From Athens To Los Angeles, Special Olympics Brings Change

From Athens To Los Angeles, Special Olympics Brings Change

Special Olympics announced its next World Summer Games location this week.

The next Special Olympics World Summer Games will held in Los Angeles, California in 2015. Coming off of the successful introduction of open water swimming at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, the organizers are already looking for an exceptional open water swimming venue in the Southern California area.

In one of the world’s largest athletic competitions, Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 21 sports including 1.5K open water race.

The Special Olympics World Summer Games brings public attention to the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities, helping to change attitudes and break down barriers that excluded them from the mainstream of the community. With an estimated fewer than 3% of American unable to swim more than 500 meters non-stop, showcasing the ability for Special Olympics athletes to swim 1.5K helps bring down perceptions and barriers.

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. With more than 200 million people worldwide with an intellectual disability, the largest disability group worldwide, the Los Angeles Games will make great strides both on land, in society and in the water.

An introduction to the Los Angeles Games is here.

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Steven Munatones