Before the Special Olympics World Games begin on July 25, more than 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries were welcomed to communities throughout Southern California. In collaboration between Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College and the city of Claremont, Special Olympics Delegations from Bolivia, Latvia, Republic of Georgia, and Curacao were welcomed to the Claremont community.
The Special Olympics Delegations stay in Claremont will help athletes become acclimated to Southern California, as well as offering a place to prepare and rest before the Special Olympics begin. Activities have been planned for athletes, coaches and the Claremont community, including:
Special Olympics Community Concert
Thursday, July 23
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Memorial Park in the city of Claremont
Friday, July 24
9:00 -10 a.m.
Bixby Plaza at Pomona College
The 2015 Special Olympics World Games is the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. In addition to the thousands of athletes and coaches participating in the Special Olympics, the event is expected to draw 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators. Millions of fans around the world will also be able to watch coverage of the Special Olympics on ESPN and ABC.
For more information on the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, please visit http://www.la2015.org/.