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YOUNG ATHLETES SOCCER CLINIC COMES TO TRI-VALLEY SOCCER COMPETITION
9/14/2018

 

This year’s Tri-Valley Regional Soccer Competition will be feature the first Young Athletes Soccer Clinic in Glendale. 

Special Olympics Young Athletes is an innovative sports program for children, ages 2  through 7, with intellectual disabilities as well as their typically developing peers. The program is designed to introduce them to the world of sports prior to Special Olympics eligibility at age eight.

Athletes participating in the clinic will receive fundamental training through interactivities in: Walking, Running, Trapping, Catching, ‚ÄčKicking and Goal Keeping.

 

Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018

Time: 9:30am – 10:30am

Location:
Glendale High School – Baseball Field
1440 E. Broadway,  Glendale, CA 91205

For more information or to register, contact Kim Villa (kvilla@sosc.org).

 

IT'S COMPETITION SEASON - VOLUNTEER FOR A DAY!
8/17/2018

 

Fall competition season begins in less than one month. Event day volunteers are needed for:

  • 2018 SCV Regional Golf Competition: September 15, Vista Valencia, Valencia
  • 2018 Tri-Valley Regional Soccer Competition: October 7, Glendale High School, Glendale
  • 2018 SCV Regional Tennis Competition: October 27, Burbank Tennis Center, Burbank
  • 2018 SCV Regional Softball Competition: November 3, Central Park, Santa Clarita

No experience is needed – just a willingness to show up and do your job and, most importantly, cheer for the athletes as they compete.

Can’t commit for a volunteer shift? Bring your friends, family and neighbors out to cheer for the athletes. FANS IN THE STANDS make competitions more exciting!

 All details including volunteer registration can be found at: https://sosc.org/scvtv/competitions.

 

BOWLING COMPETITIONS THIS SUMMER
7/14/2018

Special Olympics Bowling is now a summer sport.

Athletes began practicing in June and will have two opportunities to compete locally before the SOSC Bowling Championship on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

Grab your family and friends and volunteer at one of these competitions:

 

2018 Santa Clarita Regional Bowling Competition

Valencia Lanes, 23700 Lyons Avenue, Newhall 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Session 1: 8:00am-12:30pm

Session 2: 12:30pm-4:00pm

Volunteer registration at: https://2018-scregionalbowlingcomp-vol.my-trs.com/

 

2018 Tri-Valley Regional Bowling Competition

Matador Bowl, 9118 Balboa Blvd, Northridge

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Session 1: 8:00am-12:30pm

Session 2: 12:30pm-4:00pm

Volunteer registration at: https://2018-tv-bowlingtournament-volunteer.my-trs.com/

 

 

THANK YOU LETR PARTNERS!
6/15/2018

In 1981, Chief Richard LaMunyon of the Wichita, Kansas Police Department created the Law Enforcement Torch Run® as a way to involve his officers in the community by running a torch relay for their local Special Olympics. The first Torch Run involved six officers and they raised no money.

The Torch Run has grown to include more than 125 runs in 48 nations. Since its inception 33 years ago, more than 100,000 law enforcement officers have raised $500 million for the Special Olympics movement worldwide.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Southern California is the largest public awareness vehicle and grassroots fundraiser with more than 3,500 officers in Southern California championing acceptance and inclusion.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run in Southern California is one of the leading programs in the world, raising $1,296,400 million in 2017 (a goal of $2 million by 2020) with participants representing over 200 law enforcement agencies.

