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Volunteer Week: Mom and Daughter Team Up to Spread Inclusion

By Melanie Barrios There is nothing Pam loves more than watching her daughter succeed in Special Olympics. Pam Anderson knows the importance of Special Olympics and the impact it is having on people with intellectual disabilities. For the past two decades, Pam has had a front-row seat watching her daughter, Debi, accomplish many things some ...

INSIDE SOSC: Getting to Know Charles Martindale

By Zach Fidel Special Olympics Southern California athletes don’t just get the opportunity to compete in various sporting events, they also get the chance make a lasting impact within the organization. Some even have traveled to places they have never dreamed about going. Charles Martindale, the San Diego Athlete Input Council Vice President, is an ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athlete Leaders ‘Spread Special Olympics Power’

Special Olympics San Diego athlete Sophie Demos sees value in athlete-led council participation. After all, who better than the athletes served to give direct feedback. She is one of 12 members on Special Olympics San Diego’s Athlete Input Council. “When the [athletes] have input, we help make it better and bigger for Special Olympics,” Sophie ...

Join Joseph’s Journey: Being an Athlete in the Time of COVID-19

Editor's note: "Join Joseph's Journey" is a blog written by Joseph Gorin, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and member of SOSC's Board of Directors. Joseph, who has cerebral palsy, started training and competing with Special Olympics in 2003. Back then, he was a quiet kid who would barely look people in the eyes. Now, ...

Join Joseph’s Journey: Special Olympics Transformed My Life

Editor's note: "Join Joseph's Journey" is a blog written by Joseph Gorin, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and member of SOSC's Board of Directors. Joseph, who has cerebral palsy, started training and competing with Special Olympics in 2003. Back then, he was a quiet kid who would barely look people in the eyes. Now, ...

Global Messenger Touted for Outreach

By Emma Lee Long Beach/Whittier athlete Jared Kozak was presented with the Richard L. Van Kirk Outstanding Outreach Achievement Award at Special Olympics Southern California's Board of Directors meeting on Thursday. Presented annually since 2001, the award is named after Special Olympics Southern California’s first president. After passing away in November 2018, his son now ...

INSIDE SOSC: Beth Selbe Lends More Than a Hand in San Diego Area

Beth Selbe does more than just coach Special Olympics Southern California athletes in the San Diego area. She’s also helping mold the next wave of athlete advocates. Beth is the mother to 26-year-old Thomas Selbe, a floor hockey and basketball player. Nearly a decade of Special Olympics memories in Thomas' time includes the floor hockey ...

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 ...

USA Games Spotlight: Dustin Plunkett

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Dustin Plunkett has a variety of titles, roles and experiences that would make for great conversation starters. Special Olympics Southern California manager of development and athlete leadership. Inspirational speaker. On-air ESPN analyst. He's even had dinner with former President Barack Obama at the White House. That's just scratching the surface, and it's ...

#SundaySpotlight: Find Their Voice

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Last week we began a new series on WeAreSOSC.org called #SundaySpotlight. Fittingly, our spotlight was the Special Olympics Southern California athletes, specifically their competitive spirit at the 2017 Summer Games. This week we stay focused on our athletes, but our #SundaySpotlight turns to the Athlete Leadership Programs that allow athletes to ...

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