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A Message from the Games Directors

On behalf of the entire Special Olympics Northern California Staff and Games Management Team, welcome to the 2018 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games!

We are excited to return to the University of California, Davis for the 10th consecutive year!

The Games Management Team has been very busy preparing for your arrival to ensure that your experience is a memorable and enjoyable one.

The Info Guide is for everyone in attendance at Summer Games and offers important information about all of the activities surrounding the Games.  It is meant as a supplement to the information shared at the HOD, coach and volunteer meetings.

Please use the navigation bars at the top of the page to find all of the information you need.

We look forward to providing, hearing about and sharing some great experiences and moments this weekend.

Athletes, we wish you the best of luck in your events that you have trained so hard in all season long.  We hope you also have a chance to enjoy the Olympic Villages, the free Healthy Athletes screenings, and the Dance, Movie and other fun activities.  Enjoy all of it and do your best.  Be Brave in the Attempt!

Coaches, thank you for all of your hard work throughout the year and for making Special Olympics such a great experience for the athletes and their families.  Your contributions to the program help to prepare the athletes not only for this event, but for life.

Families and supporters, thank you for allowing the athletes the opportunity to train and compete and for being there for them this weekend and throughout the year.

In the Spirit of Special Olympics,

Jeff Ruthenberg
Vice President of Sports Programs
Games Director

Julie Rodriguez
Regional Sports Director
Assistant Games Director

A Message from CEO David Solo

President Abraham Lincoln once said that that the best way to predict your future is to create it.

Fifty years ago, Eunice Kennedy Shriver believed in a future of possibilities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She was inspired by her sister, Rosemary, who had an intellectual disability, and saw the impact that playing sports could have on her life. Eunice started a day camp in her backyard, which quickly blossomed into the first Special Olympics Games in Chicago in 1968... and the movement has continued to grow ever since. Today, Special Olympics has nearly five million athletes in 172 countries across the world.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics this year, it allows us a chance to reflect on how far we’ve come – and how much more is still ahead. Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) has taken great strides in the last few years in each of our three pillars of service: community sports, inclusive schools programs and athlete health. As someone who has been in and around athletics my entire life, I am a firm believer in the transformative power of sports and am proud of the impact that we continue to have in building a more inclusive Northern California community.

Carrying out the mission of SONC and providing year-round sports programs, along with schools and health initiatives, would not be possible without the support of our corporate partners, donors and volunteers. Your impact allows us to host nearly 300 competitions a year, provide critical health resources and fund this year’s delegation to the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. We’re excited to cheer on our Team NorCal athletes! We are also continuing to expand our footprint on campuses and currently impact more than 100,000 students across the region, using sports to bring together peers in special and general education. Through these programs and others, we are working to transform our communities and inspire people to open their hearts and minds, and to accept and include people with intellectual disabilities.

So what awaits us in the next 50 years? It’s impossible to know for sure, but I’m confident that our tomorrow will be an even better place for people with intellectual disabilities than today. In my three years since joining SONC, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of our athletes, families, volunteers and supporters – and I look forward to meeting many more at Summer Games and throughout the year.

Together, we are honoring Eunice’s vision and changing the world through sports.

David L. Solo
President & CEO Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada