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The world’s largest sports and humanitarian event is coming to the world’s capital for media and entertainment. Los Angeles, California will be the host site for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Check out this fun promo video for the 2015 World Summer Games and get excited for the competition!

The Special Olympics organization is the world’s largest sports organization for the children and adults with any intellectual disability. This organization has 4.4 million athletes in 170 different countries around the globe.  For over 40 years this organization has been spreading the message that people with intellectual disabilities can succeed if given a chance on a proper platform. The organization conducts the Special Olympics World Games, held every two years alternating between summer and winter.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver held a camp for children with disabilities in June 1962 at her home in Maryland. As she was deeply concerned with the intellectual disabilities of those children having nowhere to play. The first international Special Olympics were held at soldier field in Chicago in 1968. In this one day event, about 1500 athletes from Canada and the USA participated. The US Olympics Committee gave them official approval to use the name “Olympics” in 1971.

The logo of the Special Olympics has gone through several changes during its lifetime. The most recent “Stick Figure” logo is an excellent piece of design to convey the impression of activity and movement.

The Special Olympics offers more than 32 sports which include both Olympic-type Individual and team sports. Sports availability depends on the season and venue of the Olympics.

◦Alpine Skiing

◦Aquatics

◦Athletics (Track and Field)

◦Badminton

◦Basketball

◦Bocce

◦Bowling

◦Cross-Country Skiing

◦Cycling

◦Equestrian Sports

◦Figure Skating

◦Floor Hockey

◦Soccer

◦Golf

◦Gymnastics

◦Handball

◦Judo

◦Power lifting

◦Sailing

◦Short-track Speed skating

◦Snowboarding

◦Snowshoeing

◦Softball

◦Table Tennis

◦Tennis

◦Volleyball

The next Special Olympics World Games

◦Special Olympics World Summer Games: Los Angeles, California from July 25 to August 2, 2015.

◦Special Olympics World Winter Games: Graz and Schladming, Austria March 14–24, 2017.