Thousands of people from all over the world gathered in Los Angeles on August 2nd to pay their final tribute to the Special Olympics World Games’ athletes, coaches, and volunteers.
The closing ceremony took place at LA’s Coliseum where nearly half a million people were in attendance. Broadcasted on ESPN, Paralympic Gold Medalist and Reporter, Victoria Arlen hosted with David Egan.
Carly Rae Jepsen performed, where athletes and spectators joined her in dancing and celebrating the amazing event.
More than 6,500 athletes from 177 countries participated in the Games this year, alongside 3,000 coaches and over 10,000 volunteers. The closing ceremony honors and celebrates the accomplishments of everyone involved in the World Games.
Barry Freeman attended the ceremony and said “all of the athletes were dancing when [Jepsen] performed and the environment was just fun… it was a true celebration and it was great to be a part of it.”
You did not have to be involved in the Games to attend the ceremony, as individuals everywhere came together to honor the incredible people involved.
President Barak Obama and wife, Michelle Obama were honorary chairs of the worldwide event.