June 5 & 6 the torch was run through Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley Regions by the following agencies:

  • American Legion LA Sheriff's Starpost 309
  • Burbank Police Department
  • CHP West Valley
  • Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Lancaster Facility
  • Glendale Police Department
  • LAPD Devonshire Division
  • LAPD Foothill Division
  • LAPD Mission Division
  • LAPD North Hollywood Division
  • LAPD Topanga Division
  • LAPD Van Nuys Division
  • LAPD West Valley Division
  • LA School Police
  • LA Sheriff's Department Crescenta Valley
  • LA Sheriff's Department Lancaster
  • LA Sheriff’s Department North County Correctional Facility
  • LA Sheriff's Department Palmdale
  • LA Sheriff’s Department Pitchess Detention Center-North Facility
  • LA Sheriff’s Department Pitchess Detention Center-South Facility
  • San Fernando Police Department
  • Team RWB
  • Vehicle road support provided by: LA Sheriff’s Department Santa Clarita and CHP Newhall

Thank you to everyone who ran on behalf of the 2,000 Special Olympics athletes participating in Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley programs!

 

ATHLETES WIN BIG AT SOSC SUMMER GAMES
6/15/2018

The spring season officially concluded with Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach on June 9 & 10. Athletes from Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley Region brought home many medals and countless memories. Photos tell the best story of the weekend. Congratulations athletes and THANK YOU coaches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW RECRUITING COACHES FOR SUMMER & FALL SPORTS
5/23/2018

As more athletes register to participate Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley sports programs, more coaches and team volunteers are needed.

You’ve never coached tennis, volleyball, softball, soccer or golf? No problem. Existing teams have head coaches in place and we train new coaches just before the start of the season.

Why coach?

“[It’s] not just about what you can give, it’s about what you receive. These athletes are pure joy to be around.”- Bruce Pearson, soccer and basketball coach

“I love teaching the game to these athletes who are so eager to learn. They are great athletes, great people and it is so inspiring to watch them compete and succeed.” – Elizabeth Villa, soccer coach

“It’s just so fun…”– Adam Sutphin, soccer, basketball, flag football and athletics coach

What jobs are available? We are in immediate need of bowling coaches (season begins June 12). 

  • Head Coach: lead a team of athletes and coaches through training and competition. Head Coaches assist with the recruitment of Athletes, Coaches and Team Volunteers. Head Coaches create, organize and conduct a comprehensive sports training program training program. SOSC provides sports training through the Coaches Education program for individuals interested in this position. Head Coaches are appointed by the Region/Area. (Must be 18 years of age.) Best fit: previous Special Olympics coaching experience in the sport and ability to oversee coaches and volunteers in executing a training plan.

  • Coach: assist Head Coaches with creating, organizing and conducting a comprehensive sports training program. Coaches are preferred to have knowledge and/or coaching experience in the sport that they are coaching. SOSC will provide sports training through our Coaches Education program for individuals interested in this position. (Must be 16 years of age.) Best fit: understanding of sport and completion of SOSC sport-specific training.

  • Team Volunteer: assist Head Coach and Coaches with sports and non-sports training activities. Team Volunteer will support the coaches by working one-on-one with athletes to help them understand coaching instructions. (Must be 14 years of age.) Best fit: interested in getting involved coaching Special Olympics athletes; limited prior experience; parent/caregiver working with athlete.

  • Team Administrator: assist Head Coach in the management of the team, including distribution and collection of uniforms, management of sports equipment, communication with parents, athletes and caregivers, registering team/athletes for competitions. Training provided by SOSC. Best fit: desire to be part of a team but not sure of coaching, organized and detail-oriented, proficient computer skills.

 

 How do you get started?

  1. Go to: www.sosc.org/volunteer/application.
  2. Complete Application & Background Check
  3. Complete Online Volunteer Training
  4. You will be notified by SOSC when your process is complete.
  5. You will be contacted by Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley staff to find out which team you want to join.

 

Don’t delay! Join the team today! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - SANTA CLARITA REGIONAL SPRING GAMES
4/19/2018

Just a few weeks until the 2018 Santa Clarita Regional Spring Games on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Hart High School in Newhall. This is a great opportunity to support local athletes competing in Athletics (track & field), Basketball and Bocce. Do you belong to a service organization, a church, or a school group? Get together a group and volunteer together – it is so much fun when you experience it with your friends and family.

