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Special Olympics

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(805) 884-1516
Development Director: Gina Carbajal


The mission of Special Olympics Southern California is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

I have been an athlete for 32 years with Special Olympics, my favorite sports are swimming and Bocce. I became a Global Messenger for Special Olympics for seven years; this has been the highlight of my time with Special Olympics. Being a Global Messenger has given me the opportunity to be a spokesperson for Special Olympics, of which I have developed great speaking and interpersonal skills. I am looking forward to 2022 for in-person events and to see all of my friends, coaches, and staff at Special Olympics.
Nanette Clark
Special Olympics athlete for the past 32 years

A Message for Donors

Special Olympics wants donors to know that the organization does more than just sports; it is a legacy left behind by the founder of Special Olympics Southern California, Rafer Johnson. Athletes receive quality year-round sports training and competition opportunities in an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, and athletes are able to see themselves for their abilities, rather than their disabilities. “Special Olympics provides a place where our athletes are able to shine and be proud of their accomplishments,” says Special Olympics Southern California Development Director Gina Carbajal.

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