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Inglewood, Calif. Welcomes Jamaica’s Special Olympics Delegation

Jamaican contingency to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Jamaican contingency to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

L.A. Clipper Paul Pierce, Reggie Theus and more on hand to welcome Team Jamaica 

Inglewood, Calif. — The City of Inglewood welcomed the 2015 Special Olympics World Games (LA2015) and the Special Olympics Flame of Hope during the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) on Wednesday, July 22.

The Inglewood Police Department carried the Flame of Hope from St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood to the Fabulous Forum and participated in a Torch Run Ceremony.

Following the LETR Torch Run Ceremony, the City of Inglewood welcomed Jamaica’s Special Olympics delegation to the Special Olympics World Games at a welcoming ceremony also at the Fabulous Forum.

NBA legend Reggie Theus, L.A. Clipper Paul Pierce and Jamaican Honorary Consul Lorna Jackson.
NBA legend Reggie Theus, L.A. Clipper Paul Pierce and Jamaican Honorary Consul Lorna Jackson.

Inglewood is the host town for Jamaica’s delegation of 68 athletes and 18 coaches who will be competing in 10 sports during the World Games including aquatics, open swim, badminton, basketball, football, volleyball and bocce.

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The welcoming ceremony took place at the Fabulous Forum with CBS News sports anchor Jim Hill serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Inglewood’s Mayor James Butts along with representatives from the Special Olympics were on hand to give remarks. Los Angeles Clipper Paul Pierce, NBA legend Reggie Theus, Inglewood resident and 1964 Olympian Marilyn Elaine White, Jr. Olympic Gold Medalist and Record Holder Althea Moses served as Special Olympic Ambassadors to Jamaica’s delegation.

With 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 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 will be held July 25 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games.

For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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