Cal State L.A., City of Alhambra, and City of Monterey Park Open Doors as Host Town for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)

WHAT:    Announcement event for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) Host Town program

WHY:     Before the World Games begin on July 25, 2015, 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California for a three-day Host Town program where as many as 100 communities from San Diego to San Luis Obispo will host the delegations. This event celebrates the City of Alhambra and City of Monterey Park’s commitment as a Host Town and invites other cities to bid for the honor to host the delegations. During the World Games, Cal State L.A. will provide accommodations for the delegation of athletes and coaches.

WHEN:     Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:     Cal State L.A. Housing Complex (front of Dining Commons) 5300 Paseo Rancho Castilla (Park at Lot 7) Los Angeles, CA 90032

OPPORTUNITIES:     The event will include the following available spokespersons:

  • Mayor Gary Yamauchi, City of Alhambra
  • Mayor Hans Liang, City of Monterey Park
  • Elena Stern, Associate Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, Cal State L.A.
  • Marco Martinez, 2015 World Games Global Messenger • Joann Klonowski, Vice President, Host Town, LA2015

The event will provide the following visuals:

  • Special Olympics athletes raising a Special Olympics Host Town flag
  •  Host Cities presenting a Proclamation and Key to the City to LA2015 Games Officials

ABOUT:     About the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 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, OUE, Kaiser Permanente, Davis Elen Advertising, Microsoft, AEG, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, The Walt Disney Company, Panda Express, 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 and on social with #TheWorldisComing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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