Tag: Beyond Sports

A Wealth of Perseverance

By Christian Barel There is no challenge that Rebecca Nerney can’t overcome. In 45 years as a Special Olympics athlete, she’s honed her skillset and built upon her confidence as an athlete and individual. At the eager age of 8, she began training and competing in Special Olympics after a teacher introduced her to the ...

INSIDE SOSC: The Gift of SOSC

As we enter into December and the holiday season, Special Olympics Southern California is launching a month-long campaign that celebrates the “gift of SOSC.” Who better than those directly impacted by the mission – the athletes – to share how Special Olympics has made a positive change in their lives. We’ll be doing that through ...

Beautiful Day for a Run

LOS ANGELES - The 2017 We Run the City 5K/10K on the campus of UCLA ordered up perfect weather. And the day didn't disappoint in raising funds for Special Olympics Southern California athletes. From the run itself, to the Kids' Run and the Unified Sports Rivalry Series flag football game, there was plenty to cheer ...

A Chance to Promote Inclusion (and Play Some Football)

LONG BEACH, Calif. – On Sunday, nearly 2,000 runners will hit the campus of UCLA in the sixth annual We Run the City Rivalry Race presented by The Smile Generation. The 5K/10K is in support of Special Olympics Southern California and its more than 31,400 athletes. However, We Run The City is a lot more ...

Run to Own the City to End Rivalry Week

Annual 5K/10K fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California set to run on Sunday (Nov. 19) as part of USC-UCLA rivalry week. LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2017) – Special Olympics Southern California will host the sixth annual We Run the City Rivalry Race presented by The Smile Generation this Sunday, Nov. 19, in support of ...

Volunteer Provides ‘Big League’ Stage

By Christian Barel Adrian Williams finds joy and value in his career as general manager for Big League Dreams in Perris, Calif. For some, the role of general manager may seem like a simple job, but to Williams, it goes beyond administrative tasks. Williams, along with his staff, provide a venue that includes scaled-downed replicas ...

INSIDE SOSC: Volunteers Enhance Fall Games Experience

The athletes are always the central focus of any Special Olympics Southern California competition. But the execution only gets accomplished with the help of ready-and-willing volunteers. More than 1,000 volunteers in various roles – from sports officials to law enforcement to medical teams, and everything in-between – donated their time at the 2017 Fall Games ...

What They’re Saying at the 2017 Fall Games – Day 2

Every Fall Games competition brings together a wide array of athletes, coaches and volunteers. Here’s what some of them had to say Sunday during the second day of competition at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park, and Fountain Bowl: "I've worked with kids, anything from Down syndrome to autism... working with special education ...

INSIDE SOSC: Inspiration Abound at Fall Games on Day 1

Every year, Fall Games attracts more than 900 athletes throughout Special Olympics Southern California’s footprint. The common bond is most of, if not all, the athletes have overcome some sort of adversity via intellectual disability to compete and showcase their capabilities. The volunteers and fans in attendance certainly took notice Saturday for the first day ...

#SundaySpotlight: Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus keep Special Olympics Southern California's athletes, volunteers and staff fueled during Fall Games, preparing and serving thousands of meals over the two-day event. But the work starts even earlier than that. Steve Bolton, a member of Knights of Columbus for 18 years, was the lead who helped the service organization get ...