Rams Punter Reaches Out to Special Olympics

By Naomi Cahill What began as a high school volunteer service project has grown into a passion for Johnny Hekker. Now, the Los Angeles Rams’ All-Pro punter is helping launch this year’s Albertsons Companies Foundation, The Vons Foundation and The Pavilions Foundation campaign – where shoppers can donate at the checkout counter of Albertsons, Vons ...

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 ...

Rams Led Camp Begins July Partnership

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams are partnering with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) to host a series of flag football camps in 2017. These camps will give SOSC athletes a preview of the sport. The first of these camps is Saturday, July 8 and continues a month of #CelebratingChampions. The camps are for ...

#SundaySpotlight: Find Their Voice

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Last week we began a new series on WeAreSOSC.org called #SundaySpotlight. Fittingly, our spotlight was the Special Olympics Southern California athletes, specifically their competitive spirit at the 2017 Summer Games. This week we stay focused on our athletes, but our #SundaySpotlight turns to the Athlete Leadership Programs that allow athletes to ...

Shakey’s Turns Great Food Into Pure Gold

Alhambra, CA (July 1, 2017) – Shakey’s Pizza restaurants of Southern California has partnered with Special Olympics to raise funds in support of the 30,731 athletes who train and compete in Southern California. During the month-long fundraiser, guests who make a donation at any participating Shakey’s Pizza location from July 1st through July 31st will ...

Southern California Delegation Set for 2018 USA Games

LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 29, 2017) – A year from now, more than 70,000 will descend on Seattle, Wash., to celebrate the awe-inspiring abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games held July 1-6, 2018. Among the 3,500 athletes that will compete in the USA Games will be 70 from ...

#SundaySpotlight: We Got Some Heat

Today we begin our #SundaySpotlight series on WeAreSOSC.org and our first feature fittingly starts with the athletes.  Our spotlight will be a little more focused, so today we will take a look specifically at the competition. From the waters of the pool to the links of the golf course, then to the mat at gymnastics, ...

We Run #SaturdaySweat Promotion

LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 23) – Calling all runners. The seasonal calendar officially turned to summer this month, and that means extended daylight to get in great Saturday morning runs. And we want to know about them as you get ready for the 2017 We Run The City 5K/10K presented by @The Smile Generation. The ...

INSIDE SOSC: Big Crowds Mean Bigger Confidence Boosts

Several athletes at Special Olympics Southern California can pinpoint a variety of aspects they enjoy most about competing. A solid number of responses will tie back to the atmosphere and encouragement they receive from a supportive group of engaged spectators. Many will tell you that the roar of a crowd can result in a significant ...

From UCSB to Special Olympics

By Naomi Cahill UC Santa Barbara alumna Jordan Franey brought her A-game to the basketball court for this year’s Summer Games – not as an athlete, but as a referee. The former Division I women’s basketball player was running up and down the court, blowing her whistle and guiding the players to ensure a fair ...