April 5, 2014
At the "Draft Day" special movie screening at Big Newport Thursday night, the film's stars Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner did not show. But that was OK, there were plenty of other stars, and some who did not have a role in the movie. You could call them heroes, for sure. They would be Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden and his younger brother, Jacob Haden. Joe Haden, a Pro Bowler in 2013, attended the event to support the Special Olympics. Jacob, 20, grew up with as a special-needs child and does not have the ability to communicate verbally.
April 3, 2014
Paul Salata feels great pain in his hips and legs when he walks. The famous Newport Beach resident tires easily when he goes on an outing, but you wouldn't really know it because of his effervescent personality, unique charm and welcoming sense of humor. There's no knowing if he'll be able to stand the pain to make it to New York for next month's NFL Draft to do what he always does, announce the final pick. That's his baby, his creation, Mr. Irrelevant. It always brings a smile to his face, no matter what else is going on. Whether he makes it there or not, he can be more than content with the fact that Irrelevant Week is in good hands.
May 30, 2013
Coast Highway turned into a running trail for police, lifeguards and firefighters Thursday morning. Public safety personnel from Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, UC Irvine and the city of Irvine passed a torch throughout Orange County as a lead-up to the June 8 and 9 Special Olympics Southern California at Cal State Long Beach. About 20 employees from Laguna's Police, Fire and Marine Safety departments donned T-shirts and running shoes for a 5.5-mile jog that took them from the police station on Forest Avenue north along Coast Highway to Newport Coast Drive, where the torch was passed to Newport Beach police.
October 26, 2012
Newport Beach police officers served the community and hungry customers at their annual Tip-A-Cop event Wednesday evening to raise money for the Special Olympics in Orange County. This year's event raised about $8,700, while last year's event raised $6,000. Twenty-five officers served food at the Yard House in Fashion Island for the event. One of the K-9 officers, Jardo, joined the festivities dressed as a hot dog and accepted donations placed in his collar, said Kathy Lowe, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department.
May 31, 2012
The Special Olympics Torch Run made its way through Newport-Mesa en route to UC Irvine and other parts of Orange County on Thursday. Laguna Beach public safety members passed the torch to Newport Beach police, who in turned handed it off to Costa Mesa police. "As an organization we feel honored to be a part of the Special Olympics Torch Run," said Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe. "It was wonderful to see the community come out this morning to support our runners and Special Olympics.
May 30, 2012
Newport Beach police officers and firefighters will carry the Special Olympics torch through Corona del Mar on Thursday, an annual tradition that involves more than 85,000 law enforcement officers from across 35 nations. The torch run's goal is to raise awareness and funding for the Special Olympics, according to a Newport Beach Police Department news release. Officers collected donations in order to participate, and all the money they raised fund program support and development as well as expenses for athletes participating in local, regional, state and international competitions, workshops and conferences.
February 1, 2010
Costa Mesa elementary and high school students are lending a couple of dozen helping hands to athletes competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics. In the special education pod at Estancia High School, the desks have been pulled together. Laying across them is a banner displaying the five Olympic rings. Closer inspection shows that these large blue, yellow, black, green and red rings have been made by overlapping paint-covered hands, both small and large. About 50 students, ages 7 to 21, from Estancia and Paularino Elementary School collaborated on three spirit banners that are being shipped to Vancouver and will be displayed in the team check-in area in the Olympic Village for the Olympic and Paralympics games.
March 20, 2009
Forty years ago Olympic athlete Rafer Johnson Rafer Johnson joined forces with one of Orange County’s most civic-minded men, TV anchor Ed Arnold , to help launch Special Olympics Orange County. Last week in Newport Beach some 70 residents dedicated to supporting the purpose of Special Olympics got together for dinner at the Newport Beach Sports Museum in Fashion Island to herald the upcoming 40th anniversary of the sports program that affects so many lives of special needs children, teenagers and young adults.