Tag: Beyond Sports

Respect: The R-Word Special Olympics Strives to Promote

Stephanie Hardy remembers what life was like as a high school student with intellectual disabilities. There were days she would walk through the quad and bullies would stuff her in a trashcan, and other days would come with name-calling. She wanted to be seen and acknowledged like the rest of the students – but not ...

INSIDE SOSC: Healthy Dose of Care

Individuals with intellectual disabilities are an underserved community in many respects, and healthcare is among the most important areas. On average, people with ID die 16 years sooner than the general population due to denial of health services or undetected health issues. In the last two decades, Special Olympics has made significant strides to change ...

INSIDE SOSC: ‘More Than Sports’

Daree Jordan sees her son, Justus, as one of the many athletes who have gone through a transformative experience with Special Olympics Southern California. Among the biggest differences are in the confidence the 24-year-old carries and the camaraderie he shares with his fellow Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County athletes. "He just looks forward to ...

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 ...

INSIDE SOSC: IE Regional Fall Games

For a sixth year, Big League Dreams' facility played host to the Inland Empire Regional Fall Games this past weekend in Perris. Special Olympics Southern California athletes competed in soccer and softball, and the team of 67 Big League Dreams staff members assisted in scorekeeping, announcing, field setup and maintenance, security, and more. Several athletes ...

USA Games Extends Beyond Competitions

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games has offered a different, but equally wonderful experience to a pair of Trabuco Hills High School students. Priscilla Price and Eloisa Pichon are part of the Youth Leadership Experience, and early highlights from their trip include meeting Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver. Priscilla's Special Olympics experience ...

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 ...

What They’re Saying at 2018 Summer Games – Day 1

Summer Games always brings out a number of fearless athletes, selfless volunteers and great moments. Here's what the competitors, spectators, and more, had to say Saturday at Day 1 of the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. Athletes "[Special Olympics] changed my life in middle school." -Ben Watts, 24, ...

Final Leg Gets Things Started

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The 49th annual Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Summer Games will take place June 9-10 on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The Opening Ceremony will begin on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. However, it will not start without the Flame of Hope, and its journey through roughly 900 ...

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 ...