Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015

Special Olympic World Summer Games 2015 will be held for the first time in USA after 16 years and the place where the committee is going to host the event would be in Los Angeles for the second time after 1972. Also called LA2015, is going to take place on July 25th to 2nd August, 2015. Los Angeles won the bids to honor the LA2015 by defeating South Africa who were in a race for hosting the event and was officially announced on September 15th, 2011. It is expected to attract more than 30,000 volunteers. The Special Olympics World Summer Games are held to encourage, celebrate the talent, achievements and determination.

The event will introduce 7000 athletes who are representing their own nation or country from more than 177 countries, along with 30,000 Volunteers, 3,000 coaches and 500k anticipated spectators.

14th Special Olympics World Summer Games
Host city Los Angeles, United States
Nations participating 177
Athletes participating 7,000
Events 26 Olympic-style events
Opening ceremony July 25, 2015
Closing ceremony August 2, 2015
Main venue Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Website www.la2015.org

Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

The opening ceremony would be held in Historical Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and will feature 26 Olympic-Style events in venues throughout Los Angeles.

Sponsors and Broadcasting Unit

ESPN and ABC will be the broadcasting unit for the event LA2015. Bank of America will be the lead sponsor followed with support of Coca Cola, Deloitte, Mattel, Toyota, Kaiser Permanente and OUE Sky Space Los Angeles.

The Events that are organized by Special Olympics World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015:

Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Football (Soccer), Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Kayaking, Open Water Swim, Power lifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Table Tennis, Team Handball, Tennis, Triathlon, Softball and Volleyball.

Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015
Special Olympics World Summer Games Venues 2015 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games logo
Special Olympics World Summer Games Schedule 2015
Special Olympics World Summer Games Sports 2015
Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015 Opening Ceremony
Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015 Closing Ceremony
Special Olympics World Summer Games Medal Table 2015

2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Participating nations

Delegations to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • China
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • DR Congo
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • South Korea
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Special Olympics History

It all started from a backyard summer camp!

The Special Olympics history explains that, back in 1962, Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for intellectually challenged people at her home.

Since then, the seed of the Special Olympics has created a deeper impression, much deeper than the eyes can delve into, in the lives and attitudes of a lot of people. The legacy has continued for more than 40 years. The great lady, the founder of the Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, left her mortal body two years back; but with every passing year, the Special Olympics history is enriching itself with new additions in the Games and the sports disciplines.

Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa, in a letter paying tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver after her death on August 11, 2009 truly said, “Her voice will echo each time the oath is recited, her fire will burn each time the flame is lit and her legacy will live and grow through every athlete in every competition, daily, around the world.”

Special Olympics History: A Few Unknown Facts

The Special Olympics history says that the idea of the Special Olympics was conceived when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started the summer camp for the intellectually challenged children in her own backyard in 1962. She believed that these challenged children were in a way far more capable than commonly believed by the normal people. She also wanted that those children should get the same opportunities and experiences as others. In the June of 1962, 35 boys and girls with intellectual disabilities joined the Camp Shriver at Timberlawn, her home in Rockville, Maryland. They explored their various capabilities through lots of physical activities and a number of sports. The Camp Shriver started to be held every year as an annual event, and more and more children joined every year. Through the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, Eunice Kennedy Shriver also extended financial aids to recreation departments and community centers to encourage them to hold similar camps.

The idea for a one-time Olympic-style athletic competition for the special people was first put forward by Anne McGlone Burke, a physical education teacher with the Chicago Park District to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who was the head of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was ready to fund the event and granted her $25,000 through the foundation.
The venue of the first International Special Olympics Games was the Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA. It was held on 20 July 1968. More than 1,000 athletes from United States and Canada participated in the first Special Olympics. In the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, Shriver officially announced the formation of Special Olympics.

Rosemary Kennedy, who was Shriver’s sister, suffered a severe permanent intellectual disability after a lobotomy. It is said that the concept of Special Olympics introduced by Shriver has got its inspiration from her disability.

The Journey of the Special Olympics through the Years

  • In 1971, the official permission was granted to the Special Olympics to use the name “Olympics”.
  • More than 500 ‘special’ athletes competed in skiing and skating events in the first International Special Olympics Winter Games in February 1977 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA.
  • 1988 was the year when the Special Olympics was officially recognized and endorsed by the International Olympic Committee.
  • An official initiative by the name of ‘Healthy Athletes’ was taken up which encouraged health-care services to Special Olympics athletes worldwide and included free vision, hearing and dental screening, injury prevention clinics and nutrition education under the program.
  • The Special Olympics World Summer Games 2003 was held in Dublin, Ireland. 7000 athletes from 150 countries had a heart-touching competition over 18 sports disciplines. This was also the first time that the opening and closing ceremonies were broadcast live.
  • The "Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act," Public Law 108-406 was signed on October 30, 2004, by President George W. Bush which authorized the funding for the Healthy Athletes, Education, and Worldwide Expansion programs of the athletes.
  • The Special Olympics and Best Buddies International launched a campaign, ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ in 2008. This campaign encouraged people to put an end to the word ‘retard’ to describe these special people.
  • 2010 was the year to celebrate the grand event of the first Latin America Regional Special Olympics on U.S. soil. The venue was San Juan's Hiram Bithorn Stadium.