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Photo Gallery: Special Olympics Athletes Celebrate With Host Town

Jul 24, 2015 10:23AM ● By DigMB Staff

Manhattan Beach Rotary Club member and owner of Look! Optometry in downtown MB Les Silverman dances with a member of the Hungarian delegation.

The universal language of friendship and music took over Polliwog Park Thursday night as Host Town Manhattan Beach partied with Special Olympics athletes here from Hungary and Nepal to participate in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The World Games begin Saturday night with an opening ceremony in the LA Memorial Coliseum.

The 2015 LA World Games will feature some 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries. As part of the Host Town program for the Games, Manhattan Beach has been hosting athletes and coaches from Hungary and Nepal since Tuesday (July 21). Today (Friday, July 24) Host Town Manhattan Beach joins with other host towns Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and El Segundo to send off their delegations in a private ceremony at the RB Performing Arts Center.

On Thursday night, the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club and the Host Town MB committee put on a special evening of food, fun, and friendship in the amphitheater at Polliwog Park. The dinner event with fare from BrewcoThe Strand HouseRock'n Fish, and Rock & Brews was sold out in advance. Those who wanted to join in the evening by bringing a picnic or just hanging out were welcome to do so. MB resident, former MB mayor, and Body Glove President Russ Lesser’s band Thin Ice kept the tunes coming as athletes and community members danced the night away.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games begin on Saturday, July 25 and continue through Sunday, August 2. The Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in LA since the 1984 Olympic Games. 

With the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, t
he 2015 Special Olympics World Games will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the LA region. 

ESPN will broadcast coverage of the World Games to millions of fans internationally. 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.

In Manhattan Beach, residents John and Judy Peetz and Russ and Charlotte Lesser have helmed the city's Host Town arrangements, working with Kelly Stroman of the Downtown Business and Professionals Association.

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