Number of sports decreases to make better use of resources.
Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) is reorganizing
its sports seasons to be able to serve more individuals with intellectual
disabilities. Beginning immediately, the number of sports offered will
shift from 20 to 12, allowing for more athletes to be served with a more
efficient use of resources. Programs will continue to be free of charge to
athletes and their families.
"The weakened economy has required us to be realistic and thoughtful about
the way we use our resources," said Bill Shumard, CEO and President, SOSC.
"By offering fewer sports, our volunteers and staff can more effectively
develop and manage our remaining 12 sports programs. This, in turn, will allow
us to provide a more meaningful experience to our current and prospective athletes."
SOSC will continue to offer aquatics, athletics (track & field),
basketball, bocce, bowling, floor hockey, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball,
tennis and volleyball. These provide a good mix of team and individual sports
and have the greatest potential for accommodating larger numbers of athletes.
Special Olympics plans to expand opportunities by recruiting
and training more coaches and developing new partnerships with community
organizations and facilities. The realignment will distribute the 12
sports into new seasons, which will be announced later this year.
The discontinued sports for Santa Clarita Valley are Alpine skiing, cycling,
and snowboarding. All of these sports, except cycling, are discontinued
immediately. Cycling will continue through the end of the current season.