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Rafer Johnson and SOSC Athletes


Saturday, June 10 at 11:00 a.m.


Cal State University Long Beach Student Union

1212 N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90815

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Guest Speaker

Cori Close

UCLA’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Cori Close, has coached three gold-medal winning squads for USA Basketball, including the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup. Close has also been named co-recipient of the 2021 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award. Close has led UCLA to seven postseason appearances in her ten seasons as head coach, including four consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearances. Before joining UCLA, Close had 18 seasons of experience as an NCAA assistant coach and was a four-year starting point guard at UC Santa Barbara.

Master of Ceremonies

Kirk Hawkins

KTLA5 News Anchor

Athlete Parent Speaker

Jill Wall

Athlete Speaker

Joseph Gorin

About Rafer Johnson

For decades, Rafer Johnson has shined both on and off the
sports  field. In the 1960 Olympic Games, he was USA team
captain and won the gold medal in the decathlon. In 1984,v
Rafer lit the cauldron to open the Olympics in Los Angeles.
While Rafer’s celebrity came from sports, he used his infuence
to change the world. Along with supporting dozens of charities,
he founded Special Olympics California in 1969. Special Olympics Southern Claifornia will carry on Rafer’s legacy to be
“The Best We Can Be.”

Rafer Johnson
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