World Games Facts & Figures

Special Olympics, the global leader for people with intellectual disabilities, will hold the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event in the world capital for media and entertainment in 2015, uniting the world through sports in a celebration of the abilities and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities and forming a new global vision of acceptance.

Download the official LA2015 Fact Sheet to learn more detailed information about the World Games.


  • 6,500 Special Olympics athletes
  • 165 Countries
  • 30,000 Volunteers
  • 2,000 Coaches
  • 500,000 Spectators


July 25 - August 2, 2015


Los Angeles, California, USA


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.


  • Aquatics - Uytengsu Aquatics Center (USC)
  • Athletics - Loker Stadium/Cromwell Field (USC)
  • Badminton - Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Basketball - Galen Center (USC)
  • Beach Volleyball - Alamitos Beach Volleyball Courts (Long Beach)
  • Bocce - Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Bowling - Lucky Strike Lanes (LA Live at the Los Angeles Convention Center)
  • Cycling - Alamitos Beach (Long Beach)
  • Equestrian - Los Angeles Equestrian Center (Griffith Park)
  • Football (5-A-Side) - Intramural Field (UCLA)
  • Football (7-A-Side) - Balboa Sports Center (UCLA - Encino)
  • Football (11-A-Side) - Drake Stadium and North Athletic Field (UCLA)
  • Golf - Wilson & Harding Golf Courses (Griffith Park)
  • Gymnastics (Artistic & Rhythmic) - John Wooden Center (UCLA)
  • Half Marathon - Alamitos Beach (Long Beach)
  • Handball - Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Judo - Student Activities Center (UCLA)
  • Kayaking - Marine Stadium (Long Beach)
  • Open Water Swimming - Alamitos Beach (Long Beach)
  • Powerlifting - Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Roller Skating - Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Sailing - Belmont Pier (Long Beach)
  • Softball - Easton Stadium (UCLA)
  • Table Tennis - Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Tennis - The Los Angeles Tennis Center (UCLA)
  • Triathlon - Alamitos Beach (Long Beach)
  • Volleyball - Pauley Pavilion (UCLA)

Other Events & Programs:

·       Awards Ceremonies

·       Families Program

·       Festivals, Art Initiatives & Athlete Entertainment

·       Healthy Athletes Program

·       Honored Guest Program

·       Host Town Program

·       Unified Relay Across America & Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Final Leg

·       Motor Activity Training Program

·       Unified Sports Experience

·       Young Athletes Program

World Games Athlete Villages: 

Athletes will be housed at USC and UCLA.

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