The Special Olympics World Summer Games have not returned to the United States in over 16 years, however this is the year that all that changes. So come one come all to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games and be one of the half a million estimated to turn up to the greater Los Angeles area starting on July 25th. This year will feature over 7 thousand athletes with intellectual disabilities from 170 nations all-competing in 25 Olympic-type sports.
Over 100 communities across Southern California have signed up to serve as Host Towns that will celebrate a three-day ceremony for the athletes competing in the games. The ceremony includes entertainment, recreation, and a cultural exchange at their Host Town, in order to welcome and celebrate the athletes that have traveled from far away to compete in the games. A few Host Towns include Arcadia who will host Kyrgyz Republic, Trinidad, and Tobago, Glendale will be hosting Dominican Republic, Bonaire, Armenia, and yours truly, Pasadena, will be hosting Singapore and Namibia. The Chief Executive Officer, Patrick McClenahan, invites the public to witness the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in hopes that the games will make it so that the athletes are praised for their talents rather than pin holed because of their disabilities.
Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) will be a milestone event of a long-lasting movement, founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, to create a world that is not dominated by those who are excluded but by those who are included. The biennial World Games are the flagship event of the Special Olympics Movement, and this summer, the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event will come to the world capital for media and entertainment.
July 25, 3 p.m. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3911 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. La2015.org
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