About Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)

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Left to right: Debi Anderson, LA2015 Board Member and Special Olympics Global Messenger; Dustin Plunkett, LA2015 Board Member and Special Olympics International Global Messenger; Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA2015 Honorary Host and Mayor of Los Angeles; Rob Friedman, Chairman of the LA2015 Board of Directors and Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO of LA2015 - at the announcement of the Special Olympics World Games that will be held in Los Angeles in 2015.

About Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)

With 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25-August 2, 2015 – will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts.

Current Founding Champions and sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Davis Elen Advertising, Microsoft, Toys“R”Us, The Walt Disney Company, Google, UPS, Herbalife Nutrition, Los Angeles Times, AMC Theaters, La Opinión, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, WWE, Los Angeles News Group, AEG, Annenberg Foundation, David Geffen, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Panda Express, LA84 Foundation, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA  on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Learn more about the 2015 Special Olympics World Games by exploring the links below.

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About Special Olympics

Through the power of sport, Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.

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Get the Facts

Special Olympics will hold the world's largest sports and humanitarian event in the world capital for media and entertainment in 2015.

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World Games History

The World Games are flagship events for the Special Olympics Movement. They take place every two years and alternate between Summer and Winter Games.

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When you think of Los Angeles, you think of show business. However, there is also a rich history in this sun-drenched city.

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