Category: Volunteer

A Chance to Promote Inclusion (and Play Some Football)

LONG BEACH, Calif. – On Sunday, nearly 2,000 runners will hit the campus of UCLA in the sixth annual We Run the City Rivalry Race presented by The Smile Generation. The 5K/10K is in support of Special Olympics Southern California and its more than 31,400 athletes. However, We Run The City is a lot more ...

Volunteer Provides ‘Big League’ Stage

By Christian Barel Adrian Williams finds joy and value in his career as general manager for Big League Dreams in Perris, Calif. For some, the role of general manager may seem like a simple job, but to Williams, it goes beyond administrative tasks. Williams, along with his staff, provide a venue that includes scaled-downed replicas ...

INSIDE SOSC: Volunteers Enhance Fall Games Experience

The athletes are always the central focus of any Special Olympics Southern California competition. But the execution only gets accomplished with the help of ready-and-willing volunteers. More than 1,000 volunteers in various roles – from sports officials to law enforcement to medical teams, and everything in-between – donated their time at the 2017 Fall Games ...

What They’re Saying at the 2017 Fall Games – Day 2

Every Fall Games competition brings together a wide array of athletes, coaches and volunteers. Here’s what some of them had to say Sunday during the second day of competition at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park, and Fountain Bowl: "I've worked with kids, anything from Down syndrome to autism... working with special education ...

INSIDE SOSC: Inspiration Abound at Fall Games on Day 1

Every year, Fall Games attracts more than 900 athletes throughout Special Olympics Southern California’s footprint. The common bond is most of, if not all, the athletes have overcome some sort of adversity via intellectual disability to compete and showcase their capabilities. The volunteers and fans in attendance certainly took notice Saturday for the first day ...

What They’re Saying at the 2017 Fall Games – Day 1

Every Fall Games competition brings together a wide array of athletes, coaches and volunteers. Here's what some of them had to say during the first day of competition at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park: "I learned about Special Olympics and thought it was a great opportunity. I wanted to join. The atmosphere ...

Coach: Athletes Are ‘Most Joyful Part of My Week’

Umberto Gatti can look at the athletes on the Special Olympics Southern California volleyball team he coaches in the South Bay and beam with pride. There’s no judgment or preconceived notions, no barriers based on appearance. Respect for one another is just a given. “Seeing our athletes hang out with each other, without thinking about ...

#SundaySpotlight: Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus keep Special Olympics Southern California's athletes, volunteers and staff fueled during Fall Games, preparing and serving thousands of meals over the two-day event. But the work starts even earlier than that. Steve Bolton, a member of Knights of Columbus for 18 years, was the lead who helped the service organization get ...

Healthy Athletes Provides Vital Service

San Diego County coach Jacque Martin has seen what an on-site Healthy Athletes station can do for Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Each year at both the Summer and Fall Games, clinical directors volunteer their services and offer free health exams to the athletes. At this year's Fall Games on Nov. 11 and 12 in ...

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 ...