CSULB Hosting Chinese Special Olympians During World Games

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Long Beach State University (LBSU), in partnership with the Special Olympics World Games, will host 330 Chinese athletes and their coaches, who will stay in the university’s Beachside Housing dormitories from July 21-24 while training for the upcoming World Games.

“As a long-time partner of the Special Olympics, Long Beach State University is honored to welcome and celebrate the Chinese delegation as they prepare for the World Games,” said LBSU President Jane Close Conoley. “We are excited to share our excellent facilities and give our guests an opportunity to experience the wonderful things our university and the city of Long Beach have to offer.”

Part of the World Games “Host Town” program, the Chinese delegation will also visit major sites in Long Beach, including the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Altogether, 7,700 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California through the “Host Town” program, and 100 Southern California communities are involved in some way.

While LBSU will not host any actual competitions as the games are being held at various locations throughout the Los Angeles area from July 25-26, the Games will feature thousands of athletes and coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world this year and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.

LBSU and the Special Olympics have a long history as the university hosted the Southern California Summer Games every year from 1998-2013. Additionally, 57 current students or alumni from LBSU’s graduate program in sports management have gone on to participate in internships or gained full-time employment with the Special Olympics or Summer Games. In June, LBSU welcomed back the Southern California Summer Games after a one-year absence and announced that the university with host the games through 2017.

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