Category: Volunteer

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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Volunteer Week: Mom and Daughter Team Up to Spread Inclusion

By Melanie Barrios There is nothing Pam loves more than watching her daughter succeed in Special Olympics. Pam Anderson knows the importance of Special Olympics and the impact it is having on people with intellectual disabilities. For the past two decades, Pam has had a front-row seat watching her daughter, Debi, accomplish many things some ...

Kinecta Federal Credit Union Supports We Run the City

By Andrew Higa Kinecta Federal Credit Union has been a longtime supporter of Special Olympics Southern California. From Plane Pull teams, a game booth at Pier Del Sol, to Fans in the Stands buses during the 2015 World Games, they have shown constant support for SOSC. Now, the company is back to support SOSC’s annual ...

INSIDE SOSC: Joyce Wittal Keeps Team Active Through Pandemic

By Zane Landin Special Olympics coaches not only teach athletes how to play their respective sports and improve, but they play an active role in the athletes’ lives. Some coaches go above and beyond in their roles, exemplifying servitude and passion. Joyce Wittal is one example of an extraordinary coach who has demonstrated admirable qualities ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes ‘Show You Their Heart, Spirit’

As Special Olympics Southern California athletes continue to work to remain in game shape and stay ready once competitions are cleared to resume, the medical professionals who volunteer in the Healthy Athletes village are eager to return when it's safe to do so, too. Among the free health screenings made available to athletes is FUNfitness—a ...

National Volunteer Week: Kaiser Permanente

Since April 2018, Kaiser Permanente Southern California has been the official health partner for Special Olympics Southern California.

National Volunteer Week: Officer Nick Sanchez

Special Olympics Southern California competitions are only part of the fun for Santa Maria Police officer Nick Sanchez.

National Volunteer Week: In the Coaches’ Words

Special Olympics Southern California coaches express what they enjoy about the role, find most rewarding, and more.

National Volunteer Week: Venue Managers

Editor's note: As part of National Volunteer Week, WeAreSOSC.org will highlight a handful of volunteers who have made a difference in the lives of Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Today, we are featuring venue managers. Check back each day to read about how our volunteers spread acceptance and inclusion throughout local communities. By Christine Baik Venue ...

National Volunteer Week: Sue Williams

Sue Williams brought the inclusion revolution to the Huntington Beach Union High School District.