Special Olympics World Games- The Games Conclude

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Gayle Anderson was live in Exposition Park at Loker Stadium at USC, 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 at USC for the sport of athletics, which encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Through the track-and-field-based athletics training program, participants can develop total fitness to compete in any sport. As with all Special Olympics sports, athletics offers athletes the opportunity to learn through skill development and competitive settings and to be involved in large social settings.

Established at Special Olympics: 1968

Associations/Federations/Supporters: International Association of Athletics Federations

Events for Competition:

Individual Track Events for Competition 
25 Meters
50 Meters
100 Meters
100 Meters Walk
200 Meters
400 Meters
400 Meters Walk
800 Meters
800 Meters Walk
1,500 Meters
3,000 Meters
5,000 Meters
10,000 Meters

Individual Field Events for Competition
High Jump
Long Jump
Mini Javelin
Shot Put
Standing Long Jump
Softball Throw

Relay Events
4x100 Meters Relay
4x400 Meters Relay

100 Meters
400 Meters
Long Jump
High Jump
Shot Put

Differences of Special Olympics Athletics: A major difference of Special Olympics Athletics is that all athletes go to a final. Special Olympics also requires that all athletes give their best effort at all times. An athlete at Special Olympics can adjust their qualifying time to obtain a better grouping in a future running heat. Additionally Special Olympics Athletics modifies the heights in the high jump, conduct 10, 25, and 50 meter runs, walks and wheel chair events. These events don’t exist in International Association of Athletics Federations competitions.

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.

For the complete list, of today’s festivities and information about the closing ceremonies, please check the website.

Gayle also has 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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