Special Olympics Provides Matthew Watkins with the Strength and Confidence to Be Himself

Matthew Watkins connection with Special Olympics Southern California is much bigger than training and competing in sports. Special Olympics helped him build his confidence and be true to himself. Matthew came out as a transgender man to his family when he was 18 and to his Special Olympics teammates and coaches when he was 20. ...

Basketball

Phase 2 of Return to Activity Begins April 11

More Sports. More Athletes. More Fun. Special Olympics Southern California is pleased to announce that as of April 11, we will move to Phase 2 of our Sports & Programs Return to Activity Plan. The exact start date of Phase 2 activity for your program or team will be decided by coaches in coordination with the ...

Richard Villa

Special Olympics Southern California Welcomes New Board Chair

LONG BEACH, CA (Friday, March 25, 2022) - Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) announces the appointment of Richard Villa as the Chair for the esteemed Board of Directors. Richard’s term as Board Chair goes through 2024, and he will bring decades of experience in finance and over 10 years of experience with the Special Olympics ...

LETR Spotlight: Chief Thomas E. Gazsi

Chief Gazsi started his career with the Los Angeles Port Police, hired as Deputy Chief to oversee Emergency Management Operations in 2014. In 2015, Gazsi was moved to an acting role and eventually appointed to Los Angeles Port Police Chief later that same year. In 2017, Chief Gazsi, gave Officer Stacey Creech the endorsement to ...

plungers splash into cold water of Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Polar Plunge Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Hundreds of people are expected to plunge into the chilly waters of Big Bear Lake to raise funds for Special Olympics Southern California athletes in Inland Empire during the 10th annual Big Bear Polar Plunge on Saturday, April 2.  Over the past nine years, thousands of people were freezin’ for a reason and raised more than ...

Shae Lopez

Tragic News Regarding SOSC Team Member Shae Lopez

We are deeply saddened to share that Shae Lopez, at the age of 33, passed away following a tragic car accident over the weekend. All of us at SOSC will miss her so much. For nearly six years, Shae worked in the Sports & Programs Department. She was passionate, fun, and caring. In a short time, ...

SOSC’s New Volunteer Management Website

Special Olympics Southern California is excited to announce that we have launched a new volunteer management website, Get Connected. The website comes with a multitude of new and improved features that will help create the best experience for all SOSC volunteers. Some highlights include: Search for opportunities by distance from you, county, and category so ...

Celebrating Athlete

CA Governor’s 2022-2023 Proposed Budget with Special Olympics Funding

Special Olympics Southern California is excited to share that Governor Newsom announced his proposed 2022-2023 budget, and he has included Special Olympics California. “An increase of $30 million one-time non-Proposition 98 General Fund, available over three-years, to support the Special Olympics in Northern and Southern California”. Not only does this increase  annual funding contributions from ...

Celebrating Athletes

SOSC Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

We have some exciting news to announce regarding the Special Olympics Southern California Board of Directors. Since 2020, we have added nineteen accomplished and committed individuals to our esteemed Board. In 2020, we welcomed stellar newcomers Jennifer Pettit, Dr. Katherine Revoredo, Alan Martin, Bill Fields, and Krystal Johnson. 2021 saw an impressive class of fourteen ...

Unified Champions School - Robinson Elementary

Mission Viejo High School and Robinson Elementary School to receive national recognition from Special Olympics for achievements with inclusion

Special Olympics Southern California has announced that Mission Viejo High School and Robinson Elementary School, two Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools, are receiving national banner recognition for their efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. Mission Viejo High School and Robinson Elementary School, both from Saddleback Valley Unified School ...

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