Special Olympics World Games- The Competition

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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

Venue Facts

  • 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.

Useful Information

  • 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.

Accessibility/ADA Information

  • 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


If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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