Fact Sheet ~ Special Olympics Southern California

Changing Lives Through the Power of Sport

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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

12 Sports

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
Phone: 562.502.1100
Fax: 562.502.1119
Email: info@sosc.org

Web Info

Web Site: www.sosc.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/specialolympics.socal
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sosocal
YouTube: www.youtube.com/specialolympicssocal

Mission Partners

KTLA/Tribune Company
Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Vons Foundation

Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. Authorized and Accredited by
Special Olympics, Inc. for the Benefit of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.

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