Special Olympics in VCC

Special thanks to (L-R) Patricia Tewes, Kevin Libera, Remuben Franco, Rebekah Evans, Victor Dollar, Sur Stalley, Shannon Hillygus

Thousands of Special Olympics athletes, delegates, and families traveled the globe to compete in the biggest sports event of this past summer, the Special Olympics World Games LA 2015. Competing in events like bocce ball, track, and basketball, Special Olympic athletes showed the most amazing perseverance, strength, and sportsmanship during this exciting event. Read more below about Ventura County Coast’s role in this amazing event!

What is the Special Olympics World Games?

The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. The Special Olympics World Games is where the top athletes from each country come together and show off their sportsmanship.

Besides offering competition, the Special Olympics World Games offered an invaluable service: free healthcare. Thousands of Olympians received free dental care, hearing aids, eyewear, shoes, and more that would be unavailable in their home countries.

Ventura County Coast’s Role in Special Olympics LA2015

When the Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA) heard about the athletes’ need for accommodations, the association donated over one hundred rooms for participants and their families. When both national and international Olympians reached Ventura County, our community welcomed them with open arms.

Smiling through tears, one New Zealand Special Olympics coach described the hospitality and warmth of the Ventura County Lodging Association as unlike any other. The VCLA was bestowed the honor of receiving two Certificates of Recognition from Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and from Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin during a local awards ceremony. VCLA Director Rebekah Evans voiced that “we were all so excited to be part of such an amazing event”.

A very special thanks to the Special Olympics for giving the Ventura County Coast community the chance to meet so many amazing athletes and to the Ventura County Lodging Association for providing these athletes with essential accommodations.

Come stay a night or two at Ventura County Coast by clicking here and get the same extraordinary hospitality!