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National Volunteer Week: Patricia Matthews

By Kelsey Lewis Happiness and positivity energizes anyone and everyone. For Patricia Matthews, Community Relations Officer of Homeland Security, volunteering is always a happy surprise. She never knows what she’s going to see or experience at any of the opportunities, but she knows it’s going to be good. She’s driven by how being with Special ...

National Volunteer Week: In the Coaches’ Words

Coaches come from various backgrounds at Special Olympics Southern California. Some have personal connections to a particular sport and wanted a way to give back, others are law enforcement officers making time despite a busy schedule. Whatever the backstory may be, the coaches all share a common joy in watching the athletes grow. "I love ...

National Volunteer Week: Christine Spino

Teaching Those the Importance of Inclusion

National Volunteer Week: Kelly Johnson

Do Good and Good Will Come

National Volunteer Week: Janet Portilla

Curiosity Leading to New Paths

National Volunteer Week: Jim Reynolds

Cowboy by Heart, General Contractor by Profession

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Elyse Garcia

Elyse Garcia and her family have been helping individuals with intellectual disabilities longer than Special Olympics Southern California has carried its current name. Her mother used to run a swimming program with the Jewish Community Center, and she was approached by the Western Games – which would go on to become the California Special Olympics. ...

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: Thank You, Coaches

As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, Special Olympics Southern California would like to recognize the coaches who volunteer their time to help train our more than 34,000 athletes. It is often said that they are impacted more than the athletes they coach. In fact, here are some of the coaches, in their own words, from ...

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 ...