Tag: coach

National Volunteer Week: In the Coaches’ Words

Special Olympics Southern California coaches express what they enjoy about the role, find most rewarding, and more.

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes, Volunteers Stay Fit, Eat Smart With Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

Healthy Lifestyle Challenge helps athletes and volunteers stay fit, eat smart, and have fun while they are safer at home.

2020 Floor Hockey Championship Recap

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Special Olympics Southern California's Floor Hockey Championship had inspiration from start to finish Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The event featured 15 teams and 240 athletes, with teams split into the Pacific, Central, Metropolitan and Atlantic divisions. Teams played games in the morning before being seeded based on record in the ...

2020 Floor Hockey Coach of the Season

Jaime Rutiaga was presented with the Special Olympics Southern California Floor Hockey Coach of the Season award Saturday during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2020 Floor Hockey Championship event at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield. A coach in the Santa Barbara County region for more than 13 years, Jaime puts his athletes first and ...

Special Olympics Lakewood Honored by City Council

Special Olympics athletes and organizers in Lakewood have made a tremendous impact, and the City of Lakewood took notice. In celebration of the city’s 65th anniversary, Special Olympics Lakewood was among the nonprofit programs honored as the City Council named “Lakewood Volunteer Civic Organizations in Service to the Community” its newest Legends of Lakewood. The ...

INSIDE SOSC: Competition Breeds Friendly Rivalries

Special Olympics Southern California competitions throughout the year often lead to familiarity among the teams. Think about it: Year-round sports, often featuring the similar groups of athletes in each region, create a bond over time. A case can be made that it's no more apparent than in the winter floor hockey season. Nine teams featuring ...

From Student to Mentor

Mike Dyer wants to help Special Olympics Southern California athletes reach the same thrills he experienced during his time as an athlete. A right shoulder injury in 2018 and a pair of surgeries may have cut his time on the basketball court short, but Mike had a plan in place years prior to transition into ...

SOSC Coach Teaches ‘The L.A. Way’

By Ryan Lefever In the city of angels, there’s one thing that’s making a difference in a special way. Cristian Ortiz, 39, is the head coach for the LAFC Special Olympics team and the L.A. Galaxy Unified soccer team. He has coached with Special Olympics for six years, and he also is an adaptive physical ...

Schuberts Make Volleyball A Family Affair

By Emma Lee When walking into the gym at this year’s Special Olympics Southern California Fall Games, your eyes were bound to find the Santa Clarita volleyball team, as cheers of excitement frequently arose. A large portion of those cheers were produced by the Schubert twins, Ryan and Taylor. Ryan, an athlete, began playing volleyball ...

What They’re Saying at the 2019 Fall Games – Day 2

Another Special Olympics Southern California Fall Games in the books, and the two-day event created many memories that will last a lifetime. Here's what athletes, coaches, volunteers and various others had to say Sunday at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park: “A great two-day experience. In watching the athletes, I’m seeing a lot ...