Tag: Feature

INSIDE SOSC: A World of Opportunities

Special Olympics Southern California represents many things to Western San Bernardino athlete Brett Laza. At just 25 years old, he’s already had a lifetime’s worth of experiences. Perhaps his greatest thrill, Brett was one of two athletes selected worldwide to bring the torch from Greece to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. ...

#SundaySpotlight: Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus keep Special Olympics Southern California's athletes, volunteers and staff fueled during Fall Games, preparing and serving thousands of meals over the two-day event. But the work starts even earlier than that. Steve Bolton, a member of Knights of Columbus for 18 years, was the lead who helped the service organization get ...

Healthy Athletes Provides Vital Service

San Diego County coach Jacque Martin has seen what an on-site Healthy Athletes station can do for Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Each year at both the Summer and Fall Games, clinical directors volunteer their services and offer free health exams to the athletes. At this year's Fall Games on Nov. 11 and 12 in ...

The Art of Body English

Merriam-Webster defines body English as "bodily motions made in a usually unconscious effort to influence the progress of a propelled object." Major league baseball players do it, waving their arms to keep a ball fair. Golfers do it in hopes to influence the ball from hooking into a hazard. At the Southeast Los Angeles Whittier ...

A Chance to Refill Your Tank

For Santa Maria Police Department Detective Nate Totorica, getting to spend time with Special Olympics Southern California athletes is a way to “refill his tank.” The liaison for Northern Santa Barbara County Law Enforcement Torch Run says the athletes give back to him just as much, if not more, than he gives them. “It is ...

Volleyball Strengthens Twins’ Bond

Ryan and Taylor Schubert are more than just brother and sister. The Schuberts, who are also twins, share a player-coach relationship for the Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley volleyball team. The bond through volleyball started when they were about 12 years old. At first, Ryan was more involved with basketball and swimming. Growing up, Taylor’s ...

Can’t Get Enough

Ask Special Olympics Southern California athlete Monica Lopez what her favorite sport is, and she will say volleyball. Ask her about the best part of Special Olympics; she will answer bowling. Ask her what else she likes to do; she will answer swimming for Special Olympics Ventura County. From there, it is clear she loves ...

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Hits Home For Pier del Sol Chefs

Several chefs put their products secondary to the underlying theme of raising awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities at this past Sunday’s Pier del Sol fundraiser in Santa Monica. That’s because a handful have been directly impacted by family members directly involved with Special Olympics. Joseph Pitruzzelli, a chef at Wurstkuche, works alongside his brother, ...

SOSC Announces Upcoming Changes to Sports Offerings

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Special Olympics Southern California has unveiled a new sports plan that will maximize the amount of training and competition for athletes year-round, allow it to serve more athletes than ever before, and enhance the athlete experience. A Sports Taskforce formed in 2016 to assess SOSC’s sports offerings and ...

Celebrating #NationalPancakeDay

Sept. 26 marks National Pancake Day. For anyone who has worked Special Olympics Southern California’s Summer Games, the pancake means one thing – the volunteer breakfast. Rich Hardy has been behind the griddle for the last 15 years, serving up several thousands of flapjacks to volunteers. Hardy has provided his services through the Kiwanis Club. “We’ve ...