The 2015 Special Olympics World games are coming up! The Special Olympics World games take place every two years, and alternate between winter and summer games. This year we’ll be having the Summer World Games, and they’ll be taking place in Los Angeles, California. This represents a welcome return to American soil; the last time they were hosted in America was the 1999 games in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Special Olympics World Games is all about bringing people closer together. The World Games are the biggest events the Special Olympics run. Over 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will come from around the world to compete in 23 different sports. There will also be 30,000 volunteers, 3,000 coaches, and half a million estimated spectators!
This year’s Summer World Games will take place from July 25th through August 2nd. The opening ceremonies will take place on July 25th in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Colosseum, which hosted the Olympic games in 1932 and 1984.
Here at Special Olympics Vermont, we’re very excited about the World Games. This year, we’ll be sending two of our own athletes to represent Team USA. We will be sending someone for bowling, and someone for golfing. Our athletes are selected from gold medal winners from 2013-2014. We wish them the best of luck, and we know they’ll make us proud!
For more information, please visit www.LA2015.org.