INSIDE SOSC: August Events Heat Up

The first half of August has been loaded with bowling season competitions, thrilling fundraisers and even some street hoops action featuring Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Bowling Season Rolls Along Athletes gathered at Valencia Lanes in Newhall, where there was wall-to-wall competition, comradery, and fun on Aug. 10. The atmosphere in the bowling alley was ...

INSIDE NEWS: ESPN Reporter Recognized for Work with Special Olympics

ESPN reporter Michele Steele was recognized for her volunteer work with Special Olympics as she was named the 2019 Commentator of the Year as part of the network's volunteer of the year awards announced last Friday. Per the release, the awards focused on employees who are self-directed in their service and committed to supporting their ...

Plane Pull Spotlight: Couples that Plane Pull Together, Stay Together

Alvin Durham and his wife Kristina Durham both work in the police force. Alvin is a Los Angeles police officer, holds the position of honor guard, and is a firearms instructor. Kristina is a LA County Deputy in the sheriff’s department. Their involvement with the Plane Pull and Special Olympics Southern California began at the ...

Plane Pull Spotlight – Grace True

Grace True first experienced working alongside individuals with intellectual disabilities during her rookie year life guarding in 2005. While at Bible College, she continued to learn more about working with children who are autistic. “I find pride and happiness when coaching children how to swim,” said Grace. “It gives me so much satisfaction to see ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes Have a Ball Bowling Strikes

By Alexandra Dickens Volunteers, athletes, families, and friends came out to Brunswick Zone Deer Creek Lanes in Rancho Cucamonga last Saturday for the Inland Empire bowling competition. The majority of the more than 430 athletes had one goal in mind: “To bring home the gold,” said SOSC Global Messenger Joe Hreish. This event was free ...

INSIDE SOSC: Western Regional Special Olympics Set Foundation

It was on this day 50 years ago the vision reached the west. The event was the first Western Regional Special Olympics, which included 900 athletes from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. The stage was the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was the starting point for each state and its own ...

INSIDE SOSC: Unified Bowling a Hit in Ventura

Unified bowling was a successful addition to last Saturday's Ventura County regional bowling competition at Buena Lanes. Unified bowling, which pairs individuals with and without intellectual disabilities together, was part of the morning's team competition while the individual divisions took place in the afternoon session. In all, 120 bowlers split into teams of four filled ...

1 Day, 2 Fun and Inspiring Events

Saturday, August 17 is sure to be an action-packed and meaningful day, and you won’t want to miss it. At the Long Beach Airport, Special Olympics Southern California will host two incredible fundraisers that are estimated to raise a total of $450,000. Join us as we compete for bragging rights and pull a plane. The ...

2019 Over the Edge: Leaping for the Athletes

LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 22, 2019) Special Olympics fans will take the leap to fundraise for Special Olympics Southern California athletes at the Over the Edge fundraiser on August 10 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Limited to 76 individual participants, the event will feature participants rappelling down 16-stories in Garden Grove. Participants who raise a ...