Category: Volunteer

Athletes Close Out 2019 Summer Games

Fifty years of progress can be difficult to sum up succinctly. The athletes of Special Olympics Southern California instead showed what that progress looks like over the weekend at Cal State Long Beach. The organization, which is celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2019, wrapped up the annual two-day Summer Games competition on Sunday. More than 1,100 ...

What They’re Saying at 2019 Summer Games – Day 2

Special Olympics Southern California's athletes, coaches and volunteers brought the same enthusiasm to Day 2 of the 50th annual Summer Games on Sunday at Cal State Long Beach. Medals were won, high-fives were exchanged and lifelong memories were created. Here's what a few of the attendees had to say: "It's like a family to me. ...

Stars Come Out for Day 1 of 2019 Summer Games

More than 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes came prepared to put their best effort forward in five sports Saturday at the annual Summer Games competition at Cal State Long Beach. Summer Games, a two-day event, features competitions in athletics (track and field), basketball, bocce, flag football and swimming. This is the first year flag ...

What They’re Saying at 2019 Summer Games – Day 1

The first of two days of Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games action is in the books. The event brings together an assortment of people from across Southern California. Here's what a few of them had to say on Day 1: “My favorite part is racing against people so I can challenge them." -John Rojo, ...

Nordholm Family Leads by Example

By Alexandra Dickens The Nordholm family has stayed true to Special Olympics Southern California’s mission. Their story is one that will not be forgotten, as the Nordholms have helped change lives for the past 50 years “through the simple power of sport.” Their contributions will be celebrated Saturday at this year’s Breakfast with Champions from ...

South Bay Coach Preaches Team First

By Julie Devine For South Bay coach Dave Barro, Special Olympics Southern California is an experience of a lifetime. In more than nine years, he has seen basketball transform lives and continue to shape athletes with determination, and provide a sense of community. A former high school basketball player, Dave began his involvement with SOSC ...

Steve Bolton: ‘We Are the Edge of the Movement’

By Tessa Sechler Volunteers within Special Olympics could easily be compared to the oil that flows through a machine, allowing everything to run smoothly. From setup, meal services and overall constant support, volunteers are the people that the athletes see most. Special Olympics could not be the success that it is without the work of ...

INSIDE SOSC: Competition, Tip-A-Cops Start the Spring

This past week of events around Special Olympics Southern California included the 2019 Tri-Valley Glendale Regional Spring Games and Tip-A-Cop fundraisers at Claim Jumper restaurant locations. Young Athletes Provides a Foundation Jonathan Tiu sees his 10-year-old son, Luca, and wonders what life may look like without Special Olympics. Maybe it includes weekends sitting around the ...

National Volunteer Week: Patricia Matthews

By Kelsey Lewis Happiness and positivity energizes anyone and everyone. For Patricia Matthews, Community Relations Officer of Homeland Security, volunteering is always a happy surprise. She never knows what she’s going to see or experience at any of the opportunities, but she knows it’s going to be good. She’s driven by how being with Special ...

National Volunteer Week: In the Coaches’ Words

Coaches come from various backgrounds at Special Olympics Southern California. Some have personal connections to a particular sport and wanted a way to give back, others are law enforcement officers making time despite a busy schedule. Whatever the backstory may be, the coaches all share a common joy in watching the athletes grow. "I love ...