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National Volunteer Week: In the Coaches’ Words

Coaches come from various backgrounds at Special Olympics Southern California. Some have personal connections to a particular sport and wanted a way to give back, others are law enforcement officers making time despite a busy schedule. Whatever the backstory may be, the coaches all share a common joy in watching the athletes grow. "I love ...

Congratulations 2019 SOSC Volunteer Award Recipients!

Every year, Special Olympics Southern California recognizes volunteers that go above and beyond in their volunteer roles. Congratulations to our 2019 John West and Harahan award recipients! We appreciate all you do for our athletes and our movement! 2019 JOHN WEST AWARD WINNER The John West Award is presented annually to honor volunteers’ accomplishments within ...

INSIDE SOSC: 2019 Floor Hockey Championship Recap

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Kern County proved to be a tremendous host, as its athletes and coaches put on quite the performance Saturday at the Special Olympics Southern California Floor Hockey Championship. Kern County was one of the four gold medalists, as 16 teams battled it out in four divisions at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The ...

Mike Higgins: 2019 Floor Hockey Coach of the Season

Special Olympics Kern County's Mike Higgins was named the 2019 floor hockey coach of the season. Higgins, a floor hockey coach the past three seasons, first got involved when his son became an athlete in 2007. Two years later, he started coaching basketball. When his son's interests started to turn to other sports, so did ...

An Opportunity to Shine

Think of any sporting event, at any level, and the athletes involved share common goals. The teams and individuals want to test themselves, striving to rise to the occasion and perform their very best when the stakes are the highest. Special Olympics Southern California athletes are no different, and they continue to prove that year-round ...

What They’re Saying at the 2018 Fall Games – Day 1

Special Olympics Southern California athletes and supporters were out in full force Saturday as the 2018 Fall Games kicked off in Fountain Valley. Here's what a few of them had to say on Day 1: "I began to love softball when I was young and watched my brother play baseball. I love it! It’s so ...

What They’re Saying at 2018 Summer Games – Day 2

Athletes and attendees left the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games with a lifetime of memories Sunday at Cal State Long Beach. Here's what some of them had to say: Athletes "It gives me the opportunity to play and not worry about skill level. ... I was looking for a team to play on ...

USA Games Spotlight: Sarah Kovacs

By Hannah van Warmerdam There is a special kind of bond between a father and a daughter. Special Olympics athlete Sarah Kovacs has the distinction of additionally being coached by her father, Tom, in track and field. This father-daughter duo have both been involved with Special Olympics for more than 11 years and are headed ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Thank You, Coaches

As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, Special Olympics Southern California would like to recognize the coaches who volunteer their time to help train our more than 34,000 athletes. It is often said that they are impacted more than the athletes they coach. In fact, here are some of the coaches, in their own words, from ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Valerie Ruiz

By Ashley Carney The Sweetwater Union High School District in San Diego awarded Valerie Ruiz “Special Educator of the Year” for her tireless work and dedication toward getting the district involved with Special Olympics Unified Sports. When Unified Sports was first introduced to the SUHSD in January 2016, Valerie was in the middle of a ...