Rewards Plentiful at Special Olympics


The 2012 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games kicked off at Cal State Long Beach last Saturday with more than 1,100 athletes participating in aquatics, track and field, basketball, bocce ball, golf and gymnastics over two days.

During the Opening Ceremonies, the athletes set the tone for the weekend as they recited their oath:

Let me win,
But if I can’t win,
Let me be brave in the attempt

It was Oakley’s inaugural year as an official Expo Park sponsor for the event and dedicated employees showed up in force for what proved to be a very rewarding experience. John Seely from Talent Acquisition said, “It’s obvious that their disabilities don’t define them, their abilities do.”

From recording lap times as athletes swam the breaststroke, to measuring long jump distances and judging the parallel bars, Oakley employees were on the front lines cheering on the athletes.

“The best thing is seeing the athletes’ faces when it’s time to compete – just how excited they get when they are doing what they love to do,” U.S. Marketing’s Trevor Gamble said.

Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) is a non-profit organization that empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports and training competition. To learn more about SOSC visit


Jennifer Walker


June 13, 2012