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INSIDE SOSC: Recapping 2018

With two weeks remaining in the calendar year, it's time to look back on 2018.  WeAreSOSC.org was created to help tell the stories of Special Olympics Southern California athletes and recap the various events and fundraisers. Here are some of the highlights (click subhead for full post): What it Means to Play Unified Back in ...

Inaugural Flag Football Event Raises $18,500

The inaugural Law Enforcement Torch Run Unified flag football tournament brought together 160 Special Olympics Southern California athletes and local law enforcement officers over the weekend, and two teams were left standing heading into Sunday afternoon’s championship game. LAPD Operations West Bureau Badgers claimed the trophy, outlasting OC Lawmen in a 16-6 contest at Los ...

Record 61 Team to Pull Saturday

LONG BEACH – The line-up for the Special Olympics Southern California 2018 Plane Pull© is set, and the record-setting 61 teams are set to pull the 124,000 FedEx cargo plane 12 feet in support of #SOSCAthletes this Saturday, Aug. 18. In its 13 years, the field for this year’s pull is the largest in its ...

2018 Plane Pull: Something for Everyone

LONG BEACH - The ultimate man-versus-machine fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC), the 2018 Plane Pull, is back for its 13th annual run at the Long Beach Airport on August 18. Registration for the annual event is now open, and in search of participants to pull a 124,000 pound FedEx airplane 12 feet. Teams ...

LAPD Captain Sees ‘Great Honor’ in USA Games Final Leg

Captain Al Labrada of the Los Angeles Police Department sees pride and joy when he watches the athletes of Special Olympics Southern California. There's a palpable competitive spirit among the athletes as they "challenge one another," but also an equal respect afterward. Labrada, the Patrol Commanding Officer for the Hollenbeck Area, is gearing up to ...

New Experiences, Thrills Highlight Day 1 of 2018 Summer Games

As Special Olympics celebrates 50 years, the organization is still creating new, exciting experiences for the athletes, families and fans. New thrills were a theme Saturday during Day 1 of the 2018 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. • Day One Photo Gallery Alton Davis watched as his 5-year-old daughter ...

Final Leg Gets Things Started

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The 49th annual Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Summer Games will take place June 9-10 on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The Opening Ceremony will begin on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. However, it will not start without the Flame of Hope, and its journey through roughly 900 ...

Team Ethan: Tough

Look up the word tough in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and there are nine definitions, several related to a person’s character. Two stand out, including “capable of enduring strain, hardship” and “characterized by uncompromising determination.” For those, an easier definition would be to list the name Ethan Russell with a photo featuring one of his trademark ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Partnerships in Pictures

Partners of Special Olympics Southern California are a big part of assisting our 34,500 #SOSCAthletes to play sports and thrive. There is so much more to it. Their employees rally together and go above and beyond to spread inclusion and acceptance. Their role as volunteers is a big part of our movement. For #VolunteerWeek, today's ...

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Mike Zabarsky

By Sean Minnihan At any number of Special Olympics Southern California Area or Regional events, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see someone wearing one of our many hats, T-shirts, or sweatshirts you can purchase from the Rafer’s Boutique souvenir shop. But an SOSC T-shirt found 6,509 miles away in Auckland, New Zealand takes a little ...