERE. For all the photos, visit the SOSC gallery on FLICKR.

#SUNDAYSPOTLIGHT: An Involved Finale

Special Olympics Southern California LA Galaxy Unified team had their final workout of the 2017 season as they prepare for their final game on Sunday, Aug. 27 at the StubHub Center. The final work out had some help as volunteers from SOSC and LA Galaxy partner Herbalife came and provided a big assist. The volunteers ...

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Grabs ESPN Spotlight

Dustin Plunkett is no stranger to the ESPN cameras – but on Wednesday he was among those celebrated as Special Olympics took center stage at the 25th annual ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Plunkett, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and headquarters staff member, was among 25 Special Olympics athletes from around the country who ...

Rams Punter Reaches Out to Special Olympics

By Naomi Cahill What began as a high school volunteer service project has grown into a passion for Johnny Hekker. Now, the Los Angeles Rams’ All-Pro punter is helping launch this year’s Albertsons Companies Foundation, The Vons Foundation and The Pavilions Foundation campaign – where shoppers can donate at the checkout counter of Albertsons, Vons ...

INSIDE SOSC: Coaches in the #SundaySpotlight

Special Olympics Southern California coaches, regardless of sport, often come away with similar thoughts when they reflect upon their experience and interactions with the athletes. To paraphrase: You get back what you put in – and more. Lauren Clarke, who helped lead a USC group of coaches in the Los Angeles area, noted the affection ...

INSIDE SOSC: Big Crowds Mean Bigger Confidence Boosts

Several athletes at Special Olympics Southern California can pinpoint a variety of aspects they enjoy most about competing. A solid number of responses will tie back to the atmosphere and encouragement they receive from a supportive group of engaged spectators. Many will tell you that the roar of a crowd can result in a significant ...

From UCSB to Special Olympics

By Naomi Cahill UC Santa Barbara alumna Jordan Franey brought her A-game to the basketball court for this year’s Summer Games – not as an athlete, but as a referee. The former Division I women’s basketball player was running up and down the court, blowing her whistle and guiding the players to ensure a fair ...

The Healthy Side of The Games

With more than 1,100 Special Olympics athletes competing at the 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games, health and fitness becomes as important an aspect to the Games as the competitions themselves. With that, a major component to Special Olympics is the Healthy Athletes program, and it once again had a big role at ...