Tag: Summer Games

Johnny Hekker to be Keynote Speaker for Annual Breakfast

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Mar. 22, 2018) – Special Olympics Southern California’s (SOSC) annual Rafer Johnson Breakfast with Champions is part of the opening day of the annual Summer Games on June 9 at Cal State University, Long Beach. Los Angeles Rams’ All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker will serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s event, ...

#SundaySpotlight: Kent Menendez

By Christian Barel Trying something new can be a path to a lifelong passion. For Kent Menendez, this statement holds true. Not afraid to immerse himself in new experiences, he attempted playing almost every sport. However, with those sports something didn’t seem to mesh with him. Well, at least that was the case, until he ...

#Bestof2017: Little Voice

This last week of 2017, we have looked at some of the moments that define the movement here at Special Olympics Southern California. There were so many, but we are attempting to give you the "Best of 2017." Today, on the final day of 2017, we wrap-up our "Best of 2017" with this story about ...

SOSC Announces Upcoming Changes to Sports Offerings

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Special Olympics Southern California has unveiled a new sports plan that will maximize the amount of training and competition for athletes year-round, allow it to serve more athletes than ever before, and enhance the athlete experience. A Sports Taskforce formed in 2016 to assess SOSC’s sports offerings and ...

#SundaySpotlight: We Got Some Heat

Today we begin our #SundaySpotlight series on WeAreSOSC.org and our first feature fittingly starts with the athletes.  Our spotlight will be a little more focused, so today we will take a look specifically at the competition. From the waters of the pool to the links of the golf course, then to the mat at gymnastics, ...

From UCSB to Special Olympics

By Naomi Cahill UC Santa Barbara alumna Jordan Franey brought her A-game to the basketball court for this year’s Summer Games – not as an athlete, but as a referee. The former Division I women’s basketball player was running up and down the court, blowing her whistle and guiding the players to ensure a fair ...

Through the Eyes… Day Two

On Monday, we posted a gallery of photos from day one of the 2017 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games. The shots were "through the eyes" of photographer Jim Cayer, a 2017 Michael W. Harahan Award Recipient, which is presented to volunteers with exceptional dedication and performance in their volunteer role. Here are his selections ...

What It Was Like to Attend, Volunteer at Summer Games

Editor’s note: Michael Amormino and his wife, Thann, attended Summer Games as volunteers. They collected stories and photos and this is their first-hand account. This was our first time volunteering at the Special Olympics. My wife and I signed up with the Special Olympics Southern California communications team for Summer Games. The experience we received ...

Through The Eyes of an Award Winner

Jim Cayer has supported Special Olympics Southern California for more than a decade as a volunteer photographer. His photographs are breathtaking and always put our athletes in the best light. He captures their determination, courage, and heart. His dedication to photographing the perfect shot of our athletes shows his passion for our movement and athletes. ...

What They’re Saying at Summer Games – Day 2

Find out what the athletes, coaches, volunteers, and more, were saying on Day 2 at Summer Games – in their own words: “These athletes are empowered through competition and achieve their goals for acceptance and independence with their peers.” -Victoria Dario, swimming awards volunteer coordinator "I love going to different areas and love meeting new friends, ...