 

 

If you’re not available to work all day, consider joining the festivities at Opening Ceremony (9:00am) – honor the participants during the Parade of Athletes and witness the Flame of Hope carried into the stadium by local law enforcement. Witness non-stop awards presentations. Move from venue to venue to cheer for athletes as they compete.

PARADE OF ATHLETES 

 TORCH RUN

 

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FRIENDS PRESENT MEDALS TO ATHLETES

Come witness Santa Clarita athlete, Ashlee Bahr, who will be competing for Team SOSC this July at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle.

 

OR…join us at the end of a long, hot day loading equipment, cleaning up venues and breaking down bocce courts. Just show up on the Hart High School football field at 2pm and join the clean up fun.

 

Register for volunteer jobs at: https://2018-scv-springgames-volunteer.my-trs.com/. Volunteers must be 14 years of age. Children ages 8-13 can volunteer for select jobs when working with a parent. Contact Kim Villa (kvilla@sosc.org) with questions.

 

Registration deadline: May 15, 2018.

 

 

Tri-Valley 2018 Harahan Award Winner
4/19/2018

In 2008, Grace Chase met with Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley Regional Director Laura Mayo about hosting a track meet for Special Olympics at Crescenta Valley High School. Her only request was that athletes from the Glendale area start their own Special Olympics team and participate. The following year, with the support of the local non-profit CV CAN and local volunteers, 100 Special Olympics athletes from Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita, Tri-Valley and 8 Glendale athletes were part of the CV CAN Games that would eventually grow into Special Olympics Tri-Valley Regional Spring Games, which hosts 350 athletes in basketball, athletics and bocce each April. The event launched the beginning of Special Olympics in the Glendale area in 2010 and now the Glendale Local Program boasts one of the fastest growing areas in Southern California with athletics, basketball, bocce, flag football, soccer and Young Athletes programs, a Unified Champion School District and a Regional Soccer Competition.

Grace led a passionate group of volunteers to host the annual event until 2012 when family and grandkid duties demanded more of her time. In the years since, Grace has gotten her family and friends involved in creating a goody bags for each athlete competing in the Tri-Valley Regional Spring Games – that is 350 bags filled with goodies and good luck cards made by local elementary school students and assembled by her friends, children and grandchildren.

Glendale Athletes (Tyler, Luca and Chris) excited about their goody bags at the 2018 Tri-Valley Regional Spring Games

 

Motivated by her adoration for her own sister who has intellectual disabilities, Grace has created a special place in the community where athletes from all over Southern California are celebrated and loved when they enter the gates at Crescenta Valley High School and those efforts have opened the door to acceptance of individuals with intellectual disabilities in all corners of the community. In addition to the goody bags for every athlete, the unique touch from the very first event is the student buddies from Crescenta Valley High School who come to the Regional Spring Games to support the coaches, cheer for the athletes and most importantly, become their friends.

Crescenta Valley High School students with their new friends at the 2018 Tri-Valley Regional Spring Games.

As Grace says very humbly, "It takes a village!" She has been a wonderful leader for her village opening their hearts to a unique experience with amazing athletes from all over Southern California.

 

THANK YOU GRACE! You have forever changed your community!

 

 

 

San Fernando to host 2018 Santa Clarita Swimming Competition
3/19/2018

The San Fernando Regional Pool Facility will host the first Special Olympics competition on Saturday, April 21, 2018 when athletes from surrounding areas will compete in the 2018 Santa Clarita Swimming Competition.

 

Following Opening Ceremony at 9:00am, athletes will compete in a variety of races including backstroke, freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and relays. Competition begins at 10:00am.

 

Want to be part of this special day? Register to volunteer at: https://2018-scv-swimcompetition-volunteer.my-trs.com/. No experience? No worries! There are a variety of positions available, you can view the job descriptions at the registration site.

