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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 ...

SOSC Creates Virtual Sports Leagues So Athletes Can Stay in the Game During the Pandemic

Special Olympics Southern California launched Virtual Sports Leagues so athletes can stay active, socialize and participate on a team, and compete safely during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Athletes will have the chance to compete virtually with their team from March 29 through June 5. Learn more at sosc.org/VSL. Due to the pandemic and the potential ...

Kaiser Permanente and Special Olympics Southern California Announce Renewed Partnership Benefiting Athletes

PASADENA, Calif., March. 18, 2021 — Kaiser Permanente and Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) today announced a renewed three-year partnership in which physicians and medical support staff will continue providing high-quality health education; medical support; consulting; and when athletes return to competition, sideline care. With March recognized as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, the Special ...

Important Information on the Coronavirus Vaccine

Vaccines are one of the tools we have to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and Special Olympics Southern California wants to make sure you have information and resources regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage everyone who has access to the COVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated. Studies show that the vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. ...

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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. ...

Special Olympics Southern California Announces New President & CEO

LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 21, 2020 -- The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Southern California announces the appointment of Calvin Lyons as the new President & CEO of Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) effective September 28, 2020. Lyons joins SOSC from the Boys & Girls Clubs, where he served as the President and CEO ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: An Immeasurable Impact

By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson isn’t one to beat his chest and flash his Olympic gold medal. It would be years before his own children learned of his mainstream success. Yet, the Special Olympics Southern California founder has many friends and admirers, in addition to family, who will go to bat for him and attempt ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: An Olympic Decathlon for the Ages

WeAreSOSC.org previously highlighted Rafer Johnson’s journey to get to the 1960 Rome Olympics and his place in history as the U.S. flagbearer during the Opening Ceremonies. Now, we take you through his gold-medal performance in the decathlon and the bond he shared with fellow competitor C.K. Yang. By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson would be the ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: History at the 1960 Opening Ceremonies

WeAreSOSC.org is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Rafer Johnson's gold medal decathlon performance. Yesterday, we took a look at his journey to get to the Games. Today, we celebrate the anniversary of his place in history at the Opening Ceremonies. By Tracy McDannald The 1960 Rome Olympics featured a slew of breakout American stars whose ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: The Build to the 1960 Rome Olympics

For the next few weeks, WeAreSOSC.org will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Special Olympics Southern California founder Rafer Johnson’s gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics, the historical significance surrounding the event and his legacy in the immediate aftermath. Part of that legacy resulted in his selection as the final torchbearer ...

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