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Fall Games

Sunday, December 4 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
at the Rinks at Huntington Beach Inline & Fountain Bowl


Unleash Your Inner Champion

Latest Updates
from the 2016 Fall Games


Moments & Fun Facts


Jose Hreish is a returning Special Olympics floor hockey athlete from Garden Grove. After a 9 year break, he made his comeback this year. Jose wants to become a Global Messenger and to get the word out to help the organization grow. He feels being a part of Special Olympics is a great way to make friends.


Christina Tedesco, 46, bowled a 279 to be placed 1st in her division! She says she's practiced, practiced, practiced, and it has all paid off. Christina says she has bowled her whole life and she practices every week. This Parkway bowler is going home with the gold!


Roman has participated in Special Olympics for 12 years. He has competed in aquatics, tennis, bowling, volleyball and this is his 3rd year competing in floor hockey. Roman's favorite part about the Games is playing hard and winning, as well as making his dad proud.


Bowling Photos


Check out some of the photos we got this morning during the first half of bowling competition!



PHOTOS

Welcome to Bowling & Floor Hockey


Fall Games Bowling and Floor Hockey competition kicked off at 9 a.m. Bowling is taking place at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley and floor hockey is happening at The Rinks in Huntington Beach. Floor hockey competition is featuring our 2017 Winter Special Olympics World Games contenders: The El Cajon Gulls! Come on out and enjoy a day filled with inspiration and lively competition. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sunday, November 13 at the Games

The Games continue today Sunday, November 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fountain Valley Sports Park. Athletes will continue their journies toward winning medals and ribbons in soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Admission is free and open to the public. In addition to the competition, the event offers a festival area with games for people of all ages, a Young Athletes Festival, and Healthy Athlete screenings. We hope to see you at the Games!

If you can't make it out on Sunday, the Fall Games will continue on December 4 of Bowling at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley and Floor Hockey at The Rinks in Huntington Beach.


Moments & Fun Facts



Monica, 44 (right), has been playing softball for two years and looked forward to taking her game to the next level today alongside her role model and teammate, Katie Keeler (left), 27. These partners-in-crime play for Ventura County and couldn't wait to play in Fall Games.


John, 9 of Antelope Valley, stretched it out with his role model and coach, Brian Groff. Groff is a military veteran and inspires his team everyday to play their best and encourage not only their teammates but opposing teams as well, embodying the Special Olympics oath.


Ramon, #10 of the Wildcats, scored three goals today in a 4-2 victory against the Green Mojaves. JB Wagoner, executive director of Arc Mid-Cities the organization behind the Wildcats, says Ramon is their star player. Ramon hopes to mirror role model, Chicharito of the Mexican soccer team, and continue his scoring streak and hopefully earning the gold.

Day One Photos


Enjoy a few of the moments we caught on November 12 at Fall Games!


DAY ONE PHOTOS

Parents Who Care


The OC Tigers were one of the volleyball teams to compete at the first day of the 2016 Special Olympics Southern California Fall Games. Joann Waldron came to cheer on her son, Peter, at today’s games. Being a 37 year veteran grounds keeper at Fairview Hospital, Peter is no stranger to hard work. It was this work ethic that qualified him to compete at Special Olympics World Games in Alaska and win a gold medal for downhill skiing.  The experience inspired them to volunteer together at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles as dignitaries and encouraged Peter to try other sports.

Joann is thankful to Special Olympics for helping make her relationship with her son stronger. “Peter’s  teammates all call me ‘Mom’”, said Joann as she watched her son play. It is just this bond of the traditional and extended family that encourages Special Olympics athletes to do their best.


Meet Naveed


Naveed is a 29 year old from Los Angeles, and has been part of Special Olympics for six months now. He is extremely excited about competing today. Although he plays baseball, his favorite part of Special Olympics is watching soccer, and he is inspired by and strives to be like Landon Donovan.


Opening Ceremony


Special Olympics Southern California is proud to welcome Cozmo, mascot of Special Olympics longtime partner the LA Galaxy! Cozmo joined the 2016 Fall Games opening ceremony on Saturday, November 12 to get our amazing athletes pumped up for the day.


MORE OPENING CEREMONY PHOTOS

Get Involved

Thank you to everyone who particpated as athletes, coaches, volunteers, and spectators at the first weekend of Fall Games  on November 12 & 13 at Fountain Valley Sports Park! The Fall Games continue on December 4 at The Rinks in Huntington Beach for Floor Hockey and Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley for Bowling. Both weekends of the Games will attract more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California who will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons! Admission is free and open to the public.

FALL GAMES FACT SHEET

Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of more than 26,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Southern California through sports, education, and athlete health.

Volunteers

More than 1,500 volunteers are needed to make to this event successful.

Become a Volunteer

Fans in the Stands

Cheer on the 1,100 athletes as they compete for the gold.

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Sponsor & Donate

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor for future Games or donating to Special Olympics and making a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and at your organization?

Sponsor

Donate

Featured Exhibits

Healthy Athletes

Healthy Athletes

Saturday, November 12, 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Sunday, November 13, 9 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park

Special Olympics athletes at Fall Games receive free health screenings for Fit Feet, FUNFitness, Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, and Special Smiles.

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Family Pavilion

Family Pavilion

Saturday, November 12 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, November 13 - 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park

Families will be able to relax and enjoy good company, with a host of activities and refreshments available.

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Boutique

Rafer's Boutique

Saturday & Sunday November 12 & 13
Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park
Saturday November 12 at Athlete Dance
Saturday, December 3 at Athlete Dance
Sunday, December 4 The Rinks & Fountain Bowl

Attendees shop for souvenirs and merchandise at the official store for Special Olympics Southern California and Fall Games. Everything from T-shirts to hats to lapel pins and tote bags will be available.

Festival

Festival

Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday, November 13, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park

Attendees can stop by to check out the entertainment, sponsor booths, games, arts and crafts, music, and much more. Families of athletes are also welcomed to stop by the Family Pavilion.

Young Athletes

Young Athletes Festival

Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday, November 13, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park

Children with or without intellectual disabilities, ages 2 - 7, are introduced to sports during the Young Athletes Festival at Fall Games.

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Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, November 12 from 9 - 9:30 a.m.
Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park

Kick off Fall Games by attending the free Opening Ceremony, which features the Parade of Athletes, live performances, and the lighting of the official cauldron to signify the beginning of the Games.

Saturday, December 3 at 7 p.m.
Athletes, coaches, and Fall Games delegations only

Closing Ceremonies

Each sport will host a Closing Ceremony when competitions and awards are complete.

Athlete Dance

Athlete Dance

Saturday, November 12
Saturday, December 3


The dance its open to Special Olympics athletes competing at Fall Games only. The theme this year is "Sock Hop".