INSIDE SOSC: What a Week It Was at SOSC

There was so much going on this first half of April within Special Olympics Southern California, we thought we would bring you up to speed.  The first half of the month ended on Saturday with five competitions throughout Southern California, including the Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley Regional Spring Games at Azusa Pacific University and Santa ...

Advocates for Inclusion at State Capitol

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Athletes and representatives from Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) and Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) converged on the California State Capitol Building to advocate as part of Special Olympics Hill Day on Wednesday, April 11. Special Olympics athletes and staff met with key assembly and senate representatives within the capitol to advocate ...

INSIDE SOSC: Springing Into Action

The first full weekend of the Special Olympics Southern California spring season got underway at five locations on Saturday. Among the competitions were the Inland Empire Regional Spring Games in Fontana and Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley South Bay Area Games in Carson. PHOTOS: 2018 Inland Empire Regional Spring Games PHOTOS: 2018 South Bay Area Spring ...

#SundaySpotlight: Lompoc Teammates, Friends Play Unified

April celebrates National Autism Awareness month, and Special Olympics Southern California serves quite a few athletes who are glowing examples of how intellectual disabilities do not define their lives. SOSC also works with Unified partners who are just as impactful and help promote an inclusive environment the organization encourages. Among them is Walker Grossi, a ...

Dive Into April

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Spring sports will dive, sprint, jump and fly into high gear this coming April and what a month we have in store for you. One of the busiest months of the calendar year, April will be a wild ride for sure. Here is what to watch for this month in Special ...

#SundaySpotlight: David Amavisca

David Amavisca’s involvement with Special Olympics Southern California started as a parent, like many. David and his wife, Yndira, then branched out into volunteering, and specifically coaching. David’s impact has reached far more than just his son, Elias, as he was named the 2018 Floor Hockey Coach of the Season. David, a Santa Maria resident, ...

Johnny Hekker to be Keynote Speaker for Annual Breakfast

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Mar. 22, 2018) – Special Olympics Southern California’s (SOSC) annual Rafer Johnson Breakfast with Champions is part of the opening day of the annual Summer Games on June 9 at Cal State University, Long Beach. Los Angeles Rams’ All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker will serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s event, ...

#WDSD2018: Can’t Get Enough

Last Sunday, Paola Lozano took the court for Ventura at the Santa Barbara North Division basketball competition. It was her 75th event since joining Special Olympics Southern California, and the 21-year-old just can’t get enough of life. Paolo said Special Olympics has made her stronger, and that’s not just limited to sports. “I love Special ...

#SundaySpotlight: Scott Haynes

Scott Haynes was in the net, stopping shots for the San Diego Vista Red Wings at the Floor Hockey Championship on March 11. The 30-year-old even posted a shutout in one of the team’s three games, a 5-0 win over the Laguna Hills Eagle Hawks, to help them earn the silver medal in the green ...

The Journeys of Adinan Schreck

By Sean Minnihan In Southern California, the month of March brings many different things to a variety of people. The days begin to get longer, the weather is a bit warmer, students and teachers look forward to spring break; but in the case of Special Olympics Southern California athlete Adinan Schreck and his father Eberhard, ...