Every athlete deserves a great cheering section! This weekend marks the Summer Games Invitational event for the Special Olympics June 6-8 at the USC Campus. The event is free and open to the public and more than 3,000 volunteers and 10,000 local dignitaries, sponsors and spectators are expected to attend. There are plenty of great competitions to attend. Over 1,200 athletes will compete in aquatics, track and field, golf, basketball, gymnastics, and more.
The fun begins with Opening Ceremony: Friday – 10am at Loker Stadium. You can support the cause at the Breakfast with the Champions Fundraiser Saturday morning. Competitions take place all weekend. It all winds up with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday. The Special Olympics Festival features games, live entertainment, community and law enforcement exhibits, and more.
Special Olympics Southern California offers year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 17,000 athletes in 11 Southern California counties train and compete in 12 Olympic-type summer and fall sports. This year’s event is a prelude to next year’s 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games which will also take place in L.A. and will feature 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators. The e 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.