CSULB to Remain Host Site For Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games through 2017

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special-0lympicsApproaching nearly two decades as partners, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and Special Olympics Southern California announced Thursday, that the university will continue to serve as the host site for Summer Games through 2017. The Summer Games is Special Olympics Southern California’s largest competition of the year and is free and open to the public.

“The Summer Games is such a unique and wonderful event that has been embraced by so many members of the Long Beach community each year, and we are thrilled that it will continue to take place at The Beach,” said CSULB President Jane Close Conoley. “We look forward to welcoming the thousands of athletes, their families and guests who truly embody the university’s ‘can do’ attitude.”

2015 marks the return of the Summer Games to CSULB, which had hosted the event every year from 1998-2013. This year’s event will be the first non-CSULB athletics event to take place on the campus’ newly renovated track. The partnership with Special Olympics extends even farther as 57 current students or alumni from CSULB’s graduate program in sports management have gone on to internships or full-time employment with Special Olympics or Summer Games.

“I can’t think of a better and more hospitable environment to host the Summer Games than at Cal State Long Beach,” said Bill Shumard, president and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California and an alumnus of CSULB. “The university has been an incredible partner for almost twenty years, and we look forward to an even stronger relationship over the next several years.”

This year’s Summer Games will take place at CSULB on June 13-14. The Games will feature competition in six sports – aquatics, athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, golf and gymnastics. More than 1,100 athletes and coaches travel from all over Southern California to participate in the competition. The event will also host more than 2,000 volunteers, and 5,000 local dignitaries, sponsors and spectators. For more information about the Summer Games, please click here.

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