 

Can’t be there the whole day? Stop by and cheer for the athletes as they compete. Fans in the Stands is the greatest volunteer opportunity for your group – scouts, school team, community group, or church. Come for an hour or stay all day! Registration is not required for Fans.

 

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the accomplishments of these athletes. Questions about volunteering, please contact Kim Villa (kvilla@sosc.org).

 

Crescenta Valley High School Ready to Host Competition
3/14/2018

The highlight of every season is competition, which means wearing that uniform, walking in Opening Ceremony, listening to the crowd cheering your name and ultimately receiving the medal around your neck. 

Spring Competitions in Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley kick off with the Tri-Valley Regional Spring Games on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta. Over 300 athletes will be participating in athletics (track & field), basketball and bocce events. Opening Ceremony will begin at 9:00am.

 

An annual highlight of this event are the 150 Crescenta Valley High School students who provide half of the volunteer workforce mostly serving in the role of partners to participating track athletes. Students spend the day with an athlete, getting to know them, cheering for them at each of their events and eating lunch together. CVHS has been participating in this partnership since 2008 and became a Unified Champion School in 2015. 

 

 

Maybe the best job - entertaining the youngest athletes between races.

 

 

CVHS Students celebrate their athletes gold medal.

 

CVHS Students make sure athletes are properly stretched for races.

Sponsorships and volunteer positions are still available. Visit the event website for all details at: https://sosc.org/scvtv/tvspringgames or contact Kim Villa (kvilla@sosc.org) for additional information.

RACHEL'S STORY
3/11/2018

On Friday, March 9, 2018, Harvard Westlake School hosted the 2018 The Help Group Spring School Games. Harvard Westlake Community Council (about 30 students) and their advisors worked for several months to plan a perfect day.

Harvard Westlake Junior, Rachel Grode, one of the Community Council event coordinators, has a long history of involvement with Special Olympics and wanted to make sure that there would be a "Tunnel of Love" and that her classmates would have meaningful interactions with the athletes.

The Council coordinated all 800 students at the school to form a tunnel around the field to receive and cheer for the athletes as they arrived for competition. Those students then filled the bleachers and cheered for the athletes as they ran the 25M & 50M races. It was really something spectacular. 

The student volunteers were assigned to a group of athletes and during competition, they escorted them from event to event, cheered for them as they competed and, most importantly, they became friends.

Here are a few of Rachel's thoughts about the day:

"I think the event went extremely well! The student body was incredibly excited to cheer on the athletes and I know the event was completely fulfilling to every individual involved."

 

"I, personally, had such an incredible time getting to know the athletes individually. Words can't describe the feeling seeing all of the athletes' smiles. You can truly tell how appreciative each athlete is of the opportunity to compete and how much you, as a volunteer, can impact their lives. It is absolutely priceless!"

 

"It is so great to have the athletes on campus and being able to expose the Harvard-Westlake community to such a kind and wonderful organization that is so close to my heart. Between all of the athletic events and spontaneous dance parties, I would say today was a day filled with smiles and excitement!"

 

Thank you to Harvard-Westlake students, staff and parents for being such gracious hosts for the 2018 The Help Group Spring School Games. A huge thank you to Rachel, the Community Council and the student volunteers for being the heart and soul of a memorable day for the athletes.

DIGNITY HEALTH - GLENDALE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HOSTS MEDFEST
2/16/2018

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, Special Olympics athletes were given free physical exams by Dr. Balian and his team to prepare them for the upcoming sports season. MedFest was created to offer the physical exam that all athletes need prior to participating in Special Olympics sports programming.

 

Tri Fritz, Manager of Philanthropy for Glendale Memorial Health Foundation organized the event including the recruiting of physicians and nurses to give their time to work the event.  Fritz was motivated by a relationship with a Special Olympics athlete who previously worked at the hospital and became a friend to everyone there.  Dr. H. Raffi Balian, medical director of the hospital's acute rehab unit, recently became a Clinical Director for Special Olympics Healthy Athletes just so he could oversee MedFest. He said that he thoroughly enjoyed the day and meeting the athletes that came to MedFest. He was humbled to be part of the event and is excited to be able to share this with his colleagues in hopes they will also share their expertise and training.

 

Carol Johnson, parent of Glendale athlete, Tiana Fairshter, was notified that her daughter's medical needed to be updated at the time she heard about MedFest: "I was just about to call my daughter's doctor to make an appointment, anticipating a long wait for the next available appointment and the hassle of rearranging my work schedule to get her there when I received the flyer about the event. What a relief to have my problem solved - on a convenient Saturday, by appointment so NO WAITING IN LINE and, best of all FREE!" 

Tiana has her pre-exam conducted by a nurse.

Glendale athlete and Global Messenger, Michael Leon, told his mom after his exam that he "really like it better here than at the doctors office. The doctor's were so nice. It wasn't scary at all!"

Glendale track athlete and high school senior, Tyler Penniall, had the honor of being the very first athlete in Glendale to go through MedFest. Tyler's dad was grateful to have the FREE physical done and his paperwork turned in all in the same location. Tyler is now clear for 3 more years of competition.

Tri Fritz said that MedFest was such a great experience for the hospital and they are anxious to schedule the next event. 

A huge thank you from Special Olympics for everyone at Dignity Health - Glendale Memorial Hospital for their individual contributions in making this inaugural MedFest a great event for Special Olympics staff, parents and athletes.

 

GOLF SLINGSHOT
1/19/2018

Golf is tough. Ask anyone who’s ever picked up a club and played the game and they’ll tell you that not only is it a physical challenge, but a mental test as well.

 

Each year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics holds its “scramble” tournament at TPC Valencia (this year on April 16, 2018). A “scramble” takes pressure off the individual player since it stresses success of the four-person team. Scramble tournaments often feature competition holes like long-drive and closest-to-the pin.

 

Two years ago, the LETR featured something a little different: local resident, LETR supporter and self-proclaimed “gear head” Steve Patterson built a larger-than-life sling-shot. “I had an epiphany one night while I was watching my Dodgers on TV. I was trying to come up with a fun, new gimmick for the tournament and I thought it would be great to build something that would project a golf ball down the fairway.”

 

Patterson designed, built, tested, tweaked and finally perfected his contraption that quickly became player-favorite at TPC’s third hole. The par-5 features a near 90-degree dogleg left, where tee shot placement is crucial in trying to reach the green in two. “I’ve played in a lot of tournaments and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said longtime tournament participant Dave Gentzvein. “I absolutely love it and can’t wait to get to the third hole every year now.”

 

Patterson, a retired sergeant from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, has perfected the technique needed for a successful shot. “It takes some practice, but if done right, players will end up with a 250-plus yard drive and set themselves up to reach the green in two.”

 

Patterson’s enthusiasm at the hole is infectious. His outgoing personality and hearty laugh make the hole an absolute hoot for players. “Steve’s a great guy,” Gentzvein said. “He puts his heart and soul into this and I know everyone appreciates his enthusiasm.”

 

“I absolutely love doing this,” said Patterson. “The only thing that would bring a bigger smile to my face would be a Dodgers World Series.”

Don't miss your chance to try Steve's famous slingshot/ball launcher at this year's event.

Go to the official site of the Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley Golf Tournament (https://sosc.org/tpcgolf) to register, donate or sponsor. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Resolve to get involved!
1/3/2018

More athletes than ever are registering to participate in sports in Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley Region increasing the demand for coaches. The three most common reasons people are hesitant to become a Special Olympics coach:

1. "I don't know how to coach athletes with intellectual disabilities." We've got your back! All coaches are required to complete online courses that address working with athletes with intellectual disabilities. All coaches are required to attend "Coaches Camp" at the beginning of the season, which includes hands-on instruction in teaching athletes. All teams have experienced head coaches who lead by example - you will be taught by some of the most seasoned Special Olympics coaches.

