Brandon would golf 365 days a year if his mother would let him. He has been perfecting his game through his involvement in Special Olympics over the past eight years, winning over 25 medals along the way. In addition to weekly practices with his teammates, Brandon’s brother takes him to the driving range to increase his skill level and prepare for competition. The time on the driving range has strengthened their relationship and brought them closer together. They have become more than brothers, they are now friends.
Throughout the Inland Empire, more than 2,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities just like Brandon find opportunities for improved health, fitness and social interaction through their involvement in Special Olympics. Founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can learn, enjoy and grow from participation in individual and team sports, Special Olympics provides the structure and encouragement critical to their success. Through the mastery of sport, our athletes achieve new levels of self-confidence in their physical, mental, and social abilities.
Special Olympics Inland Empire Region is one of eleven regions that comprise Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC), the umbrella agency for all programs located in the southern half of the State of California. The region has a team of professional staff and volunteers who are responsible for managing the sports training and competitions within its boundaries and for raising its own financial support, making opportunities such as the one being offered by Give Big Riverside so incredibly valuable. Our programs are more than nice recreational activities, we are a necessary support system for our athletes and their health. In other words, funding will allow Special Olympics athletes in our community to live well, be healthy, and flourish!