Tag: Mission

INSIDE SOSC: Fun and Games Aplenty

Hundreds of Special Olympics Southern California athletes took in back-to-back days of competition and fun this past weekend. Six separate competitions were hosted throughout Southern California last Saturday, including soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball games at the Orange County Regional Fall Games at the Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex. The following day, many made ...

INSIDE SOSC: Volunteer Referee Makes the Right Call

By Ryan Lefever Being a referee, you have to make the right call at the right time and for Harlan Gathright, making the call to get involved with Special Olympics Southern California was one that he would not challenge . Harlan has been officiating basketball for over 30 years, and the love and passion for ...

INSIDE SOSC: Westside Runner Keeps Legs, Determination Moving

Auna Pines has proven to not only be brave in the attempt, but persistent enough to turn a no into a yes. The Special Olympics Westside athlete has been a runner since the age of 12. She’s taken a liking to long-distance races. Her motivation, however, was fueled when she did not qualify within the ...

INSIDE SOSC: Fall Season, Fundraisers Get Underway

Special Olympics athletes across Southern California are preparing to close out the 2019 competition calendar. The fall season consists of five sports: golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Among the competitions on the event calendar, the North (Oct. 26) and Central (Oct. 19) divisions will host respective Divisional Fall Games competitions. The season will culminate ...

Global Messenger Touted for Outreach

By Emma Lee Long Beach/Whittier athlete Jared Kozak was presented with the Richard L. Van Kirk Outstanding Outreach Achievement Award at Special Olympics Southern California's Board of Directors meeting on Thursday. Presented annually since 2001, the award is named after Special Olympics Southern California’s first president. After passing away in November 2018, his son now ...

INSIDE SOSC: 2019 Bowling Championship

More than 480 Special Olympics Southern California athletes set out to be the high rollers of the day at the 2019 Bowling Championship at Fountain Bowl on Aug. 24. The competition was split up into morning and afternoon sessions, with four ramp assisted groupings and 28 singles divisions to open the festivities. The top ramp ...

LB Airport Pulls Double Duty for SOSC

By Emma Lee Special Olympics Southern California will host one of its biggest events this Saturday – and there will be double the fun at Long Beach Airport. The 14th annual Plane Pull will not be alone because the We Run the City 5K and 10K will happen that morning. UCLA and USC supporters will ...

INSIDE SOSC: August Events Heat Up

The first half of August has been loaded with bowling season competitions, thrilling fundraisers and even some street hoops action featuring Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Bowling Season Rolls Along Athletes gathered at Valencia Lanes in Newhall, where there was wall-to-wall competition, comradery, and fun on Aug. 10. The atmosphere in the bowling alley was ...

INSIDE NEWS: ESPN Reporter Recognized for Work with Special Olympics

ESPN reporter Michele Steele was recognized for her volunteer work with Special Olympics as she was named the 2019 Commentator of the Year as part of the network's volunteer of the year awards announced last Friday. Per the release, the awards focused on employees who are self-directed in their service and committed to supporting their ...

INSIDE SOSC: Athletes Have a Ball Bowling Strikes

By Alexandra Dickens Volunteers, athletes, families, and friends came out to Brunswick Zone Deer Creek Lanes in Rancho Cucamonga last Saturday for the Inland Empire bowling competition. The majority of the more than 430 athletes had one goal in mind: “To bring home the gold,” said SOSC Global Messenger Joe Hreish. This event was free ...