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MB to Host Athletes from Hungary, Nepal for Special Olympics World Games

Mar 16, 2015 11:15AM ● By DigMB Staff
Athletes from Hungary and Nepal will visit Manhattan Beach for three days in July before heading off to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at Los Angeles venues. The official public announcement came at an event at which four South Bay "Host Town" cities--MB, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach--named the countries they will host.

MB Mayor Wayne Powell handled emcee duties for the Manhattan Beach contingent, presenting Patrick McClenahan, president and CEO of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, Caley Versfelt, 2015 World Games Global Messenger, and MB residents Judy and John Peetz, who are in charge of MB's Host Town program, with a key to the city and proclamation. Other city's mayors and Hermosa' City Manager Tom Bakaly made the announcements for their cities.

Some 100 athletes, coaches and delegates will stay in MB, according to Judy and John Peetz who head an all-volunteer effort to pay for and stage activities and accommodations for the visitors. The Peetz stepped up to the plate for the Special Olympics World Games, entering Manhattan Beach's name as a possible Host Town. They then asked friends Russ and Charlotte Lesser to assist them with the arrangements.

Special Olympics World Games are held every four years, and the 2015 Games are the first held in the US since the late 1990s. The last three World Games have been held in Greece, Shanghai, and Ireland.

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