Celebrating Special Olympic Participants and Champions

Los Angeles County Sheriff''s Department Participates and Celebrates with the 2018 Summer Games Special Olympics Southern California Champions

Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department joined hundreds of other participating law enforcement personnel from across the state on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 and celebrated champions at the 2018 Summer Games at California State University, Long Beach.

Sheriff McDonnell expressed the importance of participation in the humanitarian event, and added, “ These great athletes are members of the communities we serve and are deserving of our support. Good luck to All!”

The Special Olympics athlete's oath, which was first introduced by Eunice Kennedy Shriver at the inaugural Special Olympics international games in Chicago in 1968, is, "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

The Special Olympics Southern California provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continual 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.

The 2018 Summer Games attracts more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California who will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons. More than 10,000 individuals will attend the Games which features our four summer sports - athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, and swimming. In addition, new this year, there will be a demonstration of our newest summer sport, flag football!

If you would like to donate, volunteer, or participate with the Special Olympics of Southern California visit the site at