2. "I don't know [track, basketball, bocce, etc.] well enough to teach it to athletes." There are many ways for volunteers to help with our sports teams. Our head coaches need loving, caring, patient volunteer to work one-on-one with athletes to help them better understand instructions. All teams benefit from someone that can help with team administration (uniforms, schedules, etc.). You will certainly learn the sport but you can also use your gifts to enhance the overall team experience.

3. "I don't have time." All of our teams practice once a week for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. There are a maximum of three competitions (a Saturday or Sunday event) during the 3 month season. You will be rewarded many times over for the time you spend with the athletes!

Meet Coach Bruce Pearson.

After being "Fans in the Stands" with his family at a local competition Bruce decided to get involved. Basketball was the sport most familiar to him, but it was soccer season. He jumped in and even though he didn't believe he could actually teach the athletes anything, he was determined to "support the coaches that do know soccer, to encourage athletes to do their best, to reinforce good habits in them and to get to know the athletes and their families." 

Having been in other sports environments, Bruce finds the purity of Special Olympics unlike any other he’s experienced. “These athletes love to compete, but they care for each other just as much,” he said, adding, “Seeing an athlete greet a player or coach from an opposing team, watching them sincerely congratulate their opponent on a victory and lose graciously, and seeing the way they interact with and encourage their teammates is so great to watch.”

He also acknowledged that the athletes he’s gotten to work with are “real characters!” He said that it is a bonus to see how they view life differently and, often, when leaving a practice or competition, he finds himself laughing at a song or new joke shared by an athlete. Bruce will start his second season with Glendale basketball in February. 

“Special Olympics is not just about what you can give, it’s about what you receive. These athletes are pure joy to be around.”

- Bruce Pearson, Special Olympics Coach

Bruce (center) with his family.

 

EVENT VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/1/2018
12/11/2017

Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley host two of the largest spring sports competitions in Special Olympics Southern California in April and May every year. Approximately 200 volunteers are needed in a variety of roles for both competitions. 

TRI-VALLEY REGIONAL SPRING GAMES: 

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta from 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Register at https://2018-tv-springgames-volunteer.my-trs.com/

SANTA CLARITA REGIONAL SPRING GAMES:

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Hart High School in Santa Clarita from 8:00am-4:00pm.

Register at https://2018-scv-springgames-volunteer.my-trs.com/

INVOLVE YOUR COMPANY

On the field...

    

Or in the stands

INVITE YOUR SERVICE ORGANIZATION...

OR MAKE IT A FAMILY EVENT...

You are guaranteed to have a fun, memorable day with Special Olympics athletes! 

SAVE THE DATE AND REGISTER ON JANUARY 1, 2018.

 

Athletes Enjoy a Special Day with the LA Rams
12/11/2017

Special Olympics Southern California partner Los Angeles Rams held football clinics for athletes to promote the launch of flag football, which will begin as a training sport this spring. Athletes were chosen from each clinic to represent their region in the Punt, Pass and Kick Competition at the LA Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 

PUNT: Gia Martinez (SCV)

PASS: Michael Leon (TV)

KICK: Raquel Ellerbrock (SCV)

The competition was just the prelude to the rest of the days activities, which included being on the field during warm ups, great seats for a very exciting game between two of the best teams in the NFL, and on the field halftime recognition in front of 67,752 fans. In a pregame ceremonial coin toss, partners Albertsons, Vons and Pavillions presented of a check for $1.2 million to representatives from SOSC.

CONGRATULATIONS to all athletes! Thank you to thos who represented Santa Clarita (Spencer Barry, Teresa Williams, Gia Martinez, Bodey Waldeck, Raquel Ellerbrock, Alfred Hernandez and Dee Bird) and Tri-Valley (Pauline Flaherty, Chau Nguyen and Michael Leon). 

