Tag: Beyond Sports

Team Ethan: Tough

Look up the word tough in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and there are nine definitions, several related to a person’s character. Two stand out, including “capable of enduring strain, hardship” and “characterized by uncompromising determination.” For those, an easier definition would be to list the name Ethan Russell with a photo featuring one of his trademark ...

Kaiser Permanente Southern California Becomes “Official Health Partner” for SOSC

PASADENA, Calif., April 25, 2018 — Kaiser Permanente Southern California has signed a three-year agreement as the “Official Health Partner” for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC). In yesterday’s contract signing the two entities acknowledged their shared vision and commitment to diversity, inclusion and total health for individuals and communities. “There are many reasons why this ...

INSIDE SOSC: Volunteers Drive Regional Competitions

It was a fitting end to National Volunteer Week last weekend at regional competitions throughout Special Olympics Southern California. Volunteers came out in record numbers to support some of the longer running regional competitions, including the Pomona Valley Area Games at Boys Republic and the San Diego County Athletics Regional at Point Loma Nazarene University.  ...

#SundaySpotlight: Angela Zhu

By Ashley Carney As April celebrates National Autism Awareness month, Special Olympics Southern California is reminded of the impact it has had on people with intellectual disabilities, and how it has allowed athletes to live their best lives. Meet Angela Zhu, a 17-year-old from Los Angeles, who has autism. Angela is one of the 70 ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Partnerships in Pictures

Partners of Special Olympics Southern California are a big part of assisting our 34,500 #SOSCAthletes to play sports and thrive. There is so much more to it. Their employees rally together and go above and beyond to spread inclusion and acceptance. Their role as volunteers is a big part of our movement. For #VolunteerWeek, today's ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Mike Zabarsky

By Sean Minnihan At any number of Special Olympics Southern California Area or Regional events, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see someone wearing one of our many hats, T-shirts, or sweatshirts you can purchase from the Rafer’s Boutique souvenir shop. But an SOSC T-shirt found 6,509 miles away in Auckland, New Zealand takes a little ...

INSIDE SOSC: What a Week It Was at SOSC

There was so much going on this first half of April within Special Olympics Southern California, we thought we would bring you up to speed.  The first half of the month ended on Saturday with five competitions throughout Southern California, including the Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley Regional Spring Games at Azusa Pacific University and Santa ...

Advocates for Inclusion at State Capitol

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Athletes and representatives from Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) and Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) converged on the California State Capitol Building to advocate as part of Special Olympics Hill Day on Wednesday, April 11. Special Olympics athletes and staff met with key assembly and senate representatives within the capitol to advocate ...

#WDSD2018: Can’t Get Enough

Last Sunday, Paola Lozano took the court for Ventura at the Santa Barbara North Division basketball competition. It was her 75th event since joining Special Olympics Southern California, and the 21-year-old just can’t get enough of life. Paolo said Special Olympics has made her stronger, and that’s not just limited to sports. “I love Special ...

#SundaySpotlight: Scott Haynes

Scott Haynes was in the net, stopping shots for the San Diego Vista Red Wings at the Floor Hockey Championship on March 11. The 30-year-old even posted a shutout in one of the team’s three games, a 5-0 win over the Laguna Hills Eagle Hawks, to help them earn the silver medal in the green ...