Tag: Pomona Valley

USA Games Spotlight: Nihan Uslu

When we last caught up with Nihan Uslu, her mother Ana noted the life-changing benefits of Special Olympics Southern California. Now, the 27-year-old is nearing a trip she will remember for the rest of her life. Nihan and her teammates on the Pomona Valley women's basketball team are set to compete at the 2018 Special ...

#SundaySpotlight: Antoinette and Bernadette Valencia

By Hannah van Warmerdam As the saying goes, two is better than one and that is certainly true when it comes to the Valencia twins. These twin sisters are 32 years old and radiate joy when they are with each other. Antoinette and Bernadette, or “Annie” and “B,” have been involved in Special Olympics since ...

USA Games Spotlight: Jennifer Eckles

Team sports often provide a close knit community and friendships that last far beyond a single game or competition. For Jennifer Eckles, the Pomona Valley women's basketball team delivers on all fronts. Jennifer credits her friend, Nihan Uslu, for introducing her to Special Olympics Southern California. Together, the two are part of the eight-woman team ...

#SundaySpotlight: Angela Zhu

By Ashley Carney As April celebrates National Autism Awareness month, Special Olympics Southern California is reminded of the impact it has had on people with intellectual disabilities, and how it has allowed athletes to live their best lives. Meet Angela Zhu, a 17-year-old from Los Angeles, who has autism. Angela is one of the 70 ...

Driven by Competiton

By Christian Barel Danielle Moore’s life has always been sports-centric. At a young age, she was regularly involved in different sports, playing in leagues for local churches and parks. It was through these organizations that Danielle got to practice what she loves to do: compete. She would play in the leagues until she surpassed the ...

Joyous Family Affair Closes Summer Games

The look of accomplishment when a medal goes around a Special Olympics Southern California athlete’s  neck is as pure of an emotion as there is at Summer Games, and there were plenty of proud faces to be found Sunday at Cal State Long Beach and nearby Recreation 9 golf course. PHOTOS: Summer Games - Day ...