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June 25, 2015 | North America: Southern California

U.S. First Lady Joins LA2015 Opening Ceremony

By Steven Vanderpool

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games is proud to announce Michelle Obama's attendance at the Opening Ceremony on July 25, 2015, celebrating the commencement of the world's largest sports and humanitarian event this year.View Story The 2015 Special Olympics World Games (LA2015) is proud to announce Michelle Obama's attendance at the Opening Ceremony on July 25, 2015, celebrating the commencement of the world's largest sports and humanitarian event this year. The First Lady of the United States serves as an honorary co-chair of the World Games with President Barack Obama. "The First Lady's attendance complemented by the diversity of these talented performers will make the Opening Ceremony an extraordinary moment for Los Angeles and for the Special Olympics movement," said LA2015 President and CEO Patrick McClenahan. "We look forward to sharing the excitement of the Opening Ceremony with millions of people worldwide."

About Steven Vanderpool:I am Senior Vice President, Communications and Media Operations, for Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.
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June 18, 2015 | North America: Southern California

Star-studded LA2015 Opening Ceremony

By Christy White

Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger, J Balvin and Reach Up LA theme song creator Siedah Garrett will headline the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, GView Story Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger, J Balvin and Reach Up LA theme song creator Siedah Garrett will headline the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, Greg Louganis, Stephanie McMahon, and Lauren Potter (one of the most popular actresses with an intellectual disability) among others, the show is set to be one of the most inspirational events Los Angeles has ever hosted. Nearly 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 170 countries will be welcomed at the Opening Ceremony, held at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. More than 60,000 fans including Royalty, Heads of State and Government, and other distinguished personalities will cheer on the athletes inside the Coliseum, while a global audience can watch coverage provided by ESPN, the official broadcast partner of the World Games.

About Christy White:I am director of media and public relations for Special Olympics International.
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June 15, 2015 | Latin America: Paraguay

Road to LA: Meet Hassam

By Rafael Pacheco

Hassam Zogaib was born 29 years ago in Asunción, Paraguay, and is passionate about football (soccer). He has been diagnosed with autism and joined Special Olympics Paraguay at the age of 9. Soon he became passionate about Special Olympics and has been working hard to become a better player – as well as a trained official.View Story Hassam Zogaib was born 29 years ago in Asunción, Paraguay, and is passionate about football (soccer). He has been diagnosed with autism and joined Special Olympics Paraguay at the age of 9. Soon he became passionate about Special Olympics and has been working hard to become a better player – as well as a trained official.After practicing and competing for many years, Hassam has been selected to participate as a referee at the next 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.In preparation for this great honor, Hassam trains with two advisors who were designated by the APF (The Paraguay Football Association). Both professionals help Hassam with his physical and tactical preparation for the World Games.Today Hassam lives with his mother and two sisters in Asunción and works as an official at the Institute for Social Prevention.For Hassam being part of Special Olympics is like having a second family where he can feel at home. He has friends who share the same likes, who enjoy his company and together with whom he trains and most importantly, he has managed to overcome the barrier of prejudice against people with intellectual disabilities.Let's support Hassam and all the Special Olympics athletes who will be the stars from this 25 July at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

About Rafael Pacheco:I am the e-Communications Product Manager at Special Olympics headquarters in Washington, DC.
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June 09, 2015 | North America: Southern California

Special Olympics Social Impact Summit

By Special Olympics GenUin

Special Olympics announces the convening of the first Special Olympics Social Impact Summit focused on creating Generation Unified, where youth will work together to fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice.View Story Special Olympics announces the convening of the first Special Olympics Social Impact Summit focused on creating Generation Unified, where youth will work together to fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice. The GenUin Social Impact Summit is designed to generate critical change around the pressing issues facing people with intellectual disabilities. This six-day summit will be held from July 23-28 during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, Calif. and will feature 120 young social change leaders aged 16-25 years old, with and without intellectual disabilities, from 30 countries around the world, who will challenge each other to generate true acts of inclusion in their respective communities. For more information, please follow us @SOGenUin.

About Special Olympics GenUin:The GenUin Social Impact Summit is designed to generate critical change around the pressing issues facing people with intellectual disabilities.
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June 03, 2015 | Latin America: El Salvador

Young athletes of Special Olympics El Salvador

By Daniela Recinos

Special Olympics El Salvador celebrated a Young Athlete Program (YAP) which is a program of physical activity and development of skills, designed for children under 7 years, with whom they work to develop their psychomotor skills and initiation into the sport.View Story Special Olympics El Salvador celebrated a Young Athlete Program (YAP) which is a program of physical activity and development of skills, designed for children under 7 years, with whom they work to develop their psychomotor skills and initiation into the sport. The Training Program of Motor Activities (MATP) is designed for people with severe limitations by providing different motor activities that enable them to develop specific motor skills. MATP emphasizes training and participation rather than competition. By giving them the means to participate in appropriate activities tailored to their skill levels. The festival took place on April 15 in the facilities of the Stadium Magic Jorge Gonzales, where 30 boys and girls participated in YAP and 15 more in MATP.

About Daniela Recinos:Communications Volunteers
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Today, the Templeton Foundation gave its most prestigious award to my hero, Jean Vanier.  For Linda and our children and me, he has also been our retreat leader, our teacher of humility, our guide. 

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