INSIDE SOSC: Getting to Know Brandon Harrington

By Brianna Pereira Brandon Harrington, an athlete for more than 20 years with Special Olympics, does not let a setback derail his love of sports and competition. Brandon, who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, also had immense pain in his legs at 5 years old. It was later discovered that he had legg-calve-perthes, a childhood ...

SOSC to Cancel Practices & Competitions Through 6/7 and Fundraising Events through 5/10 due to Coronavirus

Due to new recommendations released by the CDC and State of California, we are cancelling all sports trainings/practices, coach trainings, competitions, and co-hosted school activities through June 7 and all fundraising events through May 10. Both national and local authorities have strongly urged that all events of 50 or more people are cancelled through at ...

SOSC to Postpone/Cancel Some Fundraising Events Due to the Coronavirus

In the interest of the health and safety of the Special Olympics Southern California community and due to the growing concern of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have made the following decisions effective immediately. Postponements and Cancellations We are postponing the Mojave Desert Law Enforcement Torch Run that was scheduled for March 29. We are ...

SOSC to Cancel Practices Through 4/12 & Some Events Due to the Coronavirus

In the interest of the health and safety of the Special Olympics Southern California community and due to growing concern of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have made the following decisions effective immediately. We are cancelling all sports trainings (practices), coach trainings, and competitions through April 12. By Thursday, March 26, we will have an ...

INSIDE SOSC: Spring Gets Going

Editor’s note: This post has been updated as of April 3 amid growing concern of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Dream House Raffle The first early-bird deadline for the annual Dream House Raffle is March 13. In addition to the grand prize drawing, tickets purchased prior to the deadline will be entered for a chance to ...

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): What You Can Do & Resources

What You Can Do If you feel sick in the slightest way, stay away from competitions, work, and so forth. We will make accommodations to fill in the gaps at events and engagements. Your health comes first!  Symptoms of the coronavirus include mild to severe respiratory illness, a fever, coughing, shortness of breath, a sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, a headache, ...

2020 Floor Hockey Championship Recap

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Special Olympics Southern California's Floor Hockey Championship had inspiration from start to finish Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The event featured 15 teams and 240 athletes, with teams split into the Pacific, Central, Metropolitan and Atlantic divisions. Teams played games in the morning before being seeded based on record in the ...

2020 Floor Hockey Coach of the Season

Jaime Rutiaga was presented with the Special Olympics Southern California Floor Hockey Coach of the Season award Saturday during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2020 Floor Hockey Championship event at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield. A coach in the Santa Barbara County region for more than 13 years, Jaime puts his athletes first and ...

Special Olympics Lakewood Honored by City Council

Special Olympics athletes and organizers in Lakewood have made a tremendous impact, and the City of Lakewood took notice. In celebration of the city’s 65th anniversary, Special Olympics Lakewood was among the nonprofit programs honored as the City Council named “Lakewood Volunteer Civic Organizations in Service to the Community” its newest Legends of Lakewood. The ...

2020 Guardian Bowl: Fundraiser Postponed

Editor's note: This post has been updated as of March 12 amid growing concern of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Guardian Bowl, originally scheduled for March 14 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, has been postponed. We will provide an update on the new date for the event by April 3. Read the full, official ...