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Update: USA Games Results

Congratulations to USA Game athletes! Together, they won 5 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals during the 2018 USA Games in Seattle! We are so proud of their accomplishments, and are especially proud of their sportsmanship and determination! Join us in congratulating our champions:

Kent - Golf

Christina - Swimming

Heidi and Michael - Tennis

Southwest High School Unified Team - Soccer

And thank you to the amazing coaches who traveled with the athletes and made the whole trip possible! Thank you: Jacque, John, Leslie, Dan, Mauricio, and Kara! 

Plunge, Splash & Play

Close out your summer break with a party at Aquatica with Special Olympics! The park is open early for Special Olympics supporters, after you take the Plunge into the waters of the wave pool, you can enjoy the park for the remainder of the day. 

When: Sunday, September 16 (8am - park closes)

Where: Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark - 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista

Register today: www.sosc.org/SDplunge

Individual Plunger minimum: $150

Athlete Plunger minimum: $150 (includes guest past for guardian)

Everyone who raises $150 receives free entry to the park for the entire day, free parking, a meal voucher, and cool swag items from SeaWorld and Special Olympics. Join us for our most fun-filled event of the year! 

Regional Fall Games and Golf Competition

San Diego's Regional Fall Games are scheduled for Saturday, October 27 at Rancho Bernardo Recreational Center. Spend the day at the park and cheer on our athletes as they compete in soccer, softball, and tennis. Just dont forget to pack your sunscreen and water! 

Our Golf Competition will be on Saturday, October 20 hosted by Oaks North Golf Course. Join us as our athletes perfect their skills and compete in golf. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making these competitions possible!

Title Sponsor: Psyonix

Supporting Sponsors: TD Ameritrade, UE.co

Journey to the Final Leg

WIth Spring comes many different activities in San Diego. On top of all the competitions through the Community Program and through the Schools Program, the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising season is here as well! So far we've had six Tip-A-Cops across the county from Urge Gastropub & Common House in San Marcos, to the Boathouse Restaurant in San Diego, all the way down to Nicky Rottens in Coronado. And we still have more to come!

In addition, our law enforcement friends from across the county are busy recruiting runners and donations for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. In just one month, law enforcement has raised over $50,000 for our San Diego County athletes. Next time you see an officer, make sure to thank them for their unwavering support! 

Celebrating Chief Froomin

It is with heavy but grateful hearts that we share, Chief Jon Froomin will be retiring and returning to his home in Northern California. Chief Froomin has been an active volunteer and supporter of Special Olympics for well over a decade. He began volunteering in Northern California and brought his passion for our athletes to Southern California when he accepted the position of Chief of Police for the City of Coronado. Chief Froomin played an active role in ensuring Coronado Police Department participates in the Law Enforcement Torch run, and he is a member of the San Diego County Regional Leadership Council.

However, Chief Froomin's biggest impact has been as a Games Management Team volunteer. At nearly every competition hosted in San Diego County you'll find Jon; not in his uniform, but in his Special Olympics gear, making sure our competitions go as smoothly and with as much fun as possible for our athletes. His dedication and passion for our athletes will be missed immensely, and we cannot thank him enough for his support.

Join us in wishing Chief Froomin all the best in retirement! We'll miss you Chief! 

San Diego represents at National Games

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will take place July 1 through July 6 in Seattle, Washington. In total, 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 family members and 10,000 volunteers. An estimated 50,000 spectators will take part in this premier national sports competition, showcasing the power and joy of sports at the highest level. 

We are so excited that San Diego County will be represented at the 2018 USA Games! We will be represented by four athletes, three coaches, and one Unifed High School soccer team. Please help us in cheering on our athletes and coaches! 

Kent M. – Golf

Heidi S. – Tennis

Michael R. – Tennis

Christina P. – Swim

Southwest High School – Unified Soccer Team (10 athletes / 3 coaches)

Jacque M. – Tennis Coach

John G. – Athletics Coach
Leslie R. – Head coach for SOSC swim


Spring Season has arrived!

Our Spring Season has begun! This Spring, Special Olympics in San Diego County will be offering basketball, swimming, bocce, track and field, and flag football. Flag Football is our newest sport, if you are interested in learning more, call our office: 619-283-6100.

Our competition dates have also been set. Please save the dates!

Track and Field Competition - April 21 - Point Loma Nazarene University

Regional Spring Games - May 19 - Carlsbad High School

We are also excited to announce a new community partner, who is sponsoring our Regional Games for all of 2018, Psyonix! If you aren't familiar with Psyonix, they are an independent video game developer and publisher based here in San Diego. They are the creators of the sports-action hit, Rocket League. We are so grateful for Psyonix's very generous sponsorship of our Regional Games and look forward to introducing them to the amazing athletes of Special Olympics. 


Global Messengers - Athlete opportunities beyond sports.

At Special Olympics in San Diego County we provide eleven different sport opportunities to our athletes. But did you know, we also provide leadership and public speaking opportunities? 

We are looking for new athletes to join our Global Messenger Program. If you are an athlete who loves to talk about Special Olympics and who is interested in learning about public speaking, we want you! Through our Global Messenger Program you will receive training on public speaking, and will be paired with a local speech coach who will work with you on your speeches and practicing your public speaking. You will also have the opportunity to represent Special Olympics in the community by sharing your story during special events, with donors, with local business partners, and even on tv. 

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Amanda Baumann at abaumann@sosc.org or 619-283-6197. 

October Donor Recognition

Thank you to the Nordson Corporation Foundation for their recent grant of $5,000 for our programs in North County San Diego! This is our second year of partnership with Nordson, and we are so grateful for their support!

Friends and Family Campaign

As the season for giving quickly approaches, we hope you consider making a gift to our local San Diego County athletes. Every dollar raised will stay in San Diego. In 2017, we have expanded our reach from 2,500 athletes to 3,000 and we will be expanding our sports offerings in 2018. Your donation will help us continue to meet the growing demand for our programs.

You can donate here:  http://sosc.convio.net/site/TR/Events/General?pg=team&fr_id=1210&team_id=1969 

2018 Sports Updates

We have some exciting updates for 2018. We will be expanding to four full sport seasons, adding in Winter and Summer sports. In addition, we will be adding the sport of Flag Football to our Spring Season line up. You can review at our new sports offerings here (https://sosc.org/sports/sportsoffered). Make sure to keep an eye out for our season schedule in the mail for the practice locations and times.

Chapter Fall Games

Chapter Fall Games is on November 11 and 12 this year. It’s a great day filled with competition, fun, and most importantly our athletes. The teams who will be competing at this year’s Fall Games have been notified. But, we encourage you and your family to join us as Fans In the Stands! For more information visit our website: https://www.sosc.org/fallgames


Season of Thanks

Holiday Season is upon us, and we want to express our sincerest thanks to you for being a supporter and member of the Special Olympics San Diego family. All that we have accomplished, and the many athletes we are able to serve is because of the support of individuals like you. Thank you for believing in the unlimited potential of our athletes, and the mission of our organization.