CLAREMONT, Calif. – May 20, 2015 – The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Organizing Committee, Inc. (LA2015) has tapped Spectrum Sports Management, the leading Southern California-based sports management event production and sponsorship agency, to manage two of the six hubs of events and athletic competitions of the Special Olympics World Games which will take place throughout Southern California July 25 – Aug. 2, 2015. These two hubs will constitute 9 of the 25 sports for this summer’s competitions.
The company’s professional experience managing similar sporting events makes Spectrum uniquely qualified to manage the venues and Competition Managers as the events take place on the city streets and venues throughout the City of Long Beach, as well as the golf and equestrian events at Griffith Park. The team’s management will ensure a great experience for the athletes and help Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) and the Games Organizing Committee create a world class setting for the Summer Games, and set a foundation for growth in the years ahead for SOSC.
Spectrum Sports Management President Mike Bone, a member of the Special Olympics Southern California Regional Council, has longstanding ties to the organization. Bone participated with the site selection team that represented the Los Angeles bid at the Athens Special Olympics World Games in 2011, which allowed him to showcase his company’s experiences and help to ensure the procurement of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles by providing a robust team proposal of management operations and professionals for the World Games.
The 2015 Special Olympics World Games will provide a significant economic impact to Los Angeles as more than 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries will travel to the City of Angels to participate in the largest sports and humanitarian event held anywhere in the world in 2015.
“In Los Angeles we tend to take for granted the historic sports history of events that have been hosted in the City of Angels,” states Mike Bone, President, Spectrum Sports Management. “The 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sporting event to be held here since the '84 Olympic Games, and will be considerably larger than the ‘32 Los Angeles Olympics. It’s an honor and a privilege for our staff to manage many of the events for the LA2015 Games Organizing Committee, and most importantly, empower the athletes with world-class event experiences.”
The LA2015 Games Organizing Committee included Spectrum Sports Management for event management upon learning of the City’s winning bid for the games.
“Mike Bone and his company, Spectrum Sports Management, have been active participants in the Special Olympics Southern California community for years,” states Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO of LA2015. “His company’s longstanding reputation for hosting events catering to elite athletes, such as the historic Northern Trust Open on the PGA TOUR, partnered with the hundreds of running events they have managed throughout Southern California, will ensure the 2015 World Games will be a memorable experience for Special Olympics athletes and spectators alike.”
About Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)
With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2, 2015 - will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. Current Founding Champions and sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, Davis Elen Advertising, Microsoft, Toys“R”Us, The Walt Disney Company, Google, UPS, Herbalife, Los Angeles Times, AMC Theaters, La Opinión, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, WWE, AEG, Annenberg Foundation, David Geffen, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Panda Express, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ABOUT SPECTRUM SPORTS MANAGEMENT, INC.
As the leading Southern California-based event management and production company, Spectrum Sports Management has produced more than 150 sporting events since its launch in 2001. From 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon and Marathon races, to charity golf, and the prestigious Northern Trust Open on the PGA TOUR’s West Coast swing, all hosted throughout the Southland, to Disney’s annual character-themed race productions, Spectrum is a leader of hosting large-scale events that welcome athletes and families of all ages and experience. For more information on the Spectrum’s category expertise and upcoming events, visit: spectrumsports.net.