Category: Coach

#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 ...

#SundaySpotlight: Fall Coach Honorees

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- At the conclusion of the fall sports season, Special Olympics Southern California honored the Coaches of the Season for Fall 2017. Earning the honor were Kayla Edwards (softball, Santa Barbara), Eileen Malumaleumu (bowling, Carson), Jacque Martin (tennis, Oceanside), Carly Matera (volleyball, San Luis Obispo) and Adam Sutphin (soccer, Glendale). Special Olympics ...

#Bestof2017: Little Voice

This last week of 2017, we have looked at some of the moments that define the movement here at Special Olympics Southern California. There were so many, but we are attempting to give you the "Best of 2017." Today, on the final day of 2017, we wrap-up our "Best of 2017" with this story about ...

Pushing Boundaries

Amanda Stegall was once hesitant about competing athletically – not because she wasn’t intrigued, but for safety reasons. Amanda, who has cerebral palsy, is appreciative of a selection of non-contact sports to remain active. “She’ll try anything now,” said her grandmother, Linda, a coach for Special Olympics Santa Clarita. Amanda, 25, participates in bocce in ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

INSIDE SOSC: Coaches in the #SundaySpotlight

Special Olympics Southern California coaches, regardless of sport, often come away with similar thoughts when they reflect upon their experience and interactions with the athletes. To paraphrase: You get back what you put in – and more. Lauren Clarke, who helped lead a USC group of coaches in the Los Angeles area, noted the affection ...

Through The Eyes of an Award Winner

Jim Cayer has supported Special Olympics Southern California for more than a decade as a volunteer photographer. His photographs are breathtaking and always put our athletes in the best light. He captures their determination, courage, and heart. His dedication to photographing the perfect shot of our athletes shows his passion for our movement and athletes. ...