Tag: South Bay

South Bay Coach Preaches Team First

By Julie Devine For South Bay coach Dave Barro, Special Olympics Southern California is an experience of a lifetime. In more than nine years, he has seen basketball transform lives and continue to shape athletes with determination, and provide a sense of community. A former high school basketball player, Dave began his involvement with SOSC ...

USA Games Spotlight: Jonathan Pierce

By Naomi Cahill and Tracy McDannald FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- In the time leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, one swimmer had officials buzzing. No way, the qualifying times couldn't possibly be right. Jonathan Pierce seems to have that "wow" effect -- whether it's his talent in the water or penchant for ...

Coach: Athletes Are ‘Most Joyful Part of My Week’

Umberto Gatti can look at the athletes on the Special Olympics Southern California volleyball team he coaches in the South Bay and beam with pride. There’s no judgment or preconceived notions, no barriers based on appearance. Respect for one another is just a given. “Seeing our athletes hang out with each other, without thinking about ...

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 ...