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Happy Holidays & Office Closure Reminder!

From Your Special Olympics Southern California Inland Empire Staff

Abbey, Stacy, Mimi & Blake

Reminder:  The office will be closed from 12 PM on Friday, December 21 - Tuesday, January 1st. 

We will be back in the office on Wednesday, January 2nd, ready to kick off the new year!

Volunteer at our Regional Spring Games in Fontana

Volunteer registration for the 2019 Inland Empire Regional Spring Games in Fontana is now open online.

Do you enjoy the sports of Basketball, Bocce or Aquatics?  Then don't miss your chance to become one of our volunteers needed to create a transformative experience for the athletes with intellectual disabilities who will compete.

Competition Info:

When:  Saturday, April 6, 2019

Location:  Fontana Park, Fontana

Time:  8 AM - 4 PM

Who can volunteer:  Individuals and groups

Volunteer Opportunites for ages 14 and up:

  • Set-up/Tear-Down
  • Opening Ceremony/Olympic Village Assistants
  • Photographer
  • Score/Time Keepers
  • Line Judges for Bocce
  • Fans-In-The-Stands (ages 8-13 can register with an adult)

Click HERE to register to volunteer!

Inland Empire

NEW EVENT ALERT! Festival Of Speed 2019!

2019 Festival of Speed Fundraiser

to benefit Special Olympics Southern California and the Law Enforcement Torch Run Program

January 12 and 13, 2019

AutoClub Speedway, Fontana

In its inaugural year, we hope to elevate the car show from its roots to a new level rivaled only by England’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Instead of a hill climb to showcase the greatest automobiles in the world, we hope to highlight them in a more relatable and appropriate element – a superspeedway with a road course!  And what better course than the AutoClub Speedway located in Fontana, California.

We will have the opportunity to watch some of the world’s most extreme hypercars and exotics do what they do best – showcase their performance abilities on a track with side-by-side racing, high speed passes, extreme acceleration, and maybe even the occasional burnout!   The OC Festival of Speed will surely offer attendees something unique, exciting and exhilarating to witness for the first time in the U.S.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the world’s greatest cars do what they were intended to do!

Click HERE to register to attend the event!

Click HERE to register to volunteer for the event!


MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Special Olympics Night at Cal Baptist

Using the promo code: SON0212 before February 11th, you can claim up to 5 free tickets to the Lancers vs. Bethesda college game!  

Thank You to the "Applebee's Community Connections" Program

On Saturday, December 1st, through the "Applebee's Community Connections" program, Applebee's Menifee hosted a "Flapjacks" fundraiser to benefit Special Olympic Southern California Mighty Menifee Local Program.  Through the support of the local community, the event raised $1,230 that will go directly towards the Mighty Menifee program.

Thank you to all who attended and supported. 

Thank you to the Murietta Knights of Columbus


On Friday, October 19th, The Murrieta Knights of Columbus sponsored their "Harris Gehl Memorial Annual Golf Tournament".  This year, Special Olympics Southern California, Inland Empire Region was proud to be named as the beneficiary. 

Taking place at the Redhawk Golf Course in Temecula, the tournament had an amazing turnout of participants and the weather was perfect!!  The event kick-off included Athlete presentations and upon completion, an amazing $8,793 was raised. 

Participation in Special Olympics is FREE to all athletes and their family members, and we rely on the generosity of individuals and community members like the Knights of Columbus to help us make a difference.

Thank you!




Do you enjoy planning events?

If you enjoy event planning and have been wondering how you could get involved with Special Olympics, please consider joining one of our fundraising committees.  We are looking for volunteers to help us increase awareness of and raise funds for Special Olympics Southern California, Inland Empire Region. 

As you may or may not know, participation in Special Olympics is FREE to all athletes and their family members, so we rely on donations and fundraising events to help us make a difference. 

We are looking for volunteers with skill sets in any of the following areas:

  • Corporate Sponsorship Engagement
  • Community Engagement
  • Live/Silent Auction and Raffle Coordination
  • Entertainment Coordination
  • Ticket Sales
  • Vendor Coordinator
  • Event Decoration
  • Media/Public Relations


  • Big Bear Polar Plunge – March 2, 2019
  • LETR Temecula Torch Run – May 19, 2019
  • Hats Off to Special Olympics – November 2, 2019

If you would like to receive more information about any of these events, please contact Mimi Wright, Administrator of Volunteer Engagement at 


8th Annual Big Bear Polar Plunge

Run, walk, or dance into the chilly waters of Big Bear Lake on Saturday, March 2 to raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. For just a minimum of $50, you can participate in the coolest event of 2019 - the Polar Plunge. Not only will you brave the cold waters, but you'll have the opportunity to earn incentives, party with friends, and be freezin' for a reason: to help support Special Olympics.

For more information click here:

From your staff at the Inland Empire!


Abbey, Stacy, Mimi & Blake

Zumba Fundraiser Success

A special shout out to everyone who supported our Zumba Masterclass on Sunday, November 18, 2018   

With 2 solid hours of dancing sweating and having a great time, we raised $1,000 that will go directly towards supporting Special Olympic Athletes in the Inland Empire Region. 

We want to thank Zumba Instructors Zuzu Zumba, Krissy Vandy, Marie Ynami, Jeri Lee and IE staff member Mimi Wright for bringing their amazing energy to the party.  Venue Host, The Active Church in Yucaipa and vendors, DomillisaPartylite by Brittany, and Laura's LulaRoe Box for your support and donations to the raffle drawing.  All of the students, families, and friends who joined us on the dance floor were amazing and you can see pictures and videos of all the fun on the Facebook Event Page.

