Tag: 50th Anniversary

INSIDE SOSC: ‘Exhilarated’ Athletes, and Rafer Johnson’s Life on Display

Five competitions were on the schedule this past weekend and WeAreSOSC.org was in Chino Hills and Bakersfield for a pair events. Plus, an exhibit showcasing the life of Special Olympics Southern California founder Rafer Johnson is the newest addition to the LA84 Foundation Library. Inspiring Athletes Find Own Inspiration The cold clouds couldn’t deter more ...

National Volunteer Week: In the Coaches’ Words

Coaches come from various backgrounds at Special Olympics Southern California. Some have personal connections to a particular sport and wanted a way to give back, others are law enforcement officers making time despite a busy schedule. Whatever the backstory may be, the coaches all share a common joy in watching the athletes grow. "I love ...

National Volunteer Week: Jim Reynolds

Cowboy by Heart, General Contractor by Profession

INSIDE SOSC: Show Support at the Checkout Counter

Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions, a big supporter of Special Olympics Southern California, will kick off its checkout fundraiser in 345 stores from March 27 through April 23. Last year, the fundraiser generated more than $1.24 million in support of SOSC athletes. Donations at the checkout counter help provide various services and equipment for SOSC athletes, ...

Bill Fields: What World Games Means to Me

By Tessa Sechler Consistency. Dedication. Growth. Those are just a few words to describe Bill Fields career with Special Olympics, which he has been involved with for nearly 50 years. Fields first started with Special Olympics New Jersey in 1972, and 14 years later he joined Special Olympics California, before the division of Northern and ...

‘Choose to Include – No Matter What’

CHULA VISTA – Students at Olympian High School had a packed gymnasium rocking, cheering on fellow classmates during a Special Olympics Unified basketball game. “Choose to include – no matter what!” was the chant, as the force of the growing “inclusion revolution” promoted by the organization’s Unified Champion Schools program continues to sweep the nation. ...

Athlete Leadership Program Empowers, Provides Growth Opportunity

Special Olympics Southern California athletes look up to peers like Paul Hoffman. The 60-year-old not only excels in sports, but he’s become an example of what individuals with intellectual disabilities are capable of when given the opportunity to tell their story – in their own words. In 1992, Paul was named the first Global Messenger ...

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2018 Pier del Sol – Cheers to 50!

WHO/WHAT: Special Olympics Southern California Pier del Sol Food & Spirit Festival Media Events and Opportunities WHERE: Santa Monica Pier & Pacific Park (200 Santa Monica Pier, Suite A Santa Monica, CA 90401) WHEN: Sunday, October 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. BASICS: On October 14, join some of the best chefs and restaurants in Los Angeles as ...

Celebrate 50 Years, Pier del Sol with Pink’s Hot Dogs

By Austin Gould Pink’s Hot Dogs is ready to join the party and celebrate Special Olympics' 50th anniversary. Pink’s Hot Dogs is the Honorary Chef for the 22nd annual Pier del Sol at Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park on October 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Richard Pink, the owner of Pink’s Hot Dogs and ...

#50Friday: Robert Waters

By Hannah van Warmerdam As Special Olympics celebrates its 50-year anniversary, longtime athlete Robert Waters may be closing in on his final competition. After hearing about Special Olympics from a friend more than 30 years ago, athlete Robert Waters found his love for competition. Whether it is competing in soccer, bocce ball, or track and ...