Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC)

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2023 Rafer Johnson
Humanitarian Award Recipient

Rob Wigod

In 2013, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod welcomed Special Olympics Southern California and Special Olympics Unified Sports® into the world of high school interscholastic sports with open arms. Through his leadership, Commissioner Wigod has since created numerous invaluable opportunities to bring the Special Olympics mission and vision to high schools – resulting in the creation of and rise in demand for Unified Sports Leagues across Southern California, where students with and without intellectual disabilities compete together on the same team as teammates and are recognized just as any other high school athlete, earning an athletic letter for their accomplishments in sports. Although retiring this year, Commissioner Wigod’s legacy within the CIF as an inclusion hero is everlasting. He continues to be instrumental in his work to get Unified CIF qualified as an official lettered CIF sport across California.

Rob Wigood
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