Category: Volunteer

INSIDE SOSC: Recapping OC Spring Games

Nearly 900 athletes made the trip to Irvine High School and William Woollett Aquatics Center to compete in basketball, bocce, swimming, and track and field Saturday at the Orange County Regional Spring Games. PHOTOS: 2018 OC Regional Spring Games In addition, nearly 300 volunteers helped make the event a memorable experience. For one volunteer, though, ...

INSIDE SOSC: Volunteers Drive Regional Competitions

It was a fitting end to National Volunteer Week last weekend at regional competitions throughout Special Olympics Southern California. Volunteers came out in record numbers to support some of the longer running regional competitions, including the Pomona Valley Area Games at Boys Republic and the San Diego County Athletics Regional at Point Loma Nazarene University.  ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Elyse Garcia

Elyse Garcia and her family have been helping individuals with intellectual disabilities longer than Special Olympics Southern California has carried its current name. Her mother used to run a swimming program with the Jewish Community Center, and she was approached by the Western Games – which would go on to become the California Special Olympics. ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Partnerships in Pictures

Partners of Special Olympics Southern California are a big part of assisting our 34,500 #SOSCAthletes to play sports and thrive. There is so much more to it. Their employees rally together and go above and beyond to spread inclusion and acceptance. Their role as volunteers is a big part of our movement. For #VolunteerWeek, today's ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Thank You, Coaches

As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, Special Olympics Southern California would like to recognize the coaches who volunteer their time to help train our more than 34,000 athletes. It is often said that they are impacted more than the athletes they coach. In fact, here are some of the coaches, in their own words, from ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Mike Zabarsky

By Sean Minnihan At any number of Special Olympics Southern California Area or Regional events, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see someone wearing one of our many hats, T-shirts, or sweatshirts you can purchase from the Rafer’s Boutique souvenir shop. But an SOSC T-shirt found 6,509 miles away in Auckland, New Zealand takes a little ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Valerie Ruiz

By Ashley Carney The Sweetwater Union High School District in San Diego awarded Valerie Ruiz “Special Educator of the Year” for her tireless work and dedication toward getting the district involved with Special Olympics Unified Sports. When Unified Sports was first introduced to the SUHSD in January 2016, Valerie was in the middle of a ...

#SundaySpotlight: David Amavisca

David Amavisca’s involvement with Special Olympics Southern California started as a parent, like many. David and his wife, Yndira, then branched out into volunteering, and specifically coaching. David’s impact has reached far more than just his son, Elias, as he was named the 2018 Floor Hockey Coach of the Season. David, a Santa Maria resident, ...

#SundaySpotlight: Officials Travel Extra Mile

By Tracy McDannald and Sean Minnihan Attend a Special Olympics Southern California event and it will be hard to miss spotting a volunteer in any direction you turn. They assist in several capacities, from coaches to souvenir boutique volunteers to medics. Yet, perhaps the easiest place to overlook a volunteer at work is on the ...

#SundaySpotlight: Kent Menendez

By Christian Barel Trying something new can be a path to a lifelong passion. For Kent Menendez, this statement holds true. Not afraid to immerse himself in new experiences, he attempted playing almost every sport. However, with those sports something didn’t seem to mesh with him. Well, at least that was the case, until he ...