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Celebrating Rafer Johnson: UCLA’s ‘Most Prestigious’ Living Legend

By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson’s gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics put him in a different stratosphere at home in the U.S. and abroad. He drew interest from the Los Angeles Rams, who drafted him in the 28th round in 1959, despite not playing a single down of college football. Hollywood ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: An Olympic Decathlon for the Ages

WeAreSOSC.org previously highlighted Rafer Johnson’s journey to get to the 1960 Rome Olympics and his place in history as the U.S. flagbearer during the Opening Ceremonies. Now, we take you through his gold-medal performance in the decathlon and the bond he shared with fellow competitor C.K. Yang. By Tracy McDannald Rafer Johnson would be the ...

Celebrating Rafer Johnson: The Build to the 1960 Rome Olympics

For the next few weeks, WeAreSOSC.org will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Special Olympics Southern California founder Rafer Johnson’s gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics, the historical significance surrounding the event and his legacy in the immediate aftermath. Part of that legacy resulted in his selection as the final torchbearer ...

A Chance to Promote Inclusion (and Play Some Football)

LONG BEACH, Calif. – On Sunday, nearly 2,000 runners will hit the campus of UCLA in the sixth annual We Run the City Rivalry Race presented by The Smile Generation. The 5K/10K is in support of Special Olympics Southern California and its more than 31,400 athletes. However, We Run The City is a lot more ...

Registration Open for 2017 We Run the City

LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 4, 2017) – The annual We Run the City, a 5K/10K run/walk benefiting Special Olympics Southern California returns to the campus of UCLA and will be held on Sunday, Nov. 19. Registration for this unique rivalry run is now open and runners can take advantage of early registration pricing at WeRunTheCity.com. ...

Steve Alford Named Keynote Speaker for Annual Breakfast

LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 2, 2017) – UCLA Men’s Basketball Head Coach Steve Alford has been named the keynote speaker for Special Olympics Southern California’s (SOSC) annual Rafer Johnson Breakfast with Champions. The breakfast brings leaders of the business and sports communities together to honor the accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes. The breakfast will be ...

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