Kaiser Permanente has announced that it will serve as a founding champion sponsor and the official Total Health partner for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Gamesin Los Angeles.
More than 7,000 international competitors from some 170 countries are expected to gather from July 25 to Aug. 2, 2015, to show their athletic perseverance and dedication as they build camaraderie and strive for excellence.
On July 30, a special kick-off event took place at the Los Angeles Coliseum to announce the Summer Games. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti touted the tremendous benefit the games will provide to the Los Angeles area.
The mayor also announced that U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as honorary chairs of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Watch Obama’s video message about the Special Olympics World Games.
As the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, the Special Olympics provide training and competitions throughout the year to more than 4 million athletes around the world. Its local, national and regional competitions comprise more than 53,000 events annually. The Special Olympics World Games alternate between summer and winter games and take place every two years.
Kaiser Permanente is supporting the Special Olympics World Summer Games because they demonstrate a shared vision among a worldwide population that wants to improve Total Health by making lives better. Both Kaiser Permanente and the Special Olympics recognize the health benefits to children and adults who are physically active.
This is particularly important because children with disabilities are 38 percent more likely to be obese. In addition, the Special Olympics transform the lives of their athletes with intellectual disabilities by inspiring hope, confidence and courage.
Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians will have the opportunity to participate as volunteers, and, in the past, have demonstrated a tradition of volunteerism in a range of capacities that build healthier communities both here and abroad.