USA Games Athlete Spotlight: Nathan Yamazaki Excited To Make a Splash in Orlando

By Quyen Nguyen  There is no limit to how great an athlete can be and Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) swimming athlete, Nathan Yamazaki is a great example of that. He was ecstatic when he received news that he would be participating in USA Games for the first time in Orlando, Florida. He is excited ...

Kim Beckhart Helps To Spread Message Of Acceptance And Inclusion

Volunteer Spotlight: Kim Beckhart Helps To Spread Message Of Acceptance And Inclusion

By Terrionna Brockman “I’ve learned empathy, compassion, support, kindness—the littlest things are big things to a Special Olympics athlete. You might not think it’s a big deal, but when you look at their faces it’s a big deal. It’s a big deal that we show up and it’s a big deal that they get that ...

Mark Chiljian on the Power of Unified Programs

Volunteer Spotlight: Mark Chiljian on the Power of Unified Programs

By Peter Tkac Mark Chiljian is an educator at Mission Viejo High School in California, where he has taught and lead a Foundation Autism Challenges Class for the past 16 years. His school recently received National Banner Recognition as a result of its inclusive sports and activities for their students. Mark is a huge reason ...

Coach Max Glaser Makes a Change Through Physical Fitness

Volunteer Spotlight: Coach Max Glaser Makes a Change Through Physical Fitness

By Quyen Nguyen A passion for health and fitness led Max Glaser to Special Olympics Southern California, where he is a volunteer fitness coach. Through the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge (HLC) and his weekly HLC Fitness Club online meetups, he provides a range of engaging virtual workouts and helps athletes set healthy patterns in their daily ...

LAPD Deputy Chief Blake Chow

Volunteer Spotlight: Deputy Chief Blake Chow Was A Veteran Volunteer For Special Olympics Long Before Becoming An Officer

By Melanie Barrios Deputy Chief Blake Chow has been in law enforcement for an impressive 31 years. Being in law enforcement has given him different opportunities to interact with the community and make a difference in someone’s life., but Chow was already making a difference long before becoming an officer.   Deputy Chief Chow has ...

Meet Special Olympics Southern California volunteer coach La Shanda Shipp.

Volunteer Spotlight: Coach La Shanda Shipp Impacts Lives Of Athletes in Pomona Valley

By Kimberly Villa La Shanda Shipp’s inspiration to become a coach for Special Olympics began with a promise to her parents that if she became her brother, Tyrone’s, guardian, she would be sure to continue the activities that he was involved in. After being the supportive sister and accompanying him to practices, she realized that ...

Athlete Michael Leon to Represent SOSC at the 2022 USA Games Torch Run Final Leg

Before competition begins in June at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, an elite group of law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes will escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on a journey across Florida. Law enforcement officers along with Special Olympics athletes will make up the prestigious “Final Leg” team for ...

Michael Zabarsky to Represent SOSC LETR at the 2022 USA Games Torch Run Final Leg

Before competition begins in June at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, an elite group of law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes will escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on a journey across Florida. Law enforcement officers along with Special Olympics athletes will make up the prestigious “Final Leg” team for ...

Kim Unland

Captain Kim Unland Retires After 33 Years

Captain Kimberly Unland of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is retiring after 33 years of service. Captain Unland has served Special Olympics Southern California and the Law Enforcement Torch Run Council in exemplary fashion for more than a decade. She was first named to the LETR Council in 2010 after serving as a key ...

2022 Special Olympics USA Games Selects Athletes for Final Leg of Multi-State, Two Week Law Enforcement Torch Run

Guardians of the Flame of Hope will carry the iconic torch during the Final Leg leading up to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games taking place in Orlando, Florida, June 5 through 12.

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