Category: Coach

From Student to Mentor

Mike Dyer wants to help Special Olympics Southern California athletes reach the same thrills he experienced during his time as an athlete. A right shoulder injury in 2018 and a pair of surgeries may have cut his time on the basketball court short, but Mike had a plan in place years prior to transition into ...

SOSC Coach Teaches ‘The L.A. Way’

By Ryan Lefever In the city of angels, there’s one thing that’s making a difference in a special way. Cristian Ortiz, 39, is the head coach for the LAFC Special Olympics team and the L.A. Galaxy Unified soccer team. He has coached with Special Olympics for six years, and he also is an adaptive physical ...

Schuberts Make Volleyball A 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 ...

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 SOSC: Beth Selbe Lends More Than a Hand in San Diego Area

Beth Selbe does more than just coach Special Olympics Southern California athletes in the San Diego area. She’s also helping mold the next wave of athlete advocates. Beth is the mother to 26-year-old Thomas Selbe, a floor hockey and basketball player. Nearly a decade of Special Olympics memories in Thomas' time includes the floor hockey ...