Tag: #SundaySpotlight

#SundaySpotlight: Fabiola Aceves

Fabiola Aceves has grown into a more independent, open-minded individual since we last caught up with her at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Now, she’s preparing for this summer’s USA Games and is excelling in a different sport – a team sport. Fabiola, who earned a pair of silver medals in tennis less than ...

#SundaySpotlight: Antoinette and Bernadette Valencia

By Hannah van Warmerdam As the saying goes, two is better than one and that is certainly true when it comes to the Valencia twins. These twin sisters are 32 years old and radiate joy when they are with each other. Antoinette and Bernadette, or “Annie” and “B,” have been involved in Special Olympics since ...

#SundaySpotlight: Christopher Barnes

From fútbol to football, Christopher Barnes enjoys the thrill of competition. This summer, the Southwest High School product from San Diego and his teammates will compete in Unified soccer at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Christopher, who first got involved with Special Olympics through track and field, said the best part is "competing ...

#SundaySpotlight: Tyler Cribbs

Tyler Cribbs is more than just an athlete, and one day he hopes to parlay his love for sports into a broadcast career. Tyler, a radio and television major at Long Beach City College, has dreams of being a sports broadcaster or radio DJ. He currently works on two radio shows at the school. “I’ve ...

#SundaySpotlight: Christina Principe

Christina Principe idolizes swimmer and 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. She hopes to turn in her own medal-worthy performances this summer at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. The 39-year-old from San Diego County does it all, including the freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke. More impressively, she competes while legally blind in ...

#SundaySpotlight: David Amavisca

David Amavisca’s involvement with Special Olympics Southern California started as a parent, like many. David and his wife, Yndira, then branched out into volunteering, and specifically coaching. David’s impact has reached far more than just his son, Elias, as he was named the 2018 Floor Hockey Coach of the Season. David, a Santa Maria resident, ...

#SundaySpotlight: Scott Haynes

Scott Haynes was in the net, stopping shots for the San Diego Vista Red Wings at the Floor Hockey Championship on March 11. The 30-year-old even posted a shutout in one of the team’s three games, a 5-0 win over the Laguna Hills Eagle Hawks, to help them earn the silver medal in the green ...

#SundaySpotlight: Officials Travel Extra Mile

By Tracy McDannald and Sean Minnihan Attend a Special Olympics Southern California event and it will be hard to miss spotting a volunteer in any direction you turn. They assist in several capacities, from coaches to souvenir boutique volunteers to medics. Yet, perhaps the easiest place to overlook a volunteer at work is on the ...

#SundaySpotlight: United in Passion

LONG BEACH – When you dine at a Chef Gino Angelini restaurant, you can see and taste the amount of passion and pride he puts into his food and its presentation. It is who he is. Why shouldn’t it be, since he has devoted his life to it since he was 14? With that passion ...

#SundaySpotlight: Unified Champion Schools

LONG BEACH – The school year is in full swing and so too is the recruitment of Unified Champion Schools through Special Olympics Southern California's Schools Program. In partnership with schools and school districts, Special Olympics Southern California utilizes the Unified Champion Schools strategy to activate youth to develop school communities where young people are ...