The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games showcased the awe-inspiring abilities of thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, promoted the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport, and celebrated the transformative power of Special Olympics.

From July 1-6, 2018 Seattle welcomed 3,500 athletes from across the country as they competed in 16 sports. A total of 10,000 family members and 50,000 fans joined the athletes to cheer them on.

Special Olympic Southern California sent 66 local athletes to the Games! They competed in athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, softball, swimming, tennis, and the unified high school competition.

Congratulations to our Delegation

UNIFIED HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION

Lompoc High School, Unified Basketball - Santa Barbara County
Ricardo Alvarado, SOSC Athlete
Satanna Chapman, SOSC Athlete
Ramona Parrish, SOSC Athlete
Tyler Rainwater, SOSC Athlete
Ashley Schroff, SOSC Athlete
Ruby Gonzales, Unified Partner
Walker Grossi, Unified Partner
Hannah Larsh, Unified Partner
Danielle Morgan, Unified Partner
Jeffrey Ray, Unified Partner

Southwest High School, Unified Soccer - San Diego County
Christopher Barnes, SOSC Athlete
Pablo Flores Jimenez, SOSC Athlete
Sophia Martinez, SOSC Athlete
Eriberto Prado, SOSC Athlete
Antonio Sainz, SOSC Athlete
Everardo Velador Jr., SOSC Athlete
Jovann Plascencia, Unified Partner
Jeskari Rodriguez, Unified Partner
Pilar Roncoroni, Unified Partner
Samuel Zamora Jr., Unified Partner

2018 USA Games Delegation at Training Camp

Congratulations Captain Labrada

Captain Alfred Labrada of the Los Angeles Police department was 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 and 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.


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