Tag: Unified Sports

National Volunteer Week: Sue Williams

Sue Williams brought the inclusion revolution to the Huntington Beach Union High School District.

INSIDE SOSC: Special Olympics Returns to Capitol Hill, and More

Special Olympics athletes, organization leaders, Unified Sports partners and family members from across the country made the trip to Washington D.C. last week to participate in Special Olympics' annual "Capitol Hill Day." Special Olympics Southern California chairman Kelly Johnson and athlete/staff member Dustin Plunkett were among 260 delegates representing 46 states and the District of ...

SOSC Coach Teaches ‘The L.A. Way’

By Ryan Lefever In the city of angels, there’s one thing that’s making a difference in a special way. Cristian Ortiz, 39, is the head coach for the LAFC Special Olympics team and the L.A. Galaxy Unified soccer team. He has coached with Special Olympics for six years, and he also is an adaptive physical ...

INSIDE SOSC: SoCal, Minnesota Athletes Unify on Football Field

Special Olympics Unified flag football teams from Southern California and Minnesota were treated to quite the NFL experience Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. Three hours prior to the Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings’ contest, the Unified teams squared off on the gridiron in 5-on-5 action (three athletes and two Unified partners). ...

INSIDE NEWS: ESPN Reporter Recognized for Work with Special Olympics

ESPN reporter Michele Steele was recognized for her volunteer work with Special Olympics as she was named the 2019 Commentator of the Year as part of the network's volunteer of the year awards announced last Friday. Per the release, the awards focused on employees who are self-directed in their service and committed to supporting their ...

INSIDE SOSC: Unified Bowling a Hit in Ventura

Unified bowling was a successful addition to last Saturday's Ventura County regional bowling competition at Buena Lanes. Unified bowling, which pairs individuals with and without intellectual disabilities together, was part of the morning's team competition while the individual divisions took place in the afternoon session. In all, 120 bowlers split into teams of four filled ...

INSIDE NEWS: L.A. Times on Rafer Johnson; Trabuco Hills HS Honored

Editor's note: Welcome to the first installment of Inside News, which will highlight stories of Special Olympics Southern California athletes and programs generated by media outlets and other outside sources. By now, you might be aware of the LA84 Foundation Library's exhibit of SOSC founder Rafer Johnson. Earlier this year, Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke spent ...

INSIDE SOSC: 50 Years of Progress, and Counting

For much of the past handful of years, Special Olympics Southern California President/CEO Bill Shumard has left the staff a simple, gentle reminder. What got us here, won't take us there. In many ways, that type of approach can explain how an organization celebrating its 50-year anniversary has evolved and continued to make an impact ...

Special Olympics Athletes Learn from College Basketball’s Best

By Tessa Sechler Just outside L.A. Live and Staples Center on April 12, a day filled with basketball clinics and games was underway. While the NCAA All-Americans would attend the College Basketball Awards later that evening at the Novo, during the day they showed off their basketball IQ and expertise as coaches for future fans. ...

INSIDE SOSC: LA Galaxy Unified Opener, and Hoops Action in Lakewood

This week, WeAreSOSC.org brings to you a brother tandem on the LA Galaxy Unified soccer team and a basketball enthusiast in the South Bay. LA Galaxy Unified Opener Danny Saucedo has been playing soccer his whole life. He is even more dedicated to support his brother, Armando, a Special Olympics athlete for the past three ...