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Special Olympics Southern California 2015 Summer Games

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Hundreds of gold, silver and bronze medals are polished and ready to be awarded as Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Summer Games return to the California State Long Beach campus and Recreation Park Golf Course on June 13th through June 14th.

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The annual event begins early Saturday morning with the torch lighting opening ceremony at 9:30am, followed by competitions, award ceremonies and special athlete educational events scheduled throughout the weekend.

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An estimated 1,100 athletes from Southern California will compete in Aquatics, Athletics (Track & Field), Basketball, Bocce, Golf, and Gymnastics. Along with the games, weekend competitions will also include games, live entertainment, community and law enforcement exhibits at Expo Park and the Grand Prize drawing for the Special Olympics Southern California Dream House Raffle campaign, where more than 1,600 prizes including the grand prize will be awarded. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $150 until May 29th.

The Summer Games are the first of two Southern California championships held each year, and this year’s games serve as prelude to the much anticipated Special Olympics 2015 World Summer Games, held July 25- August 2.

Day one of Summer Games will include the annual “Breakfast with Champions”

Leaders of the business and sports communities come together to honor the accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes. This year, keynote speaker will be Doc Rivers, President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach for the Los Angeles Clippers. Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased at www.sosc.org/bwc.

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During Summer Games, SOSC will showcase two of its signature programs, Healthy Athletes and Young Athletes. Free health screenings will be provided, and participants in the Young Athletes Program (ages 2 1⁄2 to 7) will learn the importance of sporting activities, which are vital to mental development and physical growth to the youngest members of the Special Olympics community.

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Leaders from SOSC and Cal State Long Beach will formally announce that the partnership between Special Olympics Southern California and Cal State Long Beach will continue, as the University has extended its agreement to host Summer Games through 2017.

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For nearly 50 years, Special Olympics has provided individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to succeed through the power of sport, providing sports training, competitions, and health education opportunities at no cost to them or their families.

Facts, photos and information courtesy of the Special Olympics

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