INSIDE SOSC: Looking Back on the First Half of 2019

Six months sure did fly by, didn’t it? Special Olympics Southern California, its athletes and supporters have celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary in grand fashion, to this point. Here’s a look back at some of the key moments and stories from the first half of the year: 2019 Floor Hockey Championship The first championship event ...

INSIDE SOSC: 50 Years of Progress, and Counting

For much of the past handful of years, Special Olympics Southern California President/CEO Bill Shumard has left the staff a simple, gentle reminder. What got us here, won't take us there. In many ways, that type of approach can explain how an organization celebrating its 50-year anniversary has evolved and continued to make an impact ...

Special Olympics Southern California Chosen as Nonprofit of the Year

LONG BEACH,Calif. (June 24, 2019) - Special Olympics Southern California is proud to announce Senator Ling Ling Chang has selected it as a 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year. Bill Shumard, CEO of Special Olympics Southern California traveled to Sacramento to join 100 other nonprofit leaders to be honored by their state senators and assembly ...

The Revolution is Inclusion: First-ever Special Olympics athlete-led panel convenes at United Nations

Dustin Plunkett demands inclusion for all during 12th Session of the Conference of States Parties. On Monday, June 10th, Special Olympics International, in partnership with the United Nations Division for Inclusive Social Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations (UN) hosted a panel discussion ...

2019 Summer Games: The Results Are In!

By the time Day 2 of the 2019 Summer Games started to wind down Sunday at Cal State Long Beach, a sweet, familiar sound could be heard by anyone within an earshot of many of the 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes in attendance. Clang... clang... clang... with each step taken. Several competitors, particularly in individual ...

Athletes Close Out 2019 Summer Games

Fifty years of progress can be difficult to sum up succinctly. The athletes of Special Olympics Southern California instead showed what that progress looks like over the weekend at Cal State Long Beach. The organization, which is celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2019, wrapped up the annual two-day Summer Games competition on Sunday. More than 1,100 ...

What They’re Saying at 2019 Summer Games – Day 2

Special Olympics Southern California's athletes, coaches and volunteers brought the same enthusiasm to Day 2 of the 50th annual Summer Games on Sunday at Cal State Long Beach. Medals were won, high-fives were exchanged and lifelong memories were created. Here's what a few of the attendees had to say: "It's like a family to me. ...

Stars Come Out for Day 1 of 2019 Summer Games

More than 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes came prepared to put their best effort forward in five sports Saturday at the annual Summer Games competition at Cal State Long Beach. Summer Games, a two-day event, features competitions in athletics (track and field), basketball, bocce, flag football and swimming. This is the first year flag ...

What They’re Saying at 2019 Summer Games – Day 1

The first of two days of Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games action is in the books. The event brings together an assortment of people from across Southern California. Here's what a few of them had to say on Day 1: “My favorite part is racing against people so I can challenge them." -John Rojo, ...

A Torch Running Pioneer

by Tessa Sechler Many say that people who are runners like it because they get to be alone. Others say that they find friendship in the groups they run with. While she may not have known it at the time, Special Olympics Southern California athlete Laura Cook helped spread the tradition of one the most ...