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We’re Back to In-Person Activities on 7/6/21! Updates Return to Activity Due to the Coronavirus

We’re back! Limited in-person activities will begin on July 6, 2021. We have been planning for this for months and look forward to welcoming back all athletes and coaches. The health and safety of athletes, volunteers and employees is our number one priority. Based on our understanding of the improved environment in Southern California with ...

Volunteer Week: A Passion for Basketball Leads to Lifelong Friends

By Rachel Bialkin The pandemic has suspended many things in our lives, but one thing it couldn’t stop is Scott Norton’s passion for Special Olympics, his love for the athletes he coaches, and his determination. Since 1999, Scott Norton has volunteered as a basketball coach for Special Olympics Southern California in the Santa Clarita area. ...

athlete, Debi Anderson, Pam Anderson

Volunteer Week: Mom and Daughter Team Up to Spread Inclusion

By Melanie Barrios There is nothing Pam loves more than watching her daughter succeed in Special Olympics. Pam Anderson knows the importance of Special Olympics and the impact it is having on people with intellectual disabilities. For the past two decades, Pam has had a front-row seat watching her daughter, Debi, accomplish many things some ...

The Blankenburg Family Embodies the Special Olympics Spirit

By Melanie Barrios If you're from San Luis Obispo County or have been involved with Special Olympics, chances are you have heard about the Blankenburg family and their extraordinary journey. Dick and Maxine Blankenburg started Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County in 1969, and their son Rick is one of the very first athletes to ...

Rafer Johnson

Special Olympics Southern California Mourns the Passing of Founder Rafer Johnson

Special Olympics Southern California was saddened to hear of the passing of Rafer Johnson, founder of SOSC, humanitarian, and Olympic Gold Medalist. The entire SOSC community, including athletes, volunteers, partners, and staff, mourns this loss.   Today we lost one of our family members and one of the biggest champions for people with intellectual disabilities. ...

Update Regarding SOSC’s Plans for the 2020 Fall & 2020-2021 Winter Sports Season Due to the Coronavirus

In an effort to keep athlete and volunteer safety at the forefront as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer any official in-person activities or gatherings through March 2021. This includes: All Fall 2020 Sports Season training and competitions for Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball. All Winter 2020-2021 ...

Fall Season Update Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Based on our on-going consideration of current information, SOSC has made the decision to cancel all Fall competitions including all local, Regional, and Chapter competitions. We will continue with Healthy Lifestyle Challenge in the Fall to engage the entire SOSC community in not only staying active , but to help keep our community of athletes, ...

Summer & Fall Updates Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

This is an update regarding SOSC’s plans for the 2020 Summer and Fall Seasons. Summer Season Because of the continued risk to the athletes from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Summer Season will continue with an enhanced version of Healthy Lifestyle Challenge (HLC) based on the excellent feedback from participants.  While some Safer-at-Home restrictions are being ...

Sports & Programs Updates Due to the Coronavirus

Following is an update regarding the Bowling and Summer Season. Our number one priority is athlete and volunteer safety. Until we can return to regular training and competition, our focus is on promoting physical activity and health education. Bowling Season We are postponing the Bowling Season at least until the 2020 Floor Hockey Season. We ...

SOSC to Cancel All Fundraising Events through June Due to Coronavirus

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, we are cancelling all in-person fundraising events through June. We did not make this decision lightly, but after the latest information and direction we received from the State of California; our Official Health Partner, Kaiser Permanente; and local authorities, we believe this is in the best course of ...

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