Swimmer Competes to Inspire

By Naomi Cahill Longtime Special Olympics Southern California swimmer Jeffrey Morris understands the importance of inspiring others to try new things and do their best. He himself was inspired as a child to become a competitive swimmer by watching his brother compete. “So the more I would watch him, the more I was interested,” said ...

Delegations Set for 48th Annual Summer Games

LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 25, 2017) – The 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games will begin in 16 days on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The delegations representing the nine regions within SOSC are set, consisting of more than 1,100 athletes throughout the Southern California footprint. Twenty-seven delegations have been named ...

Are You the Next Dream House Winner?

Anthony Bozanich is almost restrained by default. So when Special Olympics Southern California President and CEO Bill Shumard called him on the day of the 2016 Dream House Raffle grand prize drawing, the circumstances hadn’t quite clicked. Anthony, who was traveling in his car at the time, was asked, “Are you sitting down?” “I thought ...

Goals For Good

SPECIAL OLYMPICS TO HOST A UNIFIED SOCCER DEMONSTRATION AT THE CALIFORNIA STATE CAPITOL SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Athletes and representatives from Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) and Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) will converge on the California State Capitol Building for a Unified Soccer demonstration, a proclamation and more as part of Special Olympics California Hill Day ...

Stevens to Earn Humanitarian Award

BUY TICKETS LONG BEACH (May 16, 2017) – Special Olympics Southern California is proud to announce Tom Stevens as this year’s Rafer Johnson Humanitarian Award winner. Stevens, chairman and president of Los Angeles Capital Management, started his relationship with Special Olympics Southern California as a coach in the 1990s. He has chaired Breakfast with Champions ...

Registration to Pull Now Open

PLANE PULL LINKS: Event Flyer | Form A Team | Register as an Individual | Interest Form | Car & Motorcycle Show LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 12, 2017) – The ultimate man-versus-machine Plane Pull fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) is back for its 12th annual run at the Long Beach Airport on August ...

Southern California Schools Becoming Unified Champions

LONG BEACH (May 11, 2017) – The word champion is defined as “a person who fights for a cause” or “to support the cause of; defend.” A primary initiative for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) is the Schools Program, and 28 Southern California schools have risen to earn the label of Unified Champion Schools. With sports ...

2017 Summer Games: One-Month Countdown

LONG BEACH (May 10, 2017) – In just 31 days – one month from today - the 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games will begin with Opening Ceremonies on the campus of California State University, Long Beach on June 10. Here is a look at what awaits the more than 10,000 individuals who ...

Limitations are no crutch for Edward Garcia

By Naomi Cahill Competing in sports gave East San Gabriel Valley athlete Edward Garcia the confidence in himself and a positive outlook on life. The 32-year-old, diagnosed with hydrocephalus, also walks with the aid of crutches, and has undergone 28 surgeries since the age of 11 months. Despite his physical limitations and the tough competitors ...