Category: Volunteer

Schuberts Make Volleyball Family Affair

By Emma Lee When walking into the gym at this year’s Special Olympics Southern California Fall Games, your eyes were bound to find the Santa Clarita volleyball team, as cheers of excitement frequently arose. A large portion of those cheers were produced by the Schubert twins, Ryan and Taylor. Ryan, an athlete, began playing volleyball ...

What They’re Saying at the 2019 Fall Games – Day 2

Another Special Olympics Southern California Fall Games in the books, and the two-day event created many memories that will last a lifetime. Here's what athletes, coaches, volunteers and various others had to say Sunday at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park: “A great two-day experience. In watching the athletes, I’m seeing a lot ...

What They’re Saying at the 2019 Fall Games – Day 1

Special Olympics Southern California athletes, coaches, volunteer, supporters, and more, had plenty to say Saturday as the 2019 Fall Games got underway in Fountain Valley. “I’m with my bestie and we do this together as a team.” -Shelby Van Zant, 29, volleyball player for Inland Empire Mojave River Rogue “We have been an eight-year national ...

SOSC Announces 2019 Fall Coaches of the Season

Special Olympics Southern California presented five coaches with Coach of the Season awards in their respective sports Saturday during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2019 Fall Games at the Fountain Valley Sports Park and Recreation Center. Softball: James Saunders, Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley James Saunders has coached in almost all sports within the ...

INSIDE SOSC: Inspiration Knows No Bounds

More than 180 athletes took part in soccer, softball, tennis and skills competitions at the 2019 North Divisional Fall Games last Saturday in Santa Maria. For athletes like Maria Sandoval of Santa Maria, the competitions represent more than just a game. The 56-year-old is often smiling, laughing and even encouraging those she competes against. On ...

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 ...