From July 21 to 25, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and the City of Carson will host delegations of athletes and coaches from the countries of Dominica, Palestine, Turkmenistan, Syria and Mali as part of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles Host Town program.
“CSU Dominguez Hills is honored and excited to be hosting the Special Olympics World Game athletes on campus as they prepare for international competition,” said University President Willie J. Hagan. “But the World Games are about much more than competition. It’s about compassion, camaraderie, and overcoming obstacles. It’s about gratification, instilling self-confidence and creating opportunities for everyone, and encouraging those with challenges to step beyond their comfort zones to reach their goals.”
Through the World Games Host Town program, more than 5,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to communities throughout Southern California. The Carson Host Town delegations will be staying in University Housing and using the campus to practice as they prepare to compete in the games. The city and university have also organized a number of activities, such as visits to the StubHub Center and the Goodyear Blimp and a luau barbecue. Local business and community organizations joining to host the athletes include Cal Western, DoubleTree Hotel, Kiwanis Rotary Club, Price Transfer, SouthBay Pavilion, Watson Land Company.
“We are privileged Carson is one of the host communities for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles. This is an international event, with athletes, coaches, volunteers and other guests coming from all over the world, and we are happy to provide a memorable experience and showcase our diverse community,” said Carson’s Mayor Albert Robles.
The Opening Ceremony of the World Games will be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 25 and televised on ESPN. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, visit LA2015.org and on social media with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.