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 ...

Summer Fun & Food, For A Cause

LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 21, 2017) - Today, June 21, marks the first day of summer and it will be a season of fun, food and events for a good cause. The summer months feature fundraising events that will directly impact Special Olympics Southern California athletes. The month of July will feature a pair of ...

Hard Work Brings Torch to Games

For 27 years, Eric Ledesma has been a police officer and in each of those years, he has been involved with Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Now a Lieutenant for the Long Beach Police Department, the LETR Final Leg brings everything full circle for Lt. Ledesma. His participation in the 2017 Torch ...