LOS ANGELES (AP/CBSLA.com) — First lady Michelle Obama is coming to Los Angeles next month to kick off the Special Olympics World Games, organizers announced Thursday.
Obama, long an advocate of physical fitness and healthy lifestyles, will take part in the games’ opening ceremonies July 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of opening ceremonies for the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics.
“The Special Olympics movement is thrilled and honored to have first lady Michelle Obama join us on this momentous occasion,” said Tim Shriver, the games’ chairman. “Her vision of wellness, fitness and inclusion of all in sport is at the heart of Special Olympics.”
With approximately 7,000 athletes participating in 26 different sports, organizers expect the nine-day Special Olympics will be the largest sports event Los Angeles has hosted since the 1984 Summer Olympics. They anticipate as many as 500,000 spectators will take part in the various…
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