100 DAYS AWAY: FAQ 1. What is significant about the 100 Days Away Milestone for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games? a. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games 100 Days Away Milestone marks the countdown to the start of the World Games on July 25, 2015. As the world’s largest sporting event this year, as well as the largest event to take place in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games, this milestone will help increase excitement and anticipation for the World Games in Los Angeles. In alignment with the mission of Special Olympics, the 100 Days Away moment will highlight the abilities and accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes, as well as the 200 million people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. The 100 Days Away celebration is only the beginning to counting down to this historic summer event. 2. a. 3. a. What does this milestone mean for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games? The 100 Days Away milestone is narrowing in on the proximity to the 2015 World Games this summer in Los Angeles, with the Opening Ceremony of the Games on July 25, 2015. In just a few short months, the LA2015 World Games will showcase the courage, determination and joy of all Special Olympics athletes, and highlight the true unifying power of sports. Additionally, more than 100 communities across Southern California that are participating in our Host Town Program will host fundraising and awareness events that will increase the overall awareness of the World Games coming to Los Angeles this summer. To learn more about the Host Town program ad get involved, visit LA2015.org/Host-Town. 4. a. What type of impact does LA2015 hope to create in the community? In addition to our ultimate mission of creating the awareness that leads to acceptance and inclusion of all people with intellectual disabilities, these World Games will leave an impactful legacy for Special Olympics in Southern California. Through the connections and awareness made through the World Games, Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) aims to double the number of athletes they serve to nearly 30,000 by 2016. The World Games and the support created in the Host Town communities throughout Southern California will help reach this goal. What should the Southern California community expect to take place leading up to the 2015 World Games? In celebration of the 100 Days Away milestone, cities throughout Southern California will REACH UP with various events and activations. A key visual that will be consistent in the 100 Days Away celebration relates to the World Games logo which features a Celebratory Figure inside the Circle of Acceptance and Inclusion. The Circle represents the overall mission of these World Games, creating the awareness that leads to acceptance and inclusion of all people with intellectual disabilities. 100 DAYS AWAY: FAQ 5. a. What can people expect at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games? This is the first time since the 1984 Olympic Games that Los Angeles will serve as the host city of a major international sporting event, so Los Angeles will be brimming with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries. The 25-sport competition will be held over 9 days, from July 25 - August 2, 2015 in venues across Los Angeles from Long Beach to Griffith Park. The Opening Ceremony will be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, July 25 and will be televised and distributed to a worldwide audience by ESPN. The sporting competition events are free and open to the public. Interested media can register for a credential at LA2015.org/media and for more information.
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