INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Hits Home For Pier del Sol Chefs

Several chefs put their products secondary to the underlying theme of raising awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities at this past Sunday’s Pier del Sol fundraiser in Santa Monica. That’s because a handful have been directly impacted by family members directly involved with Special Olympics. Joseph Pitruzzelli, a chef at Wurstkuche, works alongside his brother, ...

Pier del Sol Celebrates Decades of Longtime Support

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2017) – Sunday will be the 21st Pier del Sol, an annual event featuring the top chefs and restaurants in Los Angeles gathering together in a fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California and its more than 31,000 athletes. In the previous 20 years, there have been 178 restaurants/chefs on record ...

SOSC Announces Upcoming Changes to Sports Offerings

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Special Olympics Southern California has unveiled a new sports plan that will maximize the amount of training and competition for athletes year-round, allow it to serve more athletes than ever before, and enhance the athlete experience. A Sports Taskforce formed in 2016 to assess SOSC’s sports offerings and ...

Celebrating #NationalPancakeDay

Sept. 26 marks National Pancake Day. For anyone who has worked Special Olympics Southern California’s Summer Games, the pancake means one thing – the volunteer breakfast. Rich Hardy has been behind the griddle for the last 15 years, serving up several thousands of flapjacks to volunteers. Hardy has provided his services through the Kiwanis Club. “We’ve ...

Restaurants & Chefs Lined Up For Pier del Sol

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2017) – Special Olympics Southern California invites you to a unique Oktoberfest experience this year at the 21st annual Pier del Sol fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Oktoberfest celebration will be like none other, one that fuses great food and amusement park experiences ...

#SundaySpotlight: United in Passion

LONG BEACH – When you dine at a Chef Gino Angelini restaurant, you can see and taste the amount of passion and pride he puts into his food and its presentation. It is who he is. Why shouldn’t it be, since he has devoted his life to it since he was 14? With that passion ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes Put the ‘FUN’ in FUNdamentals Camp

Forty-five Special Olympics Southern California athletes from Ventura and Santa Barbara County learned a handful of tips from a pro football player Thursday night at Ventura College. The athletes came prepared with some end zone celebration routines, too. Los Angeles Rams All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker led the athletes through six drill stations as part of ...

INSIDE SOSC: Motivating for Athletes, Inspiring for Fans

The most underrated part of Special Olympics competitions is Fans in the Stands. Athletes love the opportunity to compete in front of cheering and adoring fans, but it has tremendous impact on their parents. “There’s nothing better than people cheering for your kid,” says Karren McClenahan, mother of track athlete Kelly. While athletes and parents ...

#SundaySpotlight: Unified Champion Schools

LONG BEACH – The school year is in full swing and so too is the recruitment of Unified Champion Schools through Special Olympics Southern California's Schools Program. In partnership with schools and school districts, Special Olympics Southern California utilizes the Unified Champion Schools strategy to activate youth to develop school communities where young people are ...

PHOTOS: A Day at Melissa’s

A #ThrowbackThursday for our photo gallery this week. Last week Melissa's Produce hosted an event with the top food bloggers from Southern California to talk Pier del Sol and the many amazing recipes that can be tasted during the annual event. Thank you to everyone who attended and showed support for the 21st annual Pier ...