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.

TIm Shriver presents 2015 World Summer Games Proclamation

Making it Official. Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Tim Shriver presents the 2015 World Summer Games proclamation to Los Angeles on Sept. 14, 2011. Photo: Rene Macura

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 the 2011 Games that recently concluded in July in Athens, Greece. 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 in summer 2015 (specific dates still to be announced).


Quick Facts

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

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.


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