Host Town Santa Monica Readies to Welcome Brazilian and Romanian Special Olympics World Game Athletes

Platinum sponsor Santa Monica Place is joined by local businesses
to support good will program

SANTA MONICA, Calif. July 22, 2015 – Thousands of Special Olympic athletes will arrive from all corners of the globe this week to participate in the 2015 Special Olympic World Games, the largest event held in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. Santa Monica will play a vital role in the occasion by hosting nearly 100 athletes from Brazil and Romania in the three days prior to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, providing the athletes with an opportunity to visit iconic Santa Monica locations while acclimating to Los Angeles in the critical days leading up to the opening ceremony.

The ability to host the athletes, coaches and chaperones of each delegation would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of several local businesses, led by platinum sponsor Santa Monica Place and supported by the City of Santa Monica, HBO, Irell & Manella LLP, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, Le Meridian Delfina Santa Monica, Perry’s Beach Café, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital, Downtown Santa Monica and Foth Advertising.

“This is an opportunity for Santa Monica Place to be part of history and support the world’s most inspiring athletes who continuously display unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and courage,” said Julia B. Ladd, AVP, Property Management for Santa Monica Place. “We are proud to help bring these courageous athletes to our beautiful city.”

The athletes will be welcomed to a city with a deep connection to Special Olympics; a movement that was started in the 1960s by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and mother of former Santa Monica Mayor and City Council Member Bobby Shriver. During their stay in Santa Monica, the Brazilian and Romanian delegates will participate in a Host Town welcome at Muscle Beach, in addition to spending time at some of Santa Monica’s most iconic attractions, including: the Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica Place, Pacific Park and the Santa Monica Pier.

“As a city that champions inclusion and open mindedness, there’s a natural connection between Santa Monica and the Special Olympics,” says Misti Kerns, Santa Monica Travel & Tourism president/CEO and member of the Santa Monica Host Committee. “We look forward to welcoming the Romanian and Brazilian athletic delegations and encouraging them as they prepare for the competition of a lifetime.”

The Host Town Program and Special Olympics Southern California-Westside services are free to all eligible athletes, but depend on financial support and volunteer efforts from individuals and businesses. Find out more about how you can help by visiting the Host Town webpage or by calling 866-244-8464.

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.

About Santa Monica Place

Santa Monica Place has earned nearly 20 industry awards including the prestigious VIVA “Best of the Best” Award for excellence in design and development by the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Award. This LEED Gold-certified property is located just steps from the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to Third Street Promenade in the heart of Santa Monica. The three-level, open-air Santa Monica Place is home to Bloomingdale’s SoHo, Nordstrom, Emporio Armani, Eton, Tory Burch, Barneys Co-Op, Hugo Boss, Nike, kitson, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, Burberry Brit, kate spade new york, and AllSaints Spitalfields. For more information, visit www.santamonicaplace.com or interact with us via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

About Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT), formerly Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau, is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monica as a travel destination. For travel and accommodation information or a free copy of the official Visitors Guide, the public can write to the Santa Monica Visitor Center, 2427 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405; call 800-544-5319 or 310-393-7593; visit santamonica.com; or email info@santamonica.com. Follow SMTT on Twitter @GoSantaMonica or become a Facebook fan at facebook.com/visitsantamonica.

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Contact: Jackie Alvarez
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
310-319-6263
Jalvarez@santamonica.com