Lauren Lee Wingate leads floor hockey team to gold medal

Lauren Lee Wingate received the award after her stellar play and leadership in the floor hockey competition at the Fall Games. The left-winger had two hat tricks over three games and sparked her team to a come-from-behind win for the gold medal. Wingate showed her leadership by helping an injured athlete off the court, keeping the team calm and coming through in tough defensive situations, said coach Jaime Rutiaga. … [Read more...]

Megan Meyers steps up her game on tennis court

This was a breakout year for tennis player Megan Meyers, said her coach Liz Frech. Meyers stayed focused and won gold and silver medals at the recent Special Olympics Fall Games in Fountain Valley. She took the gold in singles, winning two matches, including one in a tiebreaker. Her silver medal came in doubles. The tennis team from Santa Barbara won more medals at the Fall Games than in any previous season, Frech noted. Santa Barbara Special Olympians also did well in softball and … [Read more...]

Steven Murray excels on the softball field

Steven Murray, a member of the softball team, was honored as the Special Olympics Athlete of the Month. Murray has competed for Special Olympics of Santa Barbara for the last two years after arriving from Arizona. He spent part of his childhood in Goleta and played softball with his friends, said coach Kayla Edwards. Edwards said Murray “was absolutely incredible” in a tournament last month. “He’s a very dedicated athlete.” Murray is expected to compete at the Special Olympics Fall … [Read more...]

Ryan Childress ‘a Rock Star’ on Soccer Field

Ryan Childress made an immediate impact with the soccer team. Childress, who recently joined Special Olympics of Santa Barbara, was all over the field in his first tournament. “He was a rock star,” said Jerry Segal,  coach of the soccer team, “scoring, moving around, great playmaker, lots of good passing, things like that.” What's impressed Segal even more is Childress’ attitude in practice. “He’s just terrific. He’s terrific with all of his teammates, and we’re just thrilled to name … [Read more...]