Temecula Valley Area Director Sue Reed Recognized!

 The City of Wildomar recently recognized our very own Sue Reed in appreciation of her hard work, dedication and compassion in assisting and participating in the Cop-On-A-Rooftop event held at their local Dunkin' Donuts on Friday, November 2nd to benefit Special Olympics Southern California, Inland Empire Region. 

Congratulations Sue!  A recognition well deserved!

We appreciate you!

Congratulations to Local Program Coordinator Hilda Bojorquez!

The City of Menifee recognized our very own Hilda Bojorquez as a “Community Champion” by the California Parks & Recreation Society (CPRS) for her tireless efforts improving the quality of life for Menifee residents through her commitment to Special Olympics - Inland Empire Region. The Community Champion Award honors and recognizes individuals and organizations who have contributed significant effort to influence and improve the quality of their community through parks and recreation.

Please join us in congratulating Hilda.  We know is that she very deserving of this recognition! 

A Successful Red Robin Tip-A-Cop!

 We'd like to send a big shout out to the La Quinta Police Department and California Highway Patrol, Red Robin staff, SOSC Athletes and family members along with the local community who came out to support the Red Robin Tip-A-Cop on November 1st.

The event was a success and together we raised $1,184! 

All funds raised to benefit Special Olympics Southern California athletes in the Inland Empire Region!

We appreciate you!  


Thank you Barstow Sheriff's Station and Barstow CHP for all your support!

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, Barstow County Sheriff's Station & California Highway Patrol Officers worked alongside the Oggi's staff to raise an amazing $2,563 to support the Special Olympics athletes in the Inland Empire Region! 

 Way to go everyone!


Cop-On-A-Rooftop is Happening All Throughout Southern California THIS FRIDAY!

Join us on Friday, November 2nd from 6-10 am for our second annualDunkin' Donuts Cop On A Rooftop event taking place at 68 locations across Southern California. 

During the fundraiser, local law enforcement officers will stake out Dunkin' Donuts rooftops to heighten awareness and raise money for Special Olympics Southern California.   

Everyone who makes a donation at this event will receive a coupon for one FREE medium coffee!


Inland Empire Region Locations: 

11995 E. Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

924 E Ontario Ave., Corona

355 S Mountain Ave., Upland

36270 Hidden Springs Rd. Unit A, Wildomar

40361 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd, Murietta

4922 La Sierra Ave., Riverside

18641 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside

15082 Bear Valley Rd., Victorville

42225 Jackson St. Building J, Indio






INSIDE SOSC: IE Regional Fall Games Recap

For a sixth year, Big League Dreams’ facility played host to the Inland Empire Regional Fall Games this past weekend in Perris.  For more on this story, click HERE. 

Red Robin Tip A Cop Success!


THANK YOU to all the supporters of the November 1st Red Robin Tip-A-Cop! 

The La Quinta Police Department, California Highway Patrol Officers and The Thermal Sheriff Explorers worked alongside the Red Robin staff to raise an amazing $1,184 to support the Special Olympics athletes in the Inland Empire Region! 

 Way to go everyone!

Another Successful Applebee's Tip-A-Cop


THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the October 18th Applebee’s Tip-A-Cop a success! 

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol Officers worked alongside the Applebees staff to raise an amazing $2,180.00 to support the Special Olympics athletes in the Inland Empire Region! 

 Thank you to everyone for your support of Special Olympics and all of our athletes, coaches and volunteers.


California Pizza Kitchen Tip-A-Cop was a Huge Success!

A huge SHOUT OUT to all who helped make the October 11th California Pizza Kitchen's Tip-A-Cop a success! 

Law Enforcement Officers in Chino Hills, Palm Desert, Rancho Cucamonga and Temecula worked along CPK's awesome servers and hosts and raised more than $7,815 in tips and other donations to support our Special Olympics Athletes! 

 Thank you to everyone for your support of Special Olympics and all of our athletes, coaches and volunteers.


Did you know?


Show your support for local athletes with Down Syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, by attending a Special Olympics event.  Whether you attend a competition or fundraisers, our athletes will be excited by the encouragement they receive from the community.

Thank you Fontana School Police Department

A huge THANK YOU to everyone for making the October 4th Applebee’s Tip-A-Cop a success! 

We're excited to announce that a total of $4311.00 was raised to support our Special Olympics athletes! 

 Thank you to everyone for your support of Special Olympics and all of our athletes, coaches and volunteers.


Thank You Rancho Cucamonga!

We'd like to send a big shout out to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Special Agents, Rock & Brews staff, SOSC Athletes and family members along with the local community who came out to support the Rock & Brews Tip-A-Cop on September 20th.

The event was a success and together we raised more than $2,200! 

All funds raised to benefit Special Olympics Southern California athletes in the Inland Empire Region!

We appreciate you!  

Mark Your Calendars!

Downloadable flyers for all of these events will be posted here and on our Facebook Page but you can click the links for general information. 

Saturday and Sunday, January 12th and 13th

Festival of Speed  to benefit Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run Program, Fontana

Saturday and Sunday, January 26th and 27th

Coaches Camp, Chaffey College

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

CBU Basket Ball "Special Olympics Night with the Lancers"

For more information, contact or 951-552-8283

Saturday, March 2, 2019
8th Annual Big Bear Polar Plunge, Big Bear

Sunday, May 19, 2019
18th Annual Temecula Torch Run, Temecula

Sunday, November 2, 2019
Hats off to Special Olympics Casino Night, Redlands