Anthony Mancillas

Betty Belden Palmer Award for Outstanding Athlete

Watch this video of Anthony finding out he is this year's recipient

How Anthony embodies the spirit of Special Olympics:

Sportsmanship - Anthony is well known by athletes on other teams. He observes if someone is hurt or is upset. He is a calming influence on other athletes. If Anthony is concerned about another athlete he lets a Coach know so that the matter is addressed. Anthony is very encouraging of his teammates.

Leadership - Other athletes look to Anthony for direction. His positive attitude is infectious. He does not let a loss get him down and take away from the efforts of his teammates. He is competitive, but always in a positive manner. When Anthony is knocked down he gets up and continues playing. He does not feel sorry for himself or allow himself to be critical.

Commitment to teamwork - Anthony never puts himself above the team. He is a joy to Coach because he always accepts the role you give him. He plays hard no matter what team he is asked to play on and encourages his teammates to work together. He is always looking for a teammate to pass to and is never one to hog a play for himself. He works hard and always considers how to get all his teammates involved.

Anthony as a Special Olympics Ambassador-Anthony does his part to give back to Special Olympics by taking speaker training and by representing SO at events. He is such a positive representative. He believes in the mission of SO and is such a good role model in what SO represents. Anthony has some physical limitations that prevent him from moving as quickly as some other athletes. He more that makes up for that in grit and determination.

Ed Arnold

OC Hall of Fame Recipient

Ed Arnold, 60-year broadcasting veteran and Special Olympics supporter, is the 2020 OC Hall of Fame Recipient. Ed has been with Special Olympics since Eunice Kennedy Shriver took the games from her backyard to the national then international stage. Arnold was a founding board member of the Western Special Olympics and still plays an active role in Special Olympics Southern California events. He was the state chairman of Health and Safety for the California Jaycees in 1968 when the organization was asked to get involved and has been a volunteer for all 52 years. Ed and Rafer Johnson are the only two original founding board members still involved. Ed served on the board of directors for many years and for over 40 years was the games’ announcer and master of ceremonies of the opening ceremonies at the Summer Special Olympics beginning with the 1969 Inaugural Western Special Olympics Games at the L.A. Coliseum. In recent years he has been the emcee of the “Rafer Johnson Breakfast” at the SOSC Summer Games in Long Beach. Special Olympics honored Ed with the inaugural “Rafer Johnson Humanitarian Award” in 2010 at the event.

Ed also got involved with Special Olympics Orange County at the start since he is a longtime Fountain Valley resident. Through the years he helped contact schools to get their participation, helped raise money, got others involved, emceed SOOC opening ceremonies and games and did just about anything that founding OC Area Coordinator Madeline Evans asked. Arnold was the master of ceremonies and auctioneer for the Vince Ferragamo golf tournament during its 32 years as a major fundraiser and helped Joann Waldron and the late Betty Belden Palmer start Special Olympics on Parade. He served as emcee and auctioneer during the early years and continued as emcee through 2019.

What Ed loves most about Special Olympics is how the organization has not only changed the lives of our athletes, but how it has changed the lives and attitudes of their families and people around the world.

None of what Ed has done could have happened without the support of his wife Dixie.