Los Angeles 2015

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles will feature summer sports such as athletics and swimming among teams from all corners of the earth.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open on 25 July 2015 in  Los Angeles, California. The 2015  Games will feature competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.

Quick Facts

  • The 2015 Games will be the 14th Special Olympics World Summer Games. 
  • The Games are scheduled for 25 July to 2 August 2015 
  • LA 2015 will mark the first World Summer Games held in the U.S. in 16 years. 
  • The LA2015 website is at www.LA2015.org
  • Volunteers are needed. Here's how.

California, Here We Come

Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports.  It's a world stage for our athletes to demonstrate on the playing field their courage, determination and spirit of sportsmanship.

The most recent World Summer Games were in Athens, Greece in 2011. The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games could bring as many as a half-million people to the greater Los Angeles area from 25 July to 2 August 2015. The Special Olympics World Summer Games will return to the United States after 16 years, having last been held in the United States in 1999 in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

“These Games will change the lives of people around the world who are mistreated and excluded because they’re ‘different,’”  said Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee.


LA 2015 Sports

  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Bowling
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo
  • Kayaking
  • Open Water Swim
  • Powerlifting
  • Rollerskating
  • Sailing
  • Table Tennis
  • Team Handball
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Changing Attitudes

The Games also are a chance for spectators and volunteers to have their preconceptions about people with intellectual disabilities changed forever. Getting involved with the Games by cheering from the stands or handing out cups of water to thirsty athletes is a sure way to change your view of people of all kinds.

Special Olympics World Games -- and all of the 80,000 Special Olympics competitions that occur every year--invite the public to see the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities. It's a way to open eyes, to change attitudes and to break down barriers that excluded people with ID from the mainstream of community.

The Los Angeles Games will also provide a venue for global discussions and action on the impact Special Olympics can have on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. More than 200 million people worldwide have an intellectual disability, making it the largest disability group worldwide. Intellectual disability crosses racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic lines, and can occur in any family.

Volunteers and supporters are also essential to make the World Games a success. To apply to be one of the 30,000 volunteers for the World Games please visit: www.LA2015.org/volunteer. To help raise funds to cover costs associated with the visiting athletes, please visit support.la2015.org. For more information about the World Games, please visit www.LA2015.org/one-year-away and on social with #TheWorldisComing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 


Stories about the 2015 Games


July 25, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

One Year To Go For 2015 World Summer Games

By Christy White

When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination.View Story When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination. The Games in Los Angeles, California, "will change the lives of people around the world who are mistreated and excluded because they’re ‘different,’” said Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. The Games also are a chance for spectators and volunteers to have their preconceptions about people with intellectual disabilities changed forever. Getting involved with the Games by cheering from the stands or handing out cups of water to thirsty athletes is a sure way to change your view of people of all kinds. Special Olympics World Games -- and all of the 80,000 Special Olympics competitions that occur every year--invite the public to see the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities. It's a way to open eyes, to change attitudes and to break down barriers that have excluded people with ID from the mainstream of community. The 2015 Games will feature competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.'Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports.

About Christy White:I am the director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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July 23, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

Malawi prepares for Los Angeles Games

By Peter Kanjere

Special Olympic Malawi director Felix Chisowa. Malawi athletes training.

Special Olympics Malawi holds its 2014 national games in capital city Lilongwe from August 28 to 29 2014 in preparations for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, the United States.View Story Special Olympics Malawi holds its 2014 national games in capital city Lilongwe from August 28 to 29 2014 in preparations for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, the United States. The Lilongwe games will see 180 athletes from 14 districts taking part in athletics, table tennis and soccer sporting activities in a bid to make the grade for the Malawi national team for next year's games in the States. “It is with great pride that we stand ready to host our 2014 Special Olympics Malawi games. Please join us in supporting our athletes as they compete for the honour of representing our great nation at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles where our athletes will compete in athletics," Special Olympics Malawi director Felix Chisowa said. Apart from the usual Special Olympics activities, the national event will also feature a national unified sport where we combine people with and without intellectual disabilities to play. During the recent Special Olympics World Summer games that took place in Athens Greece from June 19, 2011 to July 4, 2011, Malawi was represented by five athletes who competed in athletics/track and field (long and high jump. 400, 200 and 100 meters racing) and won three gold medals, one bronze and three Silver medals. The Malawi team will be hoping to replicate the incredible success of 2011. The two sporting activities that the athletes will compete at the 2015 Would Summer Games include athletics, and table tennis. Ends.

About Peter Kanjere: I am a sports journalist, 35, based in Malawi, Africa. I am also president of Sports Writers Association of Malawi.
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July 01, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Czech Republic

Czech Republic 2014 Games Prepare Road to LA 2015

By Hana Pavlistova

Good luck to all the athletes competing!

Celebrities and sports stars came together to celebrate Special Olympics athletes in Brno, Czech Republic as the 2014 National Games open. The Games represent the largest Special Olympics event in the Czech Republic for 2014.View Story Celebrities and sports stars came together to celebrate Special Olympics athletes in Brno, Czech Republic as the 2014 National Games open. The Games represent the largest Special Olympics event in Czech Republic for 2014. The longest serving world-record holder in athletics, runner Jarmila Kratochvílová, lit the cauldron on Monday, June 30th. The Opening Ceremony also included performances by leading Czech singers František Nedvěd and Lucie Bílá, both of whom waived their fees. 431 athletes from 63 clubs across the country are competing in athletics, volleyball, rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis, cycling, swimming, bocce and adapted sports at the sport fields of the Brno Technical University from July 1st to 2nd. They are supported by 300 family members, coaches and volunteers. “These Games are part of the selection process for Team Czech Republic to go to the World Summer Games that will take place in Los Angeles in 2015,” says Martina Středová, national director of the Special Olympics CR.

About Hana Pavlistova:I am President of Special Olympics Czech Republic.
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May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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May 14, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: France

French Premier League Soccer Club joins Special Olympics France on road to LA 2015

By Anne-Charlotte Pichon

Athletes enjoy a warm-up run with OGC Nice players.

Team France has big ambitions to secure gold in soccer in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games and they are taking their “Road to Los Angeles” campaign very seriously!View Story Team France has big ambitions to secure gold in soccer in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games and they are taking their “Road to Los Angeles” campaign very seriously! They have pulled in the support of their partner, French premier league football club, OGC Nice to help train and select future champions. OGC Nice signed up as partners to Special Olympics in 2013 and the first “Road to Los Angeles” training camp took place on February 27th on OGC Grounds with stars from the club working alongside male and female Special Olympics athletes. The camp included training in alertness, ball control, individual technique and game drives. It took place under the supervision of Eric Noireaud, football coordinator for SO France as well as OGC Nice coaches. The OGC Nice players were impressed with the athleticism of the SO athletes as well as their enthusiasm, listening skills and physical fitness. This is just the start of what promises to be an exciting road to LA!

About Anne-Charlotte Pichon:I am responsible for Communications and Marketing at Special Olympics France.
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