Special Olympics World Summer Games - Los Angeles 2015

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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. 

Who:

  • 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 177 nations
  • 177 Countries
  • 30,000 Volunteers
  • 3,000 Coaches
  • 500,000 Spectators

When:

July 25, 2015 - August 2, 2015

Where:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Vision:

Special Olympics World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015 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 in 2015, 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 - Student Activity Center (UCLA)
  • Basketball - Galen Center and Lyon Center (USC)
  • Bocce - Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Bowling - Lucky Strike Lanes – LA Live
  • Cycling - Alamitos Beach (Long Beach)
  • Equestrian - Los Angeles Equestrian Center
  • Football (5/side) - Intramural Field (UCLA)
  • Football (7/side) - Sepulveda Sports Complex (Encino)
  • Football (11/side) - Drake Stadium and the North Athletic Field (UCLA)
  • Golf - Wilson & Harding Courses (Griffith Park)
  • Gymnastics - Collins Court (UCLA)
  • Half Marathon - Alamitos Beach (Long Beach)
  • Handball - Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Judo - Pardee Gymnasium (UCLA)
  • Kayaking - Marine Stadium (Long Beach)
  • Powerlifting - Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Rollerskating - Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Sailing - Alamitos Bay & Belmont Pier (Long Beach)
  • Softball - Easton Field (UCLA)
  • Table Tennis - Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Tennis - The Los Angeles Tennis Center (UCLA)
  • Volleyball - Pauley Pavilion (UCLA)
  • Demonstration Sports:
    • Beach Volleyball - Alamitos Beach Volleyball Courts (Long Beach)
    • Open-Water Swimming & Triathlon - Alamitos Beach (Long Beach)

Other Events:

  • Healthy Athletes
  • Unified Sports Experience
  • Young Athletes Program
  • Opening Ceremony - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Closing Ceremony - TBD

Special Olympics Villages: Athletes will be housed at both USC and UCLA.