Tag: Beyond Sports

Final Leg Continues Tradition

LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 29, 2017) – The 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Summer Games will take place June 10-11 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 ...

Are You the Next Dream House Winner?

Anthony Bozanich is almost restrained by default. So when Special Olympics Southern California President and CEO Bill Shumard called him on the day of the 2016 Dream House Raffle grand prize drawing, the circumstances hadn’t quite clicked. Anthony, who was traveling in his car at the time, was asked, “Are you sitting down?” “I thought ...

Goals For Good

SPECIAL OLYMPICS TO HOST A UNIFIED SOCCER DEMONSTRATION AT THE CALIFORNIA STATE CAPITOL SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Athletes and representatives from Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) and Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) will converge on the California State Capitol Building for a Unified Soccer demonstration, a proclamation and more as part of Special Olympics California Hill Day ...

Stevens to Earn Humanitarian Award

BUY TICKETS LONG BEACH (May 16, 2017) – Special Olympics Southern California is proud to announce Tom Stevens as this year’s Rafer Johnson Humanitarian Award winner. Stevens, chairman and president of Los Angeles Capital Management, started his relationship with Special Olympics Southern California as a coach in the 1990s. He has chaired Breakfast with Champions ...

Registration to Pull Now Open

PLANE PULL LINKS: Event Flyer | Form A Team | Register as an Individual | Interest Form | Car & Motorcycle Show LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 12, 2017) – The ultimate man-versus-machine Plane Pull fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) is back for its 12th annual run at the Long Beach Airport on August ...

Southern California Schools Becoming Unified Champions

LONG BEACH (May 11, 2017) – The word champion is defined as “a person who fights for a cause” or “to support the cause of; defend.” A primary initiative for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) is the Schools Program, and 28 Southern California schools have risen to earn the label of Unified Champion Schools. With sports ...

Volunteering a ‘Thrill’ For Retired CHP Officer

  For retired California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Blondon, the moments at the medal stand with the Special Olympics Southern California athletes represented “the biggest and best part” of his involvement. But that was just one aspect of a role with the Law Enforcement Torch Run that allowed him to volunteer at various events, and ...

Looking Back: Volunteer Brings Light Show to 2016 Summer Games

A photography hobby of volunteer Shereef Moustafa’s turned into a dazzling light show for Special Olympics Southern California athletes at the 2016 Summer Games. Shereef, a volunteer since fall 2004, dabbles in light painting photography on the side. The technique captures exposures made with the movement of a hand-held light source while taking a long ...

Giving for the Future

Fern Rudd, like any parent, wants to ensure her child’s future is secure – even long after she’s around to see his life unfold. Her son, Devon Thompson, is a 26-year-old Special Olympics Southern California athlete in the Inland Empire region. He grew up with limited language and verbal skills. It wasn’t until Devon started ...

An Eye-Opening Healthy Athletes Experience

By Naomi Cahill and Tracy McDannald Donna Wilson and her daughter, Vanessa, look at Special Olympics as more than a sports organization – thanks to an examination at a Healthy Athletes station. Donna and her husband have five children – three of them adopted and with Down syndrome. The two eldest boys grew up playing ...