Campaign for Inclusion and Access

Special Olympics Southern California seeks to be active in every community, every day.

Special Olympics Southern California is pursuing partnerships with community leaders, philanthropists, and organizations to transform the Southern California landscape. Together we will increase inclusion and access for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families through targeted recruitment, specialized training, and strategic collaboration. The Campaign for Inclusion and Access, the first of its kind, is a focused strategy to invite all SOSC stakeholders to participate in this transformation.

Did You Know?

Southern California has more than 500,000 residents living with an intellectual disability (ID).

Individuals with an intellectual disability are:

  • 2X as likely to be obese than individuals without disabilities

  • 2X as likely to have cardiovascular disease and asthma

  • 2X-4X as likely to be less physically active

  • 5X as likely to have diabetes

  • Have a reduced life expectancy by 16 years

Special Olympics Southern California has a 53-year history of addressing these issues by providing quality programming that increases physical activity, social connection, health education, and public awareness.

We know that there is:

  • High demand for programming

  • High need for trained coaches

  • Low representation of people with ID in the organization and community

  • Limited access to health services

  • Lack of endowment during economic crises


Support from the campaign will help us pursue five main objectives:

Objective One

Increase the number of athletes we serve by targeting communities where SOSC can leverage relationships with schools and collaborate with community partners to deliver Special Olympics programming.

Objective Two

Increase the pipeline of volunteer coaches by launching an Annual Coaches Symposium and providing year-round training and education opportunities.

Objective Three

Have more athletes serve as leaders in the community by increasing participation in Athlete Leadership through specialized recruitment and training of athletes and mentors.

Objective Four

Provide every athlete with access to life-changing and lifesaving screenings by making Healthy Athletes screenings and health education available for all 11 counties.

Objective Five

Create an endowment to provide sustainable funding for future generations and honor the legacy of our founder Rafer Johnson.


Our aspiration is to achieve the following outcomes through the SOSC Campaign for Inclusion and Access:

  • 60 additional communities* served

  • 300 additional trained volunteer coaches

  • 100 additional trained Athlete Leaders

  • 1,000 additional athletes receiving health screenings

  • $3.5 million endowment to provide sustainable funding

Our Activities

  1. COMMUNITY SPORTS - Promotes activity and reduces isolation among individuals with intellectual disabilities ages 8-years-old and older through sports training and competition.

  2. UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOLS - Reduces bullying and creates a more inclusive campus through Unified Sports and whole school engagement.

  3. YOUNG ATHLETES - Helps children ages 2-7-years old with and without intellectual disabilities develop gross and fine motor skills through unified play.

  4. HEALTHY ATHLETES - Provides free health screenings to overcome the lack of quality healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities.

  5. ATHLETE LEADERSHIP - Delivers training and opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to serve in leadership roles within the organization and in the community.

* Although we are focusing on establishing partners in the following sixty communities, we will gratefully work with other communities when people raise their hands. Our vision is to be active in every community, every day.

  1. Bakersfield

  2. Delano

  3. Tehachapi

  1. Lone Pine

  2. Round Valley

  1. Bellflower

  2. Compton

  3. Downey

  4. Glendale

  5. Inglewood

  1. Lancaster

  2. Los Angeles

  3. Pomona

  4. Santa Clarita

  5. South Gate

  1. Anaheim

  2. Buena Parke

  3. Costa Mesa

  4. Fullerton

  5. Garden Grove

  1. Irvine

  2. Orange

  3. Santa Ana

  4. Tustin

  5. Westminster

  1. Corona

  2. Hemet

  3. Moreno Valley

  1. Murrieta

  2. Riverside

  3. Temecula

  1. Apple Valley

  2. Adelanto

  3. Hesperia

  1. Ontario

  2. San Bernardino

  3. Yucca Valley

  1. Chula Vista

  2. El Cajon

  3. Escondido

  4. La Mesa

  5. National City

  6. Oceanside

  1. Poway

  2. San Diego

  3. San Marcos

  4. Vista

  5. Brawley

  6. Calexico

  1. Atascadero

  2. Paso Robles

  3. San Luis Obispo

  1. Lompoc

  2. Santa Barbara

  3. Santa Naria

  1. Camarillo

  2. Fillmore

  3. Moorpark

  1. Oxnard

  2. Simi Valley

  3. Ventura