The Special Olympics World Games are coming to Los Angeles this summer, and Cal Poly Pomona is a part of the team.
The university, along with the cities of Pomona, Chino and Chino Hills, will host four delegations consisting of athletes from Laos, Poland, Libya and the Isle of Man from July 21-24.
Visitors will stay in on-campus housing in the days leading up to the Special Olympics World Games. Event coordinators are seeking volunteers to help with the opening and closing ceremonies at the university.
Organizers anticipate the Special Olympics World Games will draw 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, as well as 30,000 volunteers and 500,000 spectators, when it takes place from July 25 to Aug. 2. It is expected to be the largest sporting event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics and the biggest sports and humanitarian event in the world this year.
Volunteers are needed to help welcome the delegation to Cal Poly Pomona on July 21, as well as to cheer on the athletes in a closing ceremony before they leave on July 24 for the World Games. Organizers also need volunteers to help guide the athletes around campus.