Posted: Monday, June 29, 2015 – 12:15 PM
(CNS) – With the Special Olympics World Games less than a month away, a local philanthropy group announced today a $1 million pledge to help fund the event.
The LA84 Foundation, which hands out grants to youth sports programs, boosted its original $250,000 contribution by another $750,000 to cover field of play costs for the event, which will draw 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world to compete in Los Angeles.
The Special Olympics set for July 25-Aug. 2 is billed as the biggest single event to be held in Los Angeles since the 1984 Games. In addition to the athletes, the 10-day event will involve 30,000 volunteers, 3,000 coaches and 500,000 spectators.
“We are pleased to announce our $1 million pledge for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which promises to be a landmark event in the history of Los Angeles,” said Anita L. DeFrantz, president of the LA84 Foundation and executive board member of the International Olympic Committee.
The foundation was created using surplus funds from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
The Special Olympics World Games Organizing Committee has also promised to match the $1 million donation.
“This significant pledge from LA84 demonstrates that the positive legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games lives on in our city,” Special Olympics President Patrick McClenahan said.
Beverly Hills is a host city for the games, and activities will begin the week before the opening ceremonies.