Special Olympics World Games
Monterey Park is proud to have been a Host Town for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)
Videos on YouTube
- Team Germany at Barnes Park, Luminarias Restaurant
- German team with Lincoln Heights, Alhambra
- Cal State L.A. Pep Rally featuring Mark Keppel H.S., etc.
- Special Olympics torch arrives at MPK city hall
Thursday, July 23, 1:30 p.m., Barnes Park Amphitheater: Special Olympics Arts & Music Welcome Festival. More...
Friday, July 24, 11 a.m., Cal State L.A. gym: Farewell pep rally featuring Mark Keppel and San Gabriel high schools band and cheer teams. More...
Members of the press may also be interested in the July 23 luncheon and dinner. Please see the recent news release.
The City of Monterey Park has been selected to participate in the Special Olympics World Games Host Town program from July 21–24, 2015. Before the Special Olympics World Games begin on July 25, 2015, more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California through the Host Town program. As many as 100 communities from San Luis Obispo to San Diego will have the honor of being selected as an official Host Town.
- To learn more about how you can become a volunteer with the host town program, please contact the recreation department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-307-1388.
- Online donations can be made via the Special Olympics website at www.la2015.org/host-town/monterey-park.
- Support Monterey Park's hosting of the German delegation by purchasing a commemorative pin ($10) or wristband ($5) from the city clerk's office. Info 626-307-1359 or email@example.com.
- Flag banners and other recognition is now available. Please contact Larry Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org (Please note there is no "e.").
- Follow on Instagram @HostTownMPK and hashtag #HostTownMPK; and Facebook.
Delegations will arrive four days prior to Opening Ceremonies and be joined with their respective host towns to become acclimated to Southern California weather and culture. On July 21, 2015, cities of Monterey Park and Alhambra will co-host a delegation of athletes, coaches, and staff from Germany. Both cities have been diligently planning all details of this arrival including accommodations, meals, travel, training, and entertainment.
The Committee for Host Town Monterey Park is planning an arts & music festival to celebrate our delegation on July 23, 2015. A luncheon with international flair will be provided through the generosity of various local restaurants. Entertainment from groups such as, but not limited to, Taiko drumming, Hula, and cover bands will display the vibrant and diverse culture and history of Monterey Park.
In partnership with Luminarias Restaurant, the Consulate General of Germany in Los Angeles will co-host a dinner for the entire delegation on the evening of July 23, 2015. Monterey Park will continue to showcase our culture through food and entertainment along with a formal flag presentation by Monterey Park Police Department and a Dragon dance performance.
The Committee is seeking support from community businesses and individuals. The budget set to host a delegate is $100 per day. Sponsorship opportunities such as flag banners and other recognition is now available. Please contact Larry Sullivan: email@example.com. The committee is also selling bracelets at the City Clerk’s Office for $5. Proceeds will benefit the Host Town Program, Special Olympics, and The Leo Clubs of Southern California.
The Special Olympics World Games 2015 is the biggest sporting event Los Angeles will host since the 1984 Summer Olympics Games of the XXIII Olympiad. Monterey Park has a history of involvement with welcoming the international athletic community having hosted field hockey at East Los Angeles College for the 1984 Olympic Games.“The Host Town program is an exciting way for Southern California locals to open our doors and show the athletes and coaches from around the world our hospitality and our culture,” said Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. “This is an important part of the World Games experience and a truly meaningful way for different communities to be part of the Games and create lasting memories for our visiting athletes.”
As a Host Town, Monterey Park will entertain, accommodate, and introduce their delegation to the culture of the city. As part of the program, California State University Los Angeles will provide housing accommodations and training facilities for all participating athletes.
“It's a great honor to be a host city for the Special Olympics here in the city of Monterey Park. It is an exciting opportunity for us all here in the city and we are looking forward to games and all the festivities!,” said Monterey Park Mayor Hans Liang.
“We’re really excited about the opportunity to be a Host Town and get the honor and privilege of meeting and interacting with the athletes,“ said Chief of Police Jim Smith.
For general information about the Special Olympics World Games 2015 please visit www.la2015.org.
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