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Special Olympics World Games Start As Burbank Says Goodbye To Our Foreign Athletes

Burbank has been a Host Town and home to Sister City Special Olympiads from Botswana and Zimbabwe this past week and on Friday there was a special Burbank FAN-tastic Farewell as our guests departed Woodbury University, their home for the last couple of days.

(Photo by © Deborah Dodge)

(Photo by © Deborah Dodge)

Several hundred fans, friends and Burbank supporters were on hand to wish the Olympiads good luck as they compete in the Special Olympics World Games this week.

Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos along with his fellow City Councilmembers were on hand to greet and say good-bye and good luck.

(Photo by © Deborah Dodge)

(Photo by © Deborah Dodge)

City Manager Mark Scott addressed the audience and appeared on stage with Warner Bros. Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny who came out to wish the athletes well. The local athletes will be among 7,000 athletes competing this week. The guest athletes got to see the home of Warner Brothers days earlier, followed by a special tour of the home of Walt Disney.

Members of the Zimbabwe team will be competing in golf which can be seen in Griffith Park during the week while other team members will be competing in sports such as track & field and soccer.

(Photo by © Deborah Dodge)

(Photo by © Deborah Dodge)

The Los Angeles Equestrian Center will be host to several equestrian events this week and all events are free.

The athletes deserve everyone’s support. They have accomplished plenty and will show the world how sports can change everything for the better.

 

 

Special Starlight Bowl Concert Entertained Thousands With Olympiads

The Special Olympics delegation visiting Burbank from Botswana and Zimbabwe had another action packed fun filled day from their Burbank hosts.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries joined by Jeff Worthe President of Worthe Real Estate Group who brought the concert to Starlight Bowl FREE the community and Special Olympic athletes. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Starting off the morning with breakfast at the Canyon Grille at DeBell, the athletes got to enjoy some practice on the putting green before having to load the buses for their daily workout at the Y.M.C.A.

The delegation headed to Disney Studios where they received a tour and found out that Disneyland was created by Walt Disney whose offices were right there on the lot in Burbank. After tours and pictures it was time to load the buses, head home and get ready for a concert at the Starlight Bowl.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The athletes enjoyed dinner with Burbank’s elected officials served by the Worthe Real Estate Group employees before a concert by famed musicians Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries. The concert was free to the public as a gift from the Worthe Real Estate Group. The companies President Jeff Worthe was on hand to greet the athletes and help present medals.

Before the concert began, every athlete received a special medal presented to them from City Council members.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Coronaries entertained the crowd with countless oldies that their so well known for. At one time they started a conga line that went up the aisles and down before the group returned to the stage for several additional numbers.

Special to the guests in attendance was a dance from the Botswana delegation.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Mayor Bob Frutos is joined on the dance floor by his wife Laura Frutos. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

 

 

 

 

Burbank Hosts Special Olympics World Games Participants

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The 2015 Special Olympics World Games begin in Los Angeles on July 25 and Burbank will serve as a host town for athletes from Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Come on out and show your support for what promises to be a great experience for our city and the athletes participating!

The City of Burbank provided the following information:

More than 80 people comprising delegations from Botswana and Zimbabwe will arrive in Burbank for a three night stay as they prepare to compete in the largest sporting event in Los Angeles since the 1984 International Olympic Games.

Opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles will take place Saturday, July 25, 2015, kicking off nine days of competition featuring more than 7,000 athletes from as many as 177 countries.

Burbank is one of nearly 100 communities from San Diego to San Luis Obispo that has volunteered to serve as a Host Town from Tuesday, July 21 to Friday, July 24 to help the athletes acclimate to Southern California prior to the start of the World Games.

Businesses and community members have generously volunteered to host a number of private events during the athletes stay in the “Media Capital of the World,” including stops at DeBell Golf Club, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., and the Burbank Water and Power Eco-Campus. While those events are private, there are three events in which the general public is encouraged to participate.

Here is a list of events beginning on Wednesday at 9 a.m. at City Hall with the arrival of the Special Olympics Torch-

http://www.burbankca.gov/what-s-new/special-olympics-world-games-2015

http://www.burbankca.gov/Home/Components/News/News/2105/25?backlist=%2f