One hundred Special Olympics athletes arrive July 21 for a four-day visit to Santa Barbara, one of 100 Host Towns in California, before competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25–August 2. The largest sporting event in Southern California since the 1984 Olympics, the 25-sport competition includes 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries.
The Santa Barbara delegations come from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and St. Kitts and Nevis. The athletes will stay at Westmont, use the college’s facilities for training, and tour Santa Barbara with a dinner dance at the Cabrillo Arts Center, trips to the Museum of Natural History and the Santa Barbara Zoo, and a barbecue on Leadbetter Beach. more