With 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 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.
Sweden will have representatives in 8 of the 25 different sporting events. Partnering up with Team Sweden during the Special Olympics in Los Angeles, SACC-LA will be hosting a Kick-off Party and showing other various support for the event.
The Swedish team will travel to Los Angeles on July 21 to attend the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015. Photo: Martin Nauclér
SACC-LA will welcome Team Sweden in Santa Monica on July 26th. Sweden’s Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport, Gabriel Wikström, will attend the event to show his support for Special Olympics’ work to ensure that all people have the opportunity to live an active and socially enriched life through sport.
Gabriel Wikström, Sweden’s Minister of Health Care, Public Health and Sport. Photo credit: Kristian Pohl/Government Offices of Sweden
“Of course I will be in Los Angeles to support Sweden during the largest sport event of the year. Sport plays a valuable and inclusive role, where the focus is on people’s abilities and opportunities. As a group, people with intellectual disabilities are unfortunately often affected by isolation, passivity and mental health problems, and subject to prejudices. That is why it is so important to promote an event that specifically addresses these issues. I believe in the unifying power of sports and I also share Special Olympics’ conviction that sport leads to better health and joy for all people,” says Gabriel Wikström, Swedish Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport.
One of Sweden’s largest TV-networks, TV4 will be following Team Sweden before, during and after the competitions in Los Angeles with a crew, completing a reality show which will be shown this fall. The name of the six episode-long series will be “Heja Sverige” (translation: “Go Sweden”) and has already started shooting and will follow the team in all the pre-stages, all the way to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games and back home to Sweden.
Learn more about the athletes, delegations, sports, and venues that will make LA2015 the largest sporting event in the world in 2015.