Los Angeles to Host 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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Los Angeles to Host 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games


The world's largest sports and humanitarian event is coming to the world's capital for media and entertainment. The Special Olympics International Board of Directors announced today that Los Angeles, CA will be the host site for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. In less than four years, Los Angeles will welcome more than 7000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 21 Olympic-type sports. The Special Olympics World Summer Games will return to the United States after 16 years, having last been held in the United States in 1999 in Raleigh, NC. The most recent World Summer Games were the 2011 Games recently concluded in July in Athens, Greece. The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games are expected to bring more than a half-million people to the greater Los Angeles area and will be held in summer 2015 (specific dates still to be announced).

"On behalf of our entire Special Olympics movement worldwide, I am thrilled to award our 2015 World Games to Los Angeles," said Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. "Bringing our World Games to a city as powerful and prominent on the world stage as Los Angeles will allow our athletes to showcase their talents and demonstrate to the world the best in sports."

At a press event at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles a memorandum of agreement was signed by Shriver and Patrick McClenahan, Chairman of the Los Angeles Bid Committee, who now transitions to become the President &CEO of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Organizing Committee.

"In a city full of movie stars and all-stars, our Special Olympics athletes will be the stars of this show as they demonstrate their skills, courage and joy. Los Angeles will provide the world stage necessary to create the awareness that leads to

increased acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities throughout Southern California, the nation and the world," said McClenahan.

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