USA Games Spotlight: Jennifer Palacios

Jennifer Palacios' involvement with Special Olympics Southern California has led to happiness and a growing comfort socially. Now, in five days, it will take her to Seattle for a week sure to be full of memorable moments. Jennifer is one of 66 athletes taking part in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, which will be ...

ESPN Coverage for USA Games Begins July 1

LONG BEACH, Calif. - ESPN’s coverage of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle will begin July 1 with a live two-and-a-half hour special on ABC capturing the inspiration, pageantry, performances and special guests of the USA Games Opening Ceremony. Kevin Negandhi will host ESPN’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony, and will anchor its nightly coverage ...

#SundaySpotlight: Fabiola Aceves

Fabiola Aceves has grown into a more independent, open-minded individual since we last caught up with her at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Now, she’s preparing for this summer’s USA Games and is excelling in a different sport – a team sport. Fabiola, who earned a pair of silver medals in tennis less than ...

LAPD Captain Sees ‘Great Honor’ in USA Games Final Leg

Captain Al Labrada of the Los Angeles Police Department sees pride and joy when he watches the athletes of Special Olympics Southern California. There's a palpable competitive spirit among the athletes as they "challenge one another," but also an equal respect afterward. Labrada, the Patrol Commanding Officer for the Hollenbeck Area, is gearing up to ...

USA Games Spotlight: Kiana Yep

Swimmer Kiana Yep embodies the strength of a Special Olympics athlete. Kiana, who uses a wheelchair, powers her way through the water -- and it's helped her and 65 other Special Olympics Southern California athletes make it to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. The Games will be held July 1-6 in Seattle. Special Olympics ...

USA Games Spotlight: Amanda Maling

Amanda Maling and her bocce teammates are looking to add to their gold medal count in 2018. Amanda is one of four bocce athletes competing as part of the Inland Empire Morongo Basin team at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games from July 1-6 in Seattle. Her partner in doubles action will be Michelle Pence. ...

USA Games Spotlight: Nicolette Jones

Swimmer Nicolette Jones has the good kind of nerves many athletes experience before a big competition. Nikki, as many people around Special Olympics Southern California have come to know her, will have plenty of chances to channel those feelings at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games from July 1-6 in Seattle. "I'm excited," Nikki said. ...

USA Games Spotlight: Krystal Johnson

The embarrassment of riches keep coming for Krystal Johnson. Less than two weeks away from participation at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, it was announced Wednesday that the Western San Bernardino athlete was one of five Southern California athletes selected for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. But before she shifts ...

Five Southern California Athletes Chosen for 2019 World Games

LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 20, 2018) – Five athletes from Special Olympics Southern California have been chosen to participate in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March of 2019. Representing Southern California at the World Games will be Megan Bingham (La Crescenta, Calif.), Faith Demos (Torrance, Calif.), ...

USA Games Spotlight: James Morrell

Track and field athlete James Morrell is intent on making the most of his opportunity this July at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Regardless of the results, he will be satisfied knowing he put forth his best effort. "It means a lot," James said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance. I don't know if ...