Athlete Leadership Program Empowers, Provides Growth Opportunity

Special Olympics Southern California athletes look up to peers like Paul Hoffman. The 60-year-old not only excels in sports, but he’s become an example of what individuals with intellectual disabilities are capable of when given the opportunity to tell their story – in their own words. In 1992, Paul was named the first Global Messenger ...

INSIDE SOSC: IE Regional Fall Games

For a sixth year, Big League Dreams' facility played host to the Inland Empire Regional Fall Games this past weekend in Perris. Special Olympics Southern California athletes competed in soccer and softball, and the team of 67 Big League Dreams staff members assisted in scorekeeping, announcing, field setup and maintenance, security, and more. Several athletes ...

INSIDE SOSC: Busy Weekend of Action, Fun for Athletes

Special Olympics Southern California athletes showed that they work hard, and play even harder, this past weekend. Four competitions were spread out on the weekend, from as far north as Santa Maria to as down south as Riverside -- including the North Divisional Fall Games and Orange County's Regional Fall Games. Then, on Sunday, several ...

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2018 Pier del Sol – Cheers to 50!

WHO/WHAT: Special Olympics Southern California Pier del Sol Food & Spirit Festival Media Events and Opportunities WHERE: Santa Monica Pier & Pacific Park (200 Santa Monica Pier, Suite A Santa Monica, CA 90401) WHEN: Sunday, October 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. BASICS: On October 14, join some of the best chefs and restaurants in Los Angeles as ...

Celebrate 50 Years, Pier del Sol with Pink’s Hot Dogs

By Austin Gould Pink’s Hot Dogs is ready to join the party and celebrate Special Olympics' 50th anniversary. Pink’s Hot Dogs is the Honorary Chef for the 22nd annual Pier del Sol at Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park on October 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Richard Pink, the owner of Pink’s Hot Dogs and ...

2018 Pier del Sol: Cheers to 50!

LONG BEACH, Calif.  – On October 14th, join some of the best chefs and restaurants in Los Angeles as we celebrate Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary at the 2018 Pier del Sol, an event that fuses great food with an amusement park experience to benefit Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Tickets for the 22nd annual Pier ...

Tri-Valley Athlete Recognized for Outstanding Outreach

Michael Leon, a Special Olympics Tri-Valley athlete and Global Messenger, was presented with the Richard L. Van Kirk Outstanding Outreach Achievement Award on Thursday for his work in advancing the Special Olympics movement. Michael, a Global Messenger since 2015, speaks to a number community groups, churches and schools about living with autism and type-1 diabetes. ...

Warren HS Named as ‘ESPN Top-5’ UCS

LONG BEACH - What started as a social club a decade ago at Warren High School is now a nationally recognized program. Warren High School, part of the Downey Unified School District, was one of 30 Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools selected Aug. 30 as part of the first class of ESPN Honor Roll schools. ...

San Diego Athletes Find Friendship Through Special Olympics

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - Kian Barzi and Troy Horton share a friendship that their bowling coach describes as "the yin and the yang." The San Diego athletes met through Special Olympics as soccer teammates three years ago. Kian, 13, is a bit more reserved while Troy, 17, will introduce himself to just about anyone, and ...

INSIDE SOSC: Championship An Attention Getter

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - Special Olympics Southern California's Bowling Championship brought out the best in nearly 400 athletes who competed Saturday in a pair of sessions at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley. LINKS: Results | Photo Gallery Special Olympics Inland Empire had a strong showing in the morning session. Of the 47 divisions (29 male ...