Tag: Athlete

INSIDE SOSC: Fun and Games Aplenty

Hundreds of Special Olympics Southern California athletes took in back-to-back days of competition and fun this past weekend. Six separate competitions were hosted throughout Southern California last Saturday, including soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball games at the Orange County Regional Fall Games at the Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex. The following day, many made ...

INSIDE SOSC: Westside Runner Keeps Legs, Determination Moving

Auna Pines has proven to not only be brave in the attempt, but persistent enough to turn a no into a yes. The Special Olympics Westside athlete has been a runner since the age of 12. She’s taken a liking to long-distance races. Her motivation, however, was fueled when she did not qualify within the ...

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: 2019 Bowling Championship

More than 480 Special Olympics Southern California athletes set out to be the high rollers of the day at the 2019 Bowling Championship at Fountain Bowl on Aug. 24. The competition was split up into morning and afternoon sessions, with four ramp assisted groupings and 28 singles divisions to open the festivities. The top ramp ...

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: 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...