Pasadena Unified to Join With Host Town Pasadena in Welcoming Special Olympic Athletes from Around the World

Pasadena will host Special Olympics delegations, including athletes and coaches, from Namibia, Tanzania, and Singapore as part of the Special Olympics World Games Host Town Program. In the days before the World Games begin on July 25, these delegations will be among more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries that will be welcomed by our community. They will spend July 21-24 in and around Pasadena visiting our city’s landmarks, and preparing to compete at the World Games. The Host Town Pasadena committee is excited to provide food and housing so that these delegations can experience a ‘hometown’ experience while in Pasadena.

The delegations will arrive at Occidental College on Tuesday evening, July 21 after going through a final health check at Loyola Marymount University. The Host Town Committee and St. Francis High School will be providing a welcome reception and light dinner upon their arrival. The athletes will be sleeping at Occidental College where they will also train in the mornings through July 24, before departing to their assigned athletic villages at USC and UCLA.

Host Town Pasadena has arranged a city celebration as The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics arrives in Pasadena on Wednesday, July 22 from 11:30 am to 2 pm. The Pasadena Unified School District Special Education Department/LEARNS is providing lunch for the visiting athletes while our community gathers in centennial square with local school athletes, cheerleaders, jazz bands, drum corps and various volunteer service groups. After the Torch Run festivities conclude, the delegations will take a private tour of the Rose Bowl Stadium. Later that evening, the Pasadena Police Department will provide a BBQ dinner at Kid Space and these delegates will interact with Kid Space Educators and our local Special Olympic Athletes, The Pasadena Ducks. All will be entertained by dance performances by the High Spirit Dancers.

On Thursday, The Youth and Family Program at The Huntington Library, along with the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, will be welcoming the athletes and provide a lecture and video of the Huntington Library, as well as a tour of the gardens. Del Frisco’s Grille of Pasadena will be providing the lunch and it will be served by Pasadena’s National Charity League volunteers. The final celebration will be a dinner dance held at Flintridge Preparatory School, hosted by their Athletic Council on Leadership.

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