Los Angeles 2015

The next Special Olympics World Summer Games are coming to Los Angeles, California. The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games will feature world-class competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports.

Quick Facts

  • The 2015 Games will be the 14th Special Olympics World Summer Games. 
  • The Games are scheduled for July 25 to August 2 2015 
  • LA 2015 will mark the first World Summer Games held in the U.S. in 16 years. 

California, Here We Come

Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 21 Olympic-type sports.  Visit the official LA2015 website.

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. The most recent World Summer Games were in Athens, Greece in 2011. The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games are expected to bring more than a half-million people to the greater Los Angeles area and will be held July 25 to August 2, 2015.

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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

Special Olympics World Games bring public attention to the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities, helping to change attitudes and break down barriers that excluded them from the mainstream of the 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.


Stories about the 2015 Games


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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May 06, 2014 | Asia Pacific: American Samoa

HawaiianAir Donates Tickets for Special Team

By Bone Taase

Afimutasi Gus Hannemann & First Lady Cynthia Moliga

Efforts by the Special Olympic Amerika Samoa Board to send a team to the Special Olympics Invitational Summer Test games at the University of Southern California Los Angeles have been rewarded: CEO Mark Dunkerley and Hawaiian Airlines have donated 8 airline tickets for the local team.View Story Efforts by the Special Olympic Amerika Samoa Board to send a team to the Special Olympics Invitational Summer Test games at the University of Southern California Los Angeles have been rewarded: CEO Mark Dunkerley and Hawaiian Airlines have donated 8 airline tickets for the local team. Special Olympics American Samoa patroness First Lady Cynthia Moliga hand carried an official letter to Afimutasi Gus Hannemann, who now heads the Governor's Office in Hawaii who made contact with Hawaiian Airlines. A press release from the SOAS board said First Lady Cynthia Moliga informed the board upon her recent return to the territory that Afimutasi had advised her of the good news; that CEO Mark Dunkerley and Hawaiian Airlines had generously donated eight (8) tickets to American Samoa’s Special Olympics for the June games. SOAS Chairperson Tafa Tupuola, on behalf of Special Olympics Amerika Samoa Board and Patroness Mrs. Moliga, expressed sincere appreciation and faafetai to Afimutasi.

About Bone Taase:IT for the Special Olympics American Samoa. Story posted online at Talanei.com Tuesday, 29 April 2014 8:50AM
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April 30, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

ESPN Will Broadcast the 2015 World Games in LA

By Christy White

ESPN will be the official broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, giving ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide the chance to learn more about Special Olympics' mission to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.View Story ESPN will be the official broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The partnership between ESPN and the 2015 World Games means that ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide will have the chance to learn more about Special Olympics' mission to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.ESPN has been a strong supporter of Special Olympics Unified Sports, which brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same playing field. For almost a year, ESPN has used its worldwide broadcasting and publishing power to promote Unified Sports. The agreement to broadcast the 2015 World Games is separate and additional.The agreement provides ESPN with rights to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, daily competition, Closing Ceremony and other cultural activities. ESPN will produce the Opening Ceremony live as well as a nightly highlights program and KABC-TV will also play a role in the coverage for the Los Angeles market. ESPN will feature both English- and Spanish-language coverage of some parts of LA2015. Specific programming and coverage details will be announced in the months ahead.

About Christy White:I am the Director, Global Media and Public Relations, for Special Olympics
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