Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach, one of several southern California venues hosting the SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES.
We’re invited fill all of the stands now until August 2nd and cheer the amazing athletes who define Joy, Courage and Determination. It's time to Reach Up LA!
Today, Gayle was live in Long Beach at Alamitos Beach, a coastal neighborhood in the southern portion of the city of Long Beach, California. A public beach is within short walking distance of all residences with some buildings having direct access. The beach includes the Long Beach bicycle path that starts at Shoreline Village and ends in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach. The neighborhood was laid out in the 1920s, and many of its buildings date back to that era.
Special Olympics World Games Sports
- Alamitos Beach hosted the First National Surfing and Paddleboard Championship from November to December of 1938.
- The neighborhood was laid out in the 1920s, and many of its buildings date back to that era.
- Alamitos Beach is home to many city events, including the Long Beach Marathon and the Amgen Tour California Bike Race to name a few.
- Spectator Entry Point(s): Enter from Shoreline Dr. and Linden Ave. as well as from the Long Beach Bike Path. Entrance(s) are marked by "X" on the Spectator Maps.
- There is no seating provided for the Open Water Swimming competition.
- No shading is provided in the bleachers.
- Food can be purchased at Alfredo's off the beach bike path near the Beach Volleyball courts.
- Alamitos Beach is easily accessible by public transportation.
- All sport competitions are free and open to the public to attend. Alamitos Beach is a public beach.
- All venues, unless noted, are ADA accessible (bathrooms, parking, ramps, etc.).
- Will have ramp available for wheelchair access to the Beach Volleyball grandstands.
- No seating is available for the Open Water Swimming competition.
Monday Long Beach Competition Schedule:
*9am – 1:15pm Beach Volleyball, Long Beach-Alamitos Beach
*10am – 3:15pm Cycling, Long Beach-Alamitos Beach
To follow the daily activities and competitions, check the detailed website:
Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 Schedule
Also, there are Special Olympics World Games Festivals and Entertainment. The competitions hosted during the nine days of competition July 25-August 2, 2015 are only one aspect of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Much of the action and excitement outside the arenas and competition fields will occur in the two World Games Festivals hosted on the campuses of UCLA (Wilson Plaza) and USC (Alumni Park). Athletes, family members and spectators converge in these festive environments for interactive and entertaining events that include live musical performances, cultural education and demonstrations, interactive technology and gaming, sponsor activations, great food and family-friendly activities. Enthusiastic fans will meet Special Olympics athletes from an array of cultural and sporting backgrounds while also participating in fan engagement opportunities that send messages of support and encouragement to the competing athletes. Art installations and activities as diverse as the cultural landscape of Los Angeles insure that there is something for everyone. The festivals are free and open to the public daily, though some evening events may be at a limited capacity due to space restrictions.
Here’s a list of some of today festivities. For the complete list, please check the website.
|9:00am - 10:00am||Entertainment / Morning Stretch for Athletes, Volunteers & Spectators (Led by Dr. Levi Harrison)||USC | Alumni Park|
|10:00am - 9:00pm||Entertainment Festival: East Asia Day||UCLA | Wilson Plaza|
|10:00am - 9:00pm||Entertainment Festival||USC | Alumni Park|
|11:00am - 11:20am||Entertainment / “We are One" Taekwondo Challenge Team||UCLA | Wilson Plaza|
|11:00am - 11:20am||Entertainment / Footstompers, Blue Jay Squares & HiCountry||USC | Alumni Park|
|11:40am - 12:20pm||Entertainment / Bust-A-Move Dance Company||USC | Alumni Park|
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Entertainment / American Taekwondo Association||UCLA | Wilson Plaza|
|12:00pm - 4:00pm||Entertainment / DJ Dense||UCLA | Wilson Plaza|
|12:00pm - 4:00pm||Entertainment / DJ Ron Sleezy||USC | Alumni Park|
|12:40pm - 1:00pm||Entertainment / Barbara Padilla||USC | Alumni Park|
|1:20pm - 1:40pm||Entertainment / Sabrina Huang||UCLA | Wilson Plaza|
|1:20pm - 1:40pm||Entertainment / Lisa Deveaux||USC | Alumni Park|
|2:00pm - 2:40pm||Entertainment / ACCA-Kung Fu Group||UCLA | Wilson Plaza|
|2:00pm - 2:20pm||Entertainment / On The Beat Dance Team||USC | Alumni Park|
|2:40pm - 3:20pm||Entertainment / ACCA-Teenage Dance Group||UCLA | Wilson Plaza|
|2:40pm - 3:00pm||Entertainment / The Miracle Project on the Move||USC | Alumni Park|
|3:20pm - 3:40pm||Entertainment / Shamar Forte||USC | Alumni Park|
|4:00pm - 8:00pm||Entertainment / DJ Dominic Miranda||UCLA | Wilson Plaza|
|4:00pm - 4:20pm||Entertainment / The Open Academy Youth Orchestra||USC | Alumni Park|
|4:00pm - 7:00pm||Entertainment / DJ of Ability||USC | Alumni Park|
|4:40pm - 5:00pm||Entertainment / Ebony Lotus & Picture Perfect Clique||USC | Alumni Park|
|5:20pm - 5:40pm||Entertainment / Hamid Ala||USC | Alumni Park|
|6:20pm - 6:40pm||Entertainment / Estrellitas de Dios||USC | Alumni Park|
|7:00pm - 7:20pm||Entertainment / Kat McDowell||USC | Alumni Park|
|7:00pm - 9:00pm||Entertainment / Radio Disney||USC | Alumni Park|
|7:40pm - 8:00pm||Entertainment / Jae-P||USC | Alumni Park|
|8:20pm - 8:40pm||Entertainment / ACCA-Adult Group||UCLA | Wilson Plaza|
Gayle also had information about the Special Needs Network Inc. Resource Guide: Special Needs Edition. The FREE guide was produced in conjunction with Toyota and KJLH Radio, 102.3FM.
Special Needs Network Inc. is an organization co-founded by Attorney Areva Martin, one of two mothers forced to cope with the challenges they faced after their two sons were diagnosed with Autism.
For more information about the Special Needs Network, Inc Resource Guide:
Special Needs Network, Inc / Together
3530 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010