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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. Mohamed Gaballa, a Special Olympics swimmer from Egypt, aspires to compete in Los Angeles next year.

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


November 13, 2014 | North America: Bonaire

Open Water For Special Olympics

By George DeSalvo

Thumbnail of story in newspaper. More photos available as well as wholestory.

Bonaire’s first participation was in the 1998 games in North Carolina. Since then our team has traveled the world every four years to Ireland, China and other places. Next year they go to Los Angeles, US.View Story Special Olympics is a global organization that serves more than 4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing. Bonaire’s first participation was in the 1998 games in North Carolina. Since then our team has traveled the world every four years to Ireland, China and other places. Next year they go to Los Angeles, US. Bonaire has strong, experienced athletes and dedicated volunteers who provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

About George DeSalvo:I am the Publisher of The Bonaire Reporter, our island's English language newspaper. We have a story you can use, go to www.bonairenews.com and get current story on pg 8. We have been supporter for almost 20 years.
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October 21, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Special Olympics El Salvador Uses Digital App to Select Athletes to Compete in the 2015 World Games

By Guisele Calderón

Twenty three athletes will represent El Salvador at the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles.View Story Twenty three athletes will represent El Salvador at the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles. Athletes from Special Olympics El Salvador will compete in track, rhythmic and artistic gymnastics, swimming, bocce, open water swimming and powerlifting. Special Olympics El Salvador athletes were given an equal chance of participating, with some help from an app developed by Influencia Digital, a digital partner of Special Olympics El Salvador, which randomly selected from a pool of male and female athletes with all levels of abilities. Alternate athletes were also selected using the app.

About Guisele Calderón:Marketing, Public Relations and Communication Coordinator
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October 10, 2014 | Africa: Senegal

A strengthened Special Olympics Senegal is ready for World Games

By Ms Rajah Diouri SY

Special Olympics Africa staff members helped Special Olympics Senegal with training for new board members who were recruited to help the program achieve their goals. Fourteen board members, including eight new members, received the orientation training.View Story Special Olympics Africa staff members Ms. Lauren Quin and Mr. Charles Takouet were on hand to assist Special Olympics Senegal with training for new board members who were recruited to help the program achieve their goals. Fourteen board members, including eight new members, received the orientation training. Also on hand to oversee the Special Olympics Senegal National Games were an athletics and table tennis team were chosen to represent Senegal at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The National Games saw great entertainment provided by traditional dancers and were attended by representatives from the Ministry of Sports, Senior Officials of the Army, the West African Countries Sports Organisation, and Speak up Africa.

About Ms Rajah Diouri SY :Special Olympics Senegal National Director
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October 02, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Poland

FIVB ready to continue cooperation with Special Olympics

By Krisfof Krukowski

FIVB President Dr. A.Graca presented with a Special Olympics appreciation award by Krzysztof Krukowski, Organisational Development Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.

The International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) supported Special Olympics in Europe Eurasia in organization of the Unified Volleyball Tournament in Warsaw last month.View Story The International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) supported Special Olympics in Europe Eurasia in organization of the Unified Volleyball Tournament in Warsaw last month. Four Teams representing Special Olympics in Germany, Serbia, USA and Poland had a chance to participate in a four-day tournament. The tournament was accompanied by a rich social program which included participation in the breaking of the Guinness Record for the greatest number of people playing volleyball at one time and attending the Opening Ceremony of FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship amongst other activities. During the finals of the Championships, President of FIVB Dr A.Graca and General Director of FIVB F.Azevedo confirmed the interest of FIVB to continue cooperation with Special Olympics. Both gentlemen received invitations to Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, 2015.

About Krisfof Krukowski:I am responsible for Orgnisational Development at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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September 05, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Avril Lavigne Supporting Special Olympics

By Christy White

Help Avril Lavigne support Special Olympics for her birthday.

Multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne, has teamed up with CrowdRise, an online fundraising platform, to support Special Olympics.View Story Multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne, has teamed up with CrowdRise, an online fundraising platform, to support Special Olympics. Proceeds from the "Team Rockstar" campaign, which launches today, will sponsor athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Read the press release below.

About Christy White:I am the Director of Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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