A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE LA RAMS FOR THEIR PARTNERSHIP AND THEIR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN OUR NEW FLAG FOOTBALL PROGRAM.

BECOME A COACH!
11/27/2017

Special Olympics coaches are people just like YOU! Read the story of how Erin became a coach - are you next to experience what she has? Instructions for becoming a coach follow this story. 

ERIN CAMPHOUSE

In 2014, I retired after a 31-year career in law enforcement. When the call for volunteers for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles went out, I knew I wanted to apply to be a volunteer. I was selected as a caddie for the Costa Rica Golf team and spent five days on the course with two female Costa Rican golfers. At the conclusion of this experience, unable to fully comprehend the level of joy I had experienced in those 5 days, I knew wanted to stay involved with Special Olympics.

The following spring (2016), I volunteered a golf coach for Tri-Valley Golf team. What a unique joy and privilege it was to coach those athletes. At the conclusion of my second season of coaching golf, I was asked if I would be interested in coaching a group of athletes who would make up a new tennis team in Glendale. I play tennis but I was not completely confident that I could communicate what I know to the athletes. With training and mentoring from a seasoned Special Olympics coach, Tom Hartmann, we (myself and an amazing group of six coaches) were able to have a fun and successful season. 

I was a bit uncertain of how I would adequately fill my retired life especially in the ways I had envisioned but becoming involved in Special Olympics and finding the love for the athletes in golf and tennis in my community has given me an even greater sense of satisfaction than I could have ever imagined.  It has become my joy to be involved in Special Olympics and in these athletes’ lives.

How YOU can become a Special Olympics coach and have the experience of a lifetime!

  • Go to: www.sosc.org/volunteer/application to complete the background check and online training. Be sure to choose Santa Clarita, Tri-Valley, or Glendale as your program. This process can be completed in less than 1 hour.
  • You will receive the Spring Sports Schedule from the SCV & TV office in December. Follow the instructions to register online as a coach for that season. 
  • Register for the Spring Coaches Camp per the instructions. This is where you will receive practical training in running a practice, rules, and team management. 

Practices begin in mid to late February, depending on the team. Teams practice one day per week for 1 1/2 hour and participate in 2-3 Saturday competitions between April and June. Teams may be selected to participate in SOSC Summer Games in June. 

Any questions, please contact Alyssa at arountree@sosc.org. 661.489.0538. 

 

 

ADOPT AN ATHLETE FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON
11/27/2017

Special Olympics provides training and competition opportunities for athletes in athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, bowling, floor hockey, golf, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball. Participation is 100% FREE for athletes.

In February, athletes will begin training in athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, and swimming. Please consider sponsoring one athlete this season for only $250! You can choose the program (Santa Clarita, Tri-Valley, Glendale) and the sport and we will assign you an athlete and let you know when and where they will be competing.

Please email Kim Villa at kvilla@sosc.org for more information. 

 

           

 

SOSC FALL GAMES WRAPS UP THE FALL COMPETITION SEASON
11/25/2017

Athletes from Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley had their final competition of the 2017 Fall Season at the SOSC Fall Games in Fountain Valley.

 

Santa Clarita Bull Sharks, Glendale Thunder and Tri-Valley Earthquakes had silver and bronze medals in the soccer competition.

 

 

Santa Clarita Shark Attack walked away with gold medals in volleyball.

 

The Santa Clarita Tiger Sharks were undefeated gold medalists in softball.

 

Santa Clarita, Tri-Valley and Glendale were well represented in bowling and tennis competition.

 

 

The highlight of the weekend was the barbecue and western dance on Saturday night!

 

Congratulations athletes and coaches!

You were GREAT representatives for Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley!

 

WELCOME ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL - UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOL
11/25/2017

Special Olympics welcomed Roosevelt Middle School (Glendale Unified School District) as the newest Unified Champion School in Tri-Valley. Principal Dr. Kyle Bruich was presented with the school banner at the 2017 GUSD Fall School Games on November 16, 2017. 

 

The Roosevelt student body jumped into the year providing the host site and 80 student buddies for the first-every GUSD Fall School Games. Students attended a training to prepare for the day and were ready and excited when athletes arrived.

Classwork was put on hold for the morning so that Roosevelt students could be "fans in the stands" cheering for the visiting athletes.


Congratulations Roosevelt! Special Olympics is happy to have you on board and is looking forward to working with you on many more activities to promote inclusion on your campus and in the community.

 

FIRST-EVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GAMES COMES TO GLENDALE UNIFIED
11/25/2017

On November 16, 2017, Roosevelt Middle School hosted 200 elementary school students for a track meet at the first-ever GUSD Fall School Games where they were welcomed to the event by Roosevelt students assembled in a “Tunnel of Love.”

The day was filled with many exciting moments including:

The Parade of Athletes

Opening Ceremony

Luca Tiu, 3rd grader from Columbus Elementary School, had a special moment when he led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance during Opening Ceremony. Luca is a Special Olympics Glendale athlete who participates in tennis and track and is a graduate of the Glendale Young Athletes Program.

Buddies

Eighty of Roosevelt’s students served as buddies to the athletes for the day. The students were assigned to the nine schools and were there to provide assistance for whatever the teachers and athletes needed. The highlight for the student buddies was getting to know the athletes and helping them compete in their events.

Smiles!

      

Celebration

            

Congratulations to everyone! What a great day!

FLAG FOOTBALL COMES TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS
11/9/2017

The Los Angeles Rams hosted a clinic for Special Olympics Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley athletes on October 19, 2017 at College of the Canyons with the help of the COC Football Team. The Rams have chosen Special Olympics as their charity of choice and have committed to helping start the new flag football program.

 

Flag football will be a training sport during the Spring 2018 season. Athletes will learn the game at regular practices but will not compete in Special Olympics competitions until Spring 2019. For this training year only, athletes can participate in flag football in addition to another spring sport. Flag Football will be offered at Glendale College, Valley College and in Santa Clarita.

 

This is a great opportunity for high school football teams to volunteer together. If you know of a football player that would like to rally their teammates, contact Kim Villa (kvilla@sosc.org) for Tri-Valley and Wendy Ellet (wellet@sosc.org) for Santa Clarita.

 

LA PAZ MEXICAN RESTAURANT HOSTS FIRST TIP-A-COP IN CALABASAS
11/9/2017

Special Olympics Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley has had it’s busiest year ever for Tip-A-Cops in 2017. So far this year, through Tip-A-Cops, supporting law enforcement agencies have raised over $46,000 in the Region – up $15,000 from last year, with more scheduled before the end of the year. Of the 19, events so far, eight agencies have hosted Tip-A-Cops for the first time.

 

At Tip-A-Cop events, local law enforcement works alongside restaurant servers and staff talking to patrons about Special Olympics asking for tips that go directly to Special Olympics.

 

On September 26, 2017, the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department spent the day at La Paz Mexican Restaurant for their first-time Tip-A-Cop. Deputies worked tirelessly from 11am – 9pm, serving a steady stream of local patrons. Assisting the deputies and servers was Special Olympics athlete, Megan Bingham, whose father, John, Administrative Services Manager for City of Calabasas coordinated the event. Between Megan’s engaging personality and the friendly deputies, just over $4,900 was raised at that single event!

 

A HUGE thank you to LASD Lost Hills for their time and hard work on this event.

Join LAPD North Hollywood Division at Vitello’s (4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City) on December 4, 2017 for their inaugural Tip-A-Cop.

 

Now Recruting Coaches for Spring Sports
11/9/2017

Coaches needed for Spring Sports – Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Flag Football, Swim, and Young Athletes (ages 2-7)