A press conference will be held today at the Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., where Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr., will officially announce Inglewood as a “Host Town” for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

As a Host Town, Inglewood will have an opportunity to come together and support these champions, as they demonstrate what true commitment and determination is all about. Inglewood will provide meals, accommodations and a variety of engaging special events and fun-filled activities for approximately 100 Special Olympics participants that showcase the local community from Tuesday, July 21 through Friday, July 24, 2015.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. Before the World Games begin on July 25, 2015, more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California through the Host Town program. One hundred communities will be selected as official Host Towns.

“The Host Town program is an exciting way for Southern California locals to open our doors and show the athletes and coaches from around the world our hospitality and our culture,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. “This is an important part of the World Games experience and a truly meaningful way for different communities to be part of the games and create lasting memories for our visiting athletes.”

The Host Town program has been an important element of Special Olympics World Games since 1995, and the experience has left a lasting impression on the local communities in Ireland, Japan, China, Greece, South Korea and the United States, all of which have previously organized Host Town programs as part of the Special Olympics World Games.

For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social media with #TheWorldisComing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.