The beginning of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games took place in Los Angeles and Press Pass LA was in attendance to kick things off!
This year’s Special Olympics featured competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball and other summer sports. The opening ceremony was held at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with about 80,000 spectators.
Prior to the opening ceremony, the Olympic flame made a stop in its Final Leg Law Enforcement Torch Run at The Green at The Americana at Brand where the flame, which originated in Athens, Greece, passed through Host Town Glendale on its way to the Los Angeles Coliseum. Press Pass LA was at The Americana to witness this special moment and bid the flame safe travels to its final destination where First Lady Michelle Obama declared the 2015 Special Olympics open!
Press Pass LA also attended the Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience Football (soccer) Game at UCLA Campus where Starkey Hearing Foundation ambassadors Kyle and Chris Massey competed amongst a total of 120 participants – 60 Unified Sports Experience athletes and 60 Unified Sports Experience guests.
The Unified Sports Experience Football Game connects people both on and off the field by encouraging everyone involved to reject stereotypes, prejudices and misconceptions, and replace them with an attitude of inclusion, acceptance and diversity.
Representing Starkey Hearing Foundation, Kyle joined team “Reach Up,” competing against Chris’ team “Respect” during the first round. Running alongside Chris on team “Respect” was professional snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson. Both on and off the field, Kyle and Chris shared inspiring moments with Special Olympics athletes and Unified Sports Experience guests, including former decathlete and Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson, professional football player Dale Moss, professional snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter, actor Geoff Stults (7th Heaven, The Odd Couple) and more. Following the game, Kyle and Chris Massey were awarded Special Olympics medals alongside their team members.
This year’s games involve 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities who come to prove they are the best in their sport. These athletes came from all around the world to be apart of the Special Olympics and this is the largest event L.A. has hosted since the 1984 Olympics.
Do you plan on attending or watching the remainder of the Special Olympics running through August 2nd?
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