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Return to Activity Update Due to Coronavirus: 9/14/21

The health and safety of athletes, volunteers, and employees continues to be our number one priority.  We continually track information from trusted health resources about the presence and impact of COVID-19 on communities in Southern California.  Following is an update to our Return to Activity plan which takes into account that information:   Based on ...

Christina Principe

The Athlete & Coach Bond

by Christian Bood In the pool of life, everyone deserves a support system to keep them afloat. Someone to guide us through the water when situations get tough or simply cheer us on when we are splashing past the competition. Special Olympics Athlete Christina Principe and Coach Leslie Runnelstover have a unique bond that began ...

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Return to Activity Update Due to Coronavirus

The health and safety of athletes, volunteers, and employees continues to be SOSC’s number 1 priority.  Based on our understanding of the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases throughout Southern California and the growing concerns regarding COVID-19 variants in our communities, SOSC will remain in Phase 1 at least until October 31, 2021.  We are making ...

Assemblymembers Grayson and Frazier Announce $6 Million in Funding Secured for Special Olympics California

For Immediate Release Contact: Audrey Detmer, audrey.detmer@asm.ca.gov, (925) 876-7307 (Sacramento, CA) – Governor Gavin Newsom signed a budget trailer bill (AB 130, Committee on Budget) that included $6 million in funding for Special Olympics Northern and Special Olympics Southern California, which was a priority of Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord) and Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Fairfield). “Through ...

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 ...

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