Tag: Special Olympics Orange County

INSIDE SOSC: Thriller in the OC

By Kelsey Lewis HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — More than 50 athletes and 40 volunteers were in attendance as four teams clashed in the 2019 Orange County Regional floor hockey competition at The RINKS in Huntington Beach on Feb. 9. The competition made for a busy bracket with each team playing at least two games throughout ...

Respect: The R-Word Special Olympics Strives to Promote

Stephanie Hardy remembers what life was like as a high school student with intellectual disabilities. There were days she would walk through the quad and bullies would stuff her in a trashcan, and other days would come with name-calling. She wanted to be seen and acknowledged like the rest of the students – but not ...

A Wealth of Perseverance

By Christian Barel There is no challenge that Rebecca Nerney can’t overcome. In 45 years as a Special Olympics athlete, she’s honed her skillset and built upon her confidence as an athlete and individual. At the eager age of 8, she began training and competing in Special Olympics after a teacher introduced her to the ...

#SundaySpotlight: From Playing to Coaching

Cody Nicholson is taking his love of basketball – and his studies – to Long Beach City College in the fall. Cody’s father, Vince, introduced him to Vikings women’s basketball head coach Michael Anderson. From there, Anderson connected with Cody’s high school coach at Brethren Christian, who noted his “basketball IQ.” Cody, a second-year Special ...

INSIDE SOSC: Nike 3-on-3 Spawns World Games Flashback

Joe Hreish was back in the city that re-ignited his passion for Special Olympics, and he couldn’t help but smile about it. The Orange County athlete was among nearly 50 Special Olympics Southern California athletes competing in the Nike 3-on-3 basketball tournament in downtown Los Angeles. It was two years ago, during the 2015 Special ...