Fact Sheet ~ Special Olympics Southern California
Special Olympics Southern California has been changing lives through the power of sport for more than 40 years. Founded in 1969 by Olympic decathlon gold medalist Rafer Johnson, Special Olympics Southern California offers year-round sports training programs and competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization. The Southern California Chapter covers a geographic region encompassing 11 counties and extends from San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield to San Diego.
Special Olympics Programs are offered at no cost to the athletes and their families.
Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image.
Number of Participants
Nearly 15,000 Athletes
15,000 Coaches and Volunteers
More than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries worldwide
Spring/Summer Sports: Aquatics, Athletics (Track & Field), Basketball, Bocce, Golf and Gymnastics.
Fall/Winter Sports: Bowling, Floor Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball
Special Olympics Southern California Chapter Office
1600 Forbes Way, Suite 200
Long Beach, CA 90810
Web Site: www.sosc.org
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