The Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) today
announced the selection of "15 for 2015" World Games Global Messengers
who will help raise awareness about the Special Olympics movement.
The "15 for 2015" Global Messengers, and the eight alternates, were
selected from 11 different counties throughout Southern California. The
athletes, who participate in a combined 12 sports ranging from bocce to
volleyball, will represent the organizing committee at events from now
through the World Games, which begin on July 25, 2015.
"Great care was taken to assemble a group of athletes and leaders who
are diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, languages spoken and experience,"
said Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of
LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. "Our '15 for 2015' Global
Messengers not only represent their fellow athletes and the Special
Olympics but also the proud diversity of the Southern California
community. We look forward to the Global Messengers spreading their
personal Special Olympics stories and how the program has impacted their
lives and others."
"15 for 2015" Global Messengers
"I want to let the world know what a phenomenal worldwide organization
Special Olympics is, and how it affects and enhances our lives in all
capacities - physical, social, mental and emotional," said Michelle
Core, a Global Messenger from Los Angeles. "I feel it is important to
express myself to others in the hopes of reaching out and changing lives
through Special Olympics."
To learn more about the upcoming Special Olympics World Games, including
the "15 for 2015" Global Messenger program, visit the official website
If you are interested in having a World Games Global Messenger speak at
your event or function, please contact Stephanie Medina at stephanie.medina@LA2015.org
or Dustin Plunkett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along
with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015
Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 -
August 2, 2015 - will be 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. The 2015 Special Olympics World
Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and
displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics
events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the
Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in
the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984
Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. Honorary Chairs
of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama,
with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown
serving as Honorary Hosts. Current Founding Champions and sponsors
include AEG, Kaiser Permanente, Mattel, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg
and his wife Kate Capshaw, the Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney
Company, Deloitte and Davis Elen Advertising. LA2015, the Games
Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including
volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org.
About Special Olympics International
Special Olympics is an international organization that unleashes the
human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports everyday
around the world. Through work in sports, health, education and
community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity,
injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and
empowering people with intellectual disabilities, which leads to a more
welcoming and inclusive society. We promote acceptance for all, and
foster communities of understanding and respect. Founded in 1968 by
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a
few hundred athletes to more than four million athletes in 170
countries. Special Olympics events take place every day in community
playgrounds and ball fields. With the support of more than one million
coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver 32
Olympic-type sports and more than 70,000 competitions throughout the
year. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org.
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