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LA2015 Announces Media Registration Now Open for Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LA2015, the Organizing Committee for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, has announced that media registration is now open online to those interested in applying for media credentials. The Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles will be the world’s largest sports-and-humanitarian event in 2015, bringing together more than 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries, and cheered on by more than 500,000 spectators. The star-studded Opening Ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 25, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the opening of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.

The 14th Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held from July 25 to August 2, 2015 and will feature 25 Olympic-type sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Half Marathon, Handball, Judo, Kayaking, Open-Water Swimming, Powerlifting, Rollerskating, Sailing, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball. These games will showcase the unlimited potential of people with intellectual disabilities – the largest disability population in the world.

Members of the media wishing to apply for media credentials must visit www.LA2015.org/registration and click on the “Media” registration link in order to fully complete all fields and submit a registration request. To ensure that the correct credentials are issued, media are encouraged to review the form for accuracy before submitting your request online. Confirmation will be made by e-mail upon completion of the form.

Please note that press credentials for the World Games are allocated to media professionals only (recognized television and radio organizations, daily or weekly newspapers, national magazines, web-based organizations generating original editorial content and photographic organizations with online, newspaper and magazine clients). The deadline for media registration is June 1, 2015.

For media professionals who are unable to attend the World Games in Los Angeles but would like more information about global broadcast satellite feeds, photo services and/or story/newsletter services available, please contact the Games Organizing Committee at media@LA2015.org or call 213-344-4700. For more information about the 2015 World Games, please visit the Games official website: www.LA2015.org.

About the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 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. Current Founding Champions and sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, Davis Elen Advertising, AEG, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, The Walt Disney Company, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #TheWorldisComing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics®, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Lions Clubs International, Mattel, P&G, Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, The Safeway Foundation, and Safilo Group. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: twitter @specialolympics, fb.com/specialolympics, youtube.com/specialolympicshq, instagram.com/specialolympics and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.

Contacts

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015
Steven Vanderpool, 213-892-6069
Vice President, Communications
steven.vanderpool@LA2015.org