Tag: Unified Sports

2018 USA Games: July 4 Round-up

A handful of Special Olympics Southern California athletes celebrated the Fourth of July in style, raking in medals as the competitions heat up. Golf REDMOND, Wash. -- All three Team SOSC golfers medaled in their respective divisions Wednesday at Willows Run Golf Course. Both Kent Menendez and Kyle Aragon had a host of supporters make ...

2018 USA Games: July 3 Round-up

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Two more Special Olympics Southern California teams felt the joy of a victory at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games for the first time on Tuesday. Both the women's basketball team and Unified soccer team bounced back from 0-2 starts in pool play. Women's Basketball Bernadette Valencia scored 10 of her 12 ...

USA Games Spotlight: Southwest High School

The Special Olympics Unified Sports experience can mean different things to different people. For Southwest High School Unified soccer teammates Sophia Martinez, Jovann Plascencia, Eriberto Prado and Samuel Zamora, their time on the team has had several benefits. The four, along with six other teammates, are headed to Seattle for the 2018 Special Olympics USA ...

USA Games Spotlight: Ricardo Cortez and Jeffrey Ray

Through Unified Sports, athletes with and without intellectual disabilities often discover that they have more in common than they initially realized. Basketball is that bond for Lompoc High School and 2018 Special Olympics USA Games teammates Ricardo Cortez and Jeffrey Ray. They both even enjoy watching NBA superstar LeBron James, an athlete who has openly ...

USA Games Spotlight: Antonio Sainz

By Ashley Carney Happiness comes from the people we surround ourselves with. It’s those contagious smiles and laughs that we all live for, and the fun memories we make along the way. For Antonio Sainz, a Unified soccer player, his happiness comes from the moments he spends with his teammates. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Antonio ...

USA Games Spotlight: Hannah Larsh and Ramona Parrish

One month from now, Ramona Parrish and Hannah Larsh will be off to Seattle along with their Lompoc High School Unified basketball teammates for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. For Ramona, the newest member to the team, Special Olympics provides an opportunity to get "stronger." As part of a Unified team, the Special Olympics ...

#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 ...

LA Galaxy Unified Match Friday Under the Lights

LONG BEACH - The LA Galaxy Special Olympics Southern California Unified Team will kick off their 2018 season at StubHub Center on Friday, May 25 following the LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes MLS match when they face the LA Galaxy Academy. Tickets to the doubleheader can be purchased at http://www.lagalaxy.com/tickets. Match time for Galaxy-Earthquakes ...

USA Games Spotlight: Ruby Gonzales and Ashley Schroff

By Hannah van Warmerdam Being involved in sports has many benefits. It brings people together, helps teach valuable lessons, encourages others to achieve goals and ultimately creates unity among team members. Unified sports provides these opportunities for players both with and without intellectual disabilities to compete in a friendly, yet competitive atmosphere. Athletes such as ...

USA Games Spotlight: Pilar Roncoroni

By Sean Minnihan Pilar Roncoroni got her start with Unified Sports because her mother, but it wouldn’t take long for her to recognize that she had fully embraced her role in playing soccer with her fellow Special Olympics athletes. Unified Sports, for Pilar, started as a school program to participate in, and now she is ...