Pasadena to Host Athletes for Special Olympics World Games LA2015

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-Photos by Terry Miller

City officials joined members of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) and Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) formally announced the City of Pasadena’s participation in Host Town Program for the Special Olympics World Games LA2015.
The City of Pasadena is participating in the Special Olympics World Games (2015) Organizing Committee’s three-day Host Town Program. Pasadena will welcome and celebrate athletes from around the world and will help raise awareness about the challenges people with intellectual disabilities face.

During their stay next year, the City will introduce the athletes to community members and officials, familiarize the athletes with Pasadena’s cultural activities and allow the athletes to practice and rest at City facilities ahead of the July 25, 2015 Opening Ceremony.

An estimated 500,000 spectators are expected to cheer on the 7,000 athletes representing 177 countries during the World Games in Los Angeles, July 25 through Aug. 2, 2015. The event features 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region.

For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit

” Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO, Special Olympics World Games LA2015
” Dustin Plunkett, Global Messenger, Special Olympics World Games LA2015
” Rafer Johnson, Founder, SOSC and 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist (Decathlon)
” Bill Shumard, President and CEO, SOCS
” Kathleen Turknette, Chair, Host Town Pasadena Committee
” Kathy Robinson Young, daughter of Mack Robinson, Special Olympics volunteer and mother of SOSC VIP Ambassador


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