Tag: Rafer Johnson

Rafer Johnson

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. ...

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: UCLA’s ‘Most Prestigious’ Living Legend

By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson’s gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics put him in a different stratosphere at home in the U.S. and abroad. He drew interest from the Los Angeles Rams, who drafted him in the 28th round in 1959, despite not playing a single down of college football. Hollywood ...

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 ...

INSIDE SOSC: Looking Back at the ’84 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Rafer Johnson's children, friends and media members look back at the 1984 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.

SOSC To Host a Weekend of Virtual Inclusion to Bring People Together During the Health Crisis

Special Olympics Southern California will host A Weekend of Virtual Inclusion on June 6 and 7 as an interactive, alternative experience to the canceled 2020 Summer Games Championship. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Spring Sports Season, including Summer Games, was canceled, but SOSC still seeks to unite all people and celebrate the passion ...

INSIDE NEWS: L.A. Times on Rafer Johnson; Trabuco Hills HS Honored

Editor's note: Welcome to the first installment of Inside News, which will highlight stories of Special Olympics Southern California athletes and programs generated by media outlets and other outside sources. By now, you might be aware of the LA84 Foundation Library's exhibit of SOSC founder Rafer Johnson. Earlier this year, Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke spent ...

INSIDE SOSC: ‘Exhilarated’ Athletes, and Rafer Johnson’s Life on Display

Five competitions were on the schedule this past weekend and WeAreSOSC.org was in Chino Hills and Bakersfield for a pair events. Plus, an exhibit showcasing the life of Special Olympics Southern California founder Rafer Johnson is the newest addition to the LA84 Foundation Library. Inspiring Athletes Find Own Inspiration The cold clouds couldn’t deter more ...

Translate »