Los Angeles, CA: 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony tonight.

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Los Angeles, CA: 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony tonight.

The opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games is expected to begin at 5:00pm PT on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum located at 3911 South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, California.

Over 7,000 athletes and over 3,000 coaches from more than 177 countries will competing in 25 Olympic style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles, California area over the course of 9 days from Saturday, July 25th, 2015 to Sunday, August 2nd, 2015, including soccer and tennis at University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.), basketball, swimming, and track and field at University of Southern California (U.S.C.), and bocce at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Along with athletes and their coaches, 5,000 honored guests and over 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event since the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California.

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Similar to the Olympic Games opening ceremonies, the opening ceremony to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will have the parade of athletes, raising of the Special Olympics flag, and lighting of the cauldron.

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver an opening speech during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown will be serving as Honorary Hosts.

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, actresses Eva Longoria and Lauren Potter, Olympic gold medallists Michael Phelps and Greg Louganis, and professional wrestling figure Stephanie McMahon are scheduled to make appearances as well as inspirational speeches and appearances from other celebrities.

Musical performers will include Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, Nicole Scherzinger, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, J Balvin and Becky G, “Reach Up LA” theme song creator Siedah Garrett and Cassadee Pope, the country singer-songwriter winner of the fall 2012 season of the NBC signing competition “The Voice.”

According to the LA2015 (Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015) website, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California will be a milestone event of a long-lasting movement, founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, to create a world that is not dominated by those who are excluded but by those who are included. The biennial World Games are the flagship event of the Special Olympics Movement, and this summer, the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event will come to the world capital for media and entertainment.

At the end of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, there will be a closing ceremony for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games happening on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum located at 3911 South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, California.

** You can watch the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony at the following website addresses: **

– ESPN:

http://espn.go.com/watchespn/

** Live coverage starts at 6:00pm PT/ 7:00pm MT/ 8:00pm CT/ 9:00pm ET. **

ABC affiliate KABC Channel 7 will be showing the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony on television starting at 9:00pm PT on KABC Channel 7 or check your local listing for time and channel.

All 9 days of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN 2 bring coverage of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games to millions of fans around the globe.

** A complete television broadcast schedule list of dates and times for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games is at the following Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) website address: **

http://www.la2015.org/the-games/television-broadcast

** More information regarding the 2015 Special Olympics World Games is at the following Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) website address: **

http://www.la2015.org/

** More information regarding the 2015 Special Olympics World Games is also at the following ESPN website address: **

http://espn.go.com/extra/specialolympics/

** You can follow the 2015 Special Olympics World Games on social media at the following website addresses: **

– Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/LA2015

– Twitter:

https://twitter.com/la2015

@LA2015

#LA2015

#ReachUpLA

– Instagram:

https://instagram.com/la2015/

@LA2015

#LA2015

**** ZachNews welcomes all the athletes and their coaches as well as their families, their friends, and their loving and supporting fans to Los Angeles, California and to the United States of America, and wishes all of the athletes lots of good luck at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Never give up and always reach for the gold. ****

** Picture from Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) and Twitter: **

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