Special Olympics Coming to Eastvale

City of Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The City announced its first ever Special Olympics season is expected to begin September 10 and end on November 13.

Special Olympics Southern California “combines sports, education, and health to enrich the lives of 35,000 athletes each year,” stated the City. “The City of Eastvale is honored to work with this organization to bring FREE recreational opportunities for those who might not otherwise be able to participate in other programs.”

The program will include soccer, softball and tennis. The goal would be to enroll at least 8 participants in each sport so teams of 4 can compete against one another.

To register as an athlete, you must be 8+ years old and be identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that have required specially designed instruction. You can register at https://www.sosc.org/athleteapplication by the deadline of September 1, 2022.

Coaches and volunteers are also needed for this program. “No experience is necessary as all volunteers will undergo special training,” stated the City. “We’re just looking for someone with a big heart and an eagerness to learn!”

Requirements for a coach include:

– Must be 18+

– Must pass a background check

– Finish a training course through Special Olympics

– Commit to practices once a week (dates and time are pending)

If you are interested in playing or volunteering, visit https://www.sosc.org/.

For more information about the Special Olympics, email benglish@sosc.org. For questions pertaining to Eastvale’s program you can email CValenzuela@eastvaleca.gov