Special Olympics World Games: Southern California host cities announced

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

The host cities for the upcoming 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Southern California have been announced.

Delegates from around the world will spend three days and nights in communities across Southern California before they move into the athlete villages at University of Southern California, Los Angeles and University of California, Los Angeles.

The following communities are confirmed to host the delegates:

Alhambra: Germany (shared with Monterey Park and Lincoln Heights)

Anaheim: Canada (shared with Orange), Senegal

Arcadia: Kyrgyz Republic, Trinidad & Tobago

Azusa: South Africa (shared with Duarte and Glendora)

Bakersfield: Jordan, Kenya

Beverly Hills: Gibraltar, Monaco

Big Bear Lake: Chile, Luxembourg, Montenegro

Burbank: Botswana, Zimbabwe

Calabasas: Great Britain

Camarillo: New Zealand, Saudi Arabia

Carson: Dominica, Palestine, Turkmenistan

Cerritos: Slovenia, Turkey, Uruguay (shared with Lakewood)

Chatsworth: Serbia

Chino Valley (Chino and Chino Hills): Laos, Poland

Claremont: Bolivia, Curaao, Georgia Republic, Latvia

Corona: Iran, Slovakia

Costa Mesa: Aruba, Bahamas, Malawi

Downey: Ireland

Downtown Los Angeles: Algeria, Moldova, Colombia

Duarte: South Africa (shared with Azusa and Glendora)

El Segundo: Barbados, Uzbekistan, FYR Macedonia

Fountain Valley: Netherlands

Fullerton: Lebanon, Rwanda, Tunisia, Ukraine

Glendale: Armenia, Bonaire, Dominican Republic

Glendora: South Africa (shared with Azusa and Duarte)

Goleta: Bhutan, Panama, Qatar

Hacienda Heights: Belarus, Bosnia, Tanzania, Timor-Leste

Hawthorne: Estonia, Nigeria

Hermosa Beach: Belgium, Belize

Huntington Beach: Australia

Inglewood: Jamaica

Irvine: Korea

La Habra: Lithuania, Myanmar, Norway

La Jolla: Bharat (India)

La Mirada: Russia

La Verne: Pakistan, U.S. Virgin Islands

Laguna Hills: Cayman Islands, Syria (shared with Lake Forest)

Lake Forest: Cayman Islands, Syria (shared with Laguna Hills)

Lakewood: Slovenia, Turkey, Uruguay (shared with Cerritos)

Lincoln Heights: Germany (shared with Alhambra and Monterey Park)

Long Beach: China

Manhattan Beach: Hungary, Nepal

Mission Viejo: Indonesia, Spain

Monterey Park: Germany (sharing with Alhambra and Lincoln Heights)

Mountain Communities of Lake Arrowhead: Switzerland

Newport Beach: Mexico, Fiji

Northridge: Azerbaijan, Malta, Vietnam

Ontario: Iceland, Iraq, Seychelles

Orange: Canada (shared with Anaheim)

Oxnard: Afghanistan, American Samoa, Kosovo, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga

Palm Springs: Bahrain, Portugal

Palmdale: Cyprus, St. Lucia

Pasadena: Namibia, Singapore

Pomona: Isle of Man, Libya

Poway: Ecuador, Togo

Rancho Cucamonga: Cte d'Ivoire

Rancho Santa Fe: Brunei, Bulgaria, Uganda

Redlands: Austria, Liechtenstein

Redondo Beach: Benin, Haiti, Suriname

Reseda: Hellas (Greece) (shared with Tarzana and Woodland Hills)

Riverside: Sweden

San Diego Downtown: Albania, Burkina Faso, Finland, Mali

San Diego East County (El Cajon): Egypt, Hong Kong

San Diego Golden Triangle (La Jolla and University City): Costa Rica

San Diego North County (Del Mar, Encinitas and Solana Beach): Ghana, Swaziland, Thailand

San Diego South County (Chula Vista, Coronado and National City): Argentina, Puerto Rico

San Luis Obispo County (Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo): Bangladesh, Cambodia

San Pedro: Croatia, Kazakhstan

Santa Barbara: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, St. Kitts & Nevis

Santa Clarita: El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Malaysia, Philippines

Santa Maria: France, Mauritius, Republic of Congo

Santa Monica: Brazil, Romania

Santa Monica Mountains: Israel

Simi Valley: Peru, Serendib (Sri Lanka), Zambia

Solvang: Denmark

South Pasadena: Morocco, Paraguay

Studio City: Cuba, Czech Republic

Tarzana: Hellas (Greece) (shared with Reseda and Woodland Hills)

Thousand Oaks: