US President and First Lady to Serve as Honorary Chairs of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
July 30, 2013
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announces President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Chairs of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.
For Immediate Release
Los Angeles, CA, July 30, 2013 - Mayor Eric Garcetti today
extended his support for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in
Los Angeles and announced that President Barack Obama and First
Lady Michelle Obama have committed to serving as Honorary Chairs of
the World Games. Mayor Garcetti and Governor Brown are
serving as Honorary Hosts.
"When 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 countries march into
the Coliseum in two years, the spotlight will not only be on Los
Angeles - a city that stands for diversity and inclusion - but will
shine brightly on the mission of Special Olympics in highlighting
the talents of those with intellectual disabilities," Mayor
Garcetti said. "Along with my support and that of the City of
Los Angeles, I am proud and honored to acknowledge the commitment
of the President and First Lady to this great event. I am
also excited that this unique event will be a major contributor to
our city's economy, generating more than $400 million in economic
In a video statement, President Obama said: "Michelle and I are so
honored to serve as Co-chairs of this inspiring event.
Special Olympics has a tradition that started more than 50 years
ago…at Eunice Kennedy Shriver's house. Today, that simple day
camp has grown into one of the biggest sporting competitions in the
world for people with intellectual disabilities. The athletes
coming to these Games represent the grit and determination that's
at the very root of the American spirit."
The Mayor noted that the Games - to be held July 25 - August 2,
2015, and featuring 25 Olympic-style events in venues throughout
the Los Angeles region - will be the biggest event in Los Angeles
since the 1984 Olympic Games, and the largest
sports-and-humanitarian event anywhere in the world in
2015. Governor Brown also sent a statement of support for the Games,
saying, "It's fitting that athletes from around the world will be
going for the gold here in the Golden State and we're proud to host
the 2015 Special Olympics World Games."
"Having such prominent supporters as the President and First Lady,
Governor Brown and Mayor Garcetti is a testament to the powerful
mission and message of Special Olympics and how the World Games in
2015 will celebrate that mission," said Patrick McClenahan,
President and Chief Executive Officer of LA2015, the Games
President Barack Obama announces his and the First Lady's support for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. See video on the LA2015 Site
About the 2015 Special Olympics World Games
With 7,000 athletes representing 170 countries, along with
3,000 coaches, 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 that year, and
the biggest single event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic
Games. The 2015 World Games, with the unparalleled spirit,
enthusiasm, teamwork, hospitality and joy that are trademarks of
all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style events
in venues throughout the Los Angeles region, following the Opening
Ceremony in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the
1932 and 1984 Olympic Games. The Games Organizing Committee,
LA2015, is a recognized 501(c)(3), with funding coming almost
exclusively from private sources, including the generous support of
such Founding Champions and sponsors as AEG, The Coca-Cola Company,
Davis Elen Advertising, Deloitte, Kaiser Permanente, Mattel Inc.,
The Walt Disney Company, David Geffen and Steven Spielberg and his
wife Kate Capshaw. For more information on the 2015 Special
Olympics World Games, including sponsorship and volunteer
opportunities, visit www.losangeles2015.org.
About Special Olympics and the World Games
Every two years, thousands of Special Olympics athletes worldwide come together to showcase their athletic skills and celebrate the spirit of Special Olympics in alternating World Summer and World Winter Games. The first Special Olympics World Games took place in 1968 and since then have evolved into a world-class sporting event, attracting a wide range of sponsors, supporters and media. Special Olympics World Games bring public attention to the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities and are a capstone to more than 70,000 competitions that happen at all levels of Special Olympics each year. Special Olympics sports training and competitions, supported by a number of non-sports activities in the areas of health and education, help to change attitudes and break down barriers that exclude people with intellectual disabilities from the mainstream of the community.
Marc Grossman - Senior VP Communications
2015 Special Olympics World Games
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