Tag: special olympics

Join Joseph’s Journey: All About Shape

Editor's note: "Join Joseph's Journey" is a blog written by Joseph Gorin, a Special Olympics Southern California athlete and member of SOSC's Board of Directors. Joseph, who has cerebral palsy, started training and competing with Special Olympics in 2003. Back then, he was a quiet kid who would barely look people in the eyes. Now, ...

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 ...

SOSC Creates Virtual Season: Healthy Lifestyle Challenge for Athletes Amid COVID-19 Health Crisis

Special Olympics Southern California launched a Healthy Lifestyle Challenge in lieu of the canceled Spring Sports Season affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. The challenge, which launched April 6 and runs through June 7, will serve as a virtual season designed to help set healthy patterns and routines for all members of the SOSC community, ...

SOSC to Cancel All Fundraising Events through June Due to Coronavirus

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, we are cancelling all in-person fundraising events through June. We did not make this decision lightly, but after the latest information and direction we received from the State of California; our Official Health Partner, Kaiser Permanente; and local authorities, we believe this is in the best course of ...

The Revolution is Inclusion: First-ever Special Olympics athlete-led panel convenes at United Nations

Dustin Plunkett demands inclusion for all during 12th Session of the Conference of States Parties. On Monday, June 10th, Special Olympics International, in partnership with the United Nations Division for Inclusive Social Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations (UN) hosted a panel discussion ...

A Torch Running Pioneer

by Tessa Sechler Many say that people who are runners like it because they get to be alone. Others say that they find friendship in the groups they run with. While she may not have known it at the time, Special Olympics Southern California athlete Laura Cook helped spread the tradition of one the most ...

Steve Bolton: ‘We Are the Edge of the Movement’

By Tessa Sechler Volunteers within Special Olympics could easily be compared to the oil that flows through a machine, allowing everything to run smoothly. From setup, meal services and overall constant support, volunteers are the people that the athletes see most. Special Olympics could not be the success that it is without the work of ...

Rafer Johnson: A Special Olympics Visionary

Rafer Johnson has endless achievements to his name. He has won an Olympic gold medal and silver medal in the decathlon. Sports Illustrated named him its Sportsman of the Year in 1958 and ESPN included him among the 100 Greatest North American Athletes of the 20th century. He’s appeared in a James Bond film. Yet, ...

Six Southern California Athletes Chosen for 2019 World Games

Updated July 29, 2018 LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 20, 2018) – Six athletes from Special Olympics Southern California have been chosen to participate in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March of 2019. Representing Southern California at the World Games will be Megan Bingham (La Crescenta, Calif.), ...

ESPN Coverage for USA Games Begins July 1

LONG BEACH, Calif. - ESPN’s coverage of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle will begin July 1 with a live two-and-a-half hour special on ABC capturing the inspiration, pageantry, performances and special guests of the USA Games Opening Ceremony. Kevin Negandhi will host ESPN’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony, and will anchor its nightly coverage ...