The 2015 Fall Games took place the weekend of November 14 and 15, in Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Irvine. It attracted more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California who competed for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons in six sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

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Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of more than 24,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Southern California through sports, education, and athlete health.


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Photos & Results

Fall Games 2015 event photos and competition results are in! Congratulations to all the athletes who attended, participated and competed!



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Stories from the 2015 Fall Games

Read about the experience of being a volunteer and/or athlete at the 2015 Fall Games.

Noah Darden (age 13) & father, Ed

Santa Clarita

When Ed Darden's son, Noah, was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome around the age of 3, it was a new experience for the entire family. Before then, Ed's world had never been impacted by special needs children.

Now 13, Noah is a tennis player for the Santa Clarita Region.

"I'm with my friends and it's fun," said Noah, adding that the sport has taught him how to focus better.

Ed said he and his son practiced three to four times per week leading up to Fall Games. Along with his wife and 6-year-old daughter, Ed and his family would even come together to prepare Noah for doubles action.

"It's brought us together. It's increased my interest in tennis," Ed said. "So we spend a lot more time together."

Away from athletics, Ed said Noah's journey has proven to be challenging but "educational." Among the things he has learned from Noah, Ed said it's taught him to be more patient.

"It's challenging," Ed said. "It's a lot more work, but it's a lot more rewarding, too. It brings me into this world, and it's quite a world."

"We all have struggles in our lives and we all would want to do other things. We all have areas that take us a little bit longer to sort of catch up, get up to speed with. So it's interesting to watch those challenges play out with him. I wish I could use another word than interesting, but when you see someone struggling and being challenged you feel something."

Sam Fairbanks

Age 26
First-year podiatry student clinician at Western University
Volunteer at Healthy Athletes Fit Feet

"I wanted to do it because it gives me experience that I haven't had yet. I love Special Olympics and what it stands for. I have a lot of friends back home who are disabled in all different kinds of ways. It’s nice to see (the athletes) have an opportunity like this, to make something of themselves through sports, and see the smiles on their faces."

"I have nothing but respect for these people. I had to quit sports because of injuries, but these people are still out here."

Joshua (age 23) & Timothy (age 19) Woodall

Brothers | Long Beach | Softball

Among the 42 Special Olympics athletes from the Long Beach program that are competing at Fall Games, brothers Joshua and Timothy Woodall are packed and ready for a weekend of fun competitions. The Woodall brothers have been participating in Special Olympics for two years. They have competed in basketball, swimming, and softball. At Special Olympics Southern California's Fall Games, the brothers are competing in softball. Their team is on a winning streak, having won most of their games this season, and are excited to have new teams to play and put their skills to the test. "I never miss a game," said the brothers' grandmother Dorothy. "My daughter and I drive wherever they go. You see them smiling and it makes you feel so good to see such joy. It's a blessing to be around them. I just love it. They love it." Since joining Special Olympics, Dorothy describes the changes she's seen in the brother's lives, "it's all about attitude. They are surrounded by other athletes they can look up to. If they struck out, they used to get upset. Now they have learned to be happy. Whatever place they win, I remind them to be happy." When they're not on the playing field, the brothers like to play basketball at the park or go on bike rides.

Alec Zbornak

Age 17
Volunteer coach with Tri-Valley soccer

Alec's mom, who was working at Disneyland, is active with Special Olympics and encouraged him to do the same

"She told me just what a great experience it is. She wanted me to get involved at an early age, so the day I turned 14 we drove the documents down and I was able to sign up and start volunteering."

"When I first came, I was a little nervous because I thought I’d be working mostly with children. But as it turns out, I’m working with all ages. But I realized as I went on how truly sweet, innocent and kind each and every one of the athletes was."

"It’s really been rewarding to me to know that I can make a difference and I can help them. All of them are great people, all of them have great souls. I really want to help them any way I can and I’m glad I can do that through Special Olympics."

Samantha Chavez (age 27)

Moreno Valley

Samantha has been involved with Special Olympics for four years. Her family began noticing she was different when she was two-years-old. When she was four, she was officially diagnosed with an intellectual disability. "We wanted Samantha involved in Special Olympics to give her the opportunity to experience the same things her siblings had learned when they were in sports," said her father Teddie. She has two older siblings: a sister who is currently a Special Olympics coach, and a brother who lives out of state but attends her competitions every time he's in town. "As a family, Special Olympics has allowed them all to share in their experiences and accomplishments," said Teddie. "Special Olympics means so much to Samantha, and it has given her the opportunity to form goals and accomplish them. She has excelled socially and on the field." When Samantha isn't on the field, she likes to go to the movies, hang out with her friends, or spend time with her family.

Chris Munyon

From Long Beach

Chris has been involved with Special Olympics for more than 35 years as an athlete and now a coach for softball.

"It’s all about the athletes. Their ability and their output is really fun to watch."

"Every athlete is a winner, regardless of what place they are. It’s about their heart."

"The coach’s ability to take the time out of whatever they're doing and attend to us, that's most rewarding. I’ve had the feeling of being on one side (as an athlete), I know how that feels; but being a coach, to actually sit back and watch them do their performance, it’s the best."

David Little

Los Angeles | Softball

David is excited to play softball with his team Giant Steps at the Fall Games. Little struggled with his development since he was child. "Doctors were very unclear and didn't provide me with much information," said his mother Velda. He struggled through school both academically and socially. Since Little began participating in Special Olympics, "David's role on a team has boosted his self-esteem. Special Olympics has made him part of a community and given him a place of belonging."

"My mom is always happy for me and pushed me not to give up," David says. "She's my go-to person. Ever since I was a kid, she told me to achieve my goals. That's why I love my momma. She always pushes me. She's the one that tells me that what I do now will take me places in the future."

David emphasizes the importance of dedication. "Don't be a quitter. Just push yourself and learn something new, and you never know where it will take you."


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