The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will showcase the awe-inspiring abilities of thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport, and celebrate the transformative power of Special Olympics.

From July 1-6, Seattle will welcome 3,500 athletes from across the country as they compete in 16 sports. A total of 10,000 family members and 50,000 fans will join the athletes to cheer them on.

Special Olympic Southern California is sending 70 local athletes to the Games! They will compete in athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, softball, swimming, tennis, and the unified high school competition.


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Congratulations to our Delegation

ATHLETICS

Ashlee Bahr - Santa Clarita
Krystal Johnson - Inland Empire
Sarah Kovacs - Westside
Brett Laza - Inland Empire
James Morrell - San Gabriel Valley
Jennifer Palacios - San Gabriel Valley
Anthony Rodela - San Gabriel Valley
Jesus Salazar - Ventura County
Robert Waters - Los Angeles

Basketball

San Gabriel Valley

Fabiola Aceves
Terra Clendening
Jennifer Eckles
Danielle Moore
Alexandra Steen
Nihan Uslu
Antoinette Valencia
Bernadette Valencia

Bocce

Inland Empire

Jennifer Ali
Amanda Maling
Cara Pepe
Tina Phipps

Golf

Kyle Aragon - Tri Valley
Kent Menendez - San Diego County

Softball

San Gabriel Valley

Krysten Augustine
Brett Crane
Tyler Cribbs
Johnny Dixon
Andrew Gates
Bryan Gordon
Derrick Keeton
Paul Lapre
Matthew Lawrence
Samuel Mesa
Matthew Morse
Joseph Phillips
Dustin Plunkett
Travis Ridley
Cornelius Washington

Swimmming

Dawn Albritton - Kern County
Hayden Chrastka - Orange County
Steven Espinoza - Orange County
Nicolette Jones - Inland Empire
Lisa Koskovich - Los Angeles
Nicholas Laguna - Orange County
Jonathan Pierce - Los Angeles
Christina Principe - San Diego County
Ethan Tran - Orange County
Kiana Yep - Santa Clarita

Tennis

San Diego County

Michael Roth
Heidi Sand

UNIFIED HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION

Lompoc High School, Unified Basketball - Santa Barbara County
Southwest High School, Unified Soccer - San Diego County

Congratulations Captain Labrada

Captain Alfred Labrada of the Los Angeles Police department has been selected to participate in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Torch Run Final Leg. He has worked for many years as a volunteer in support of Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). His leadership has had significant impact in expanding the Department's level of participation in not only the annual torch run but also Tip-A-Cop, Plane Pull, Over the Edge and other fundraising events for Special Olympics Southern California.

Captain Al Labrada was born in Mexico City in 1970. He moved to El Monte, California with his mother, 3 sisters at the young age of 5. Upon his graduation from High School he served in the United States Marine Corps and served through the end of the Persian Gulf War where he received an honorable discharge after four years of service. He began his law enforcement career as a police explorer for the California Highway Patrol. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1993 completing his probationary period in Northeast Area of Los Angeles. He then transferred to Southeast Area as a Police Officer, working a variety of assignments including patrol, bike patrol, foot beats, training officer, vice, narcotics and as a Senior Lead Officer.

In October 2000, he was promoted to Sergeant was assigned to Wilshire Area Patrol where he served as a Patrol Field supervisor, Bike Supervisor, Senior Lead Officer Supervisor and Special Event coordinator. In November 2002, Sergeant Labrada was assigned to 77th Patrol and then selected as the Officer In charge of Operations South Bureau Gangs. He served as the Bureau Gang Coordinator, Violent Crime Coordinator, Officer in Charge Gang Unit and Officer in Charge FBI/ATF Gang Task Force. In October 2008, he was assigned to Metropolitan Division where he served as a Platoon Squad Leader.

In February 2012, he was loaned to assist in the transition of the General Services Police Department to the LAPD. He was promoted to Lieutenant on August 2012, where he remained assigned to the new Security Services Division and remained the lead on the transition team. During he served as a watch commander and assisted with ensuring the transition of 94 sworn police officers and 234 civilian employees.

In May 2013, he was selected by the Chief of Police as the Latino Community Liaison for the Department.

Captain Labrada received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University. In addition, he has successfully completed the West Point Leadership Program and the Supervisory Leadership Institute sponsored by the California Department of Justice, Police Officers Standards and Training. Captain Labrada has been committed to improving the leadership and mentoring of young Police Officers and Los Angeles Police Department Cadets. He has assisted in ensuring the consistent improvement of the Cadet training program and has assisted in the training and graduation of over 1,400 LAPD Cadets. He has also served as a Department Instructor for the Multi Assault Counter Terrorism Tactics (MACTAC) for the past 5 years. Captain Labrada has remained committed to working with the community and providing training efforts to the Spanish residents of Los Angeles.

In September 2015, he was selected as the Assistant Commanding Officer, to the newly formed Community Relationship Division. In May of 2016 he was selected as the Bureau Gang Coordinator for Operations Central Bureau. He was appointed to Captain on March 19, 2017 and assigned as the Patrol Commanding Officer to Hollenbeck Area serving a very diverse and culturally friendly community.