The 2015 Special Olympics World games is coming up! The Special Olympics World games takes 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 an estimated half a million 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 Lorna Tibbits for bowling, and Hunter Hall 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.
Hometown: Swanton, VT
2015 World Games sport: Singles Bowling
How has Special Olympics changed your life: “Special Olympics has taught me how to get along with other and make new friendships. I have build self-confidence and have fun year round by being involved in multiple sports.”
Hobbies: Word games and puzzles, cards, and dominoes
Other sports: Basketball and softball
Hometown: White River Jct., VT
2015 World Games sport: Golf – level 5 stroke 18 hole
How has Special Olympics changed your life: “Special Olympics has allowed me to become more independent. I’ve met a lot of new friends and traveled to new places.”
Hobbies: Playing video games, bowling and collecting golf balls
Other sports: Snowshoeing and bowling
Hometown: Fairfax, VT
2015 San Francisco Marathon event: Half marathon (13.1 miles)
How has Special Olympics changed your life: “Special Olympics has helped me achieve beyond what I thought I could do with my races. The staff treat me as if I am an adult. I feel respected and that feels wonderful. The Global Messenger program gave me skills and confidence to give speeches in front of a large crowd.”
Hobbies: Music mixing, making and playing music,telling jokes, running, building with Lego, collecting antique radios
Other sports: XC skiing, bowling, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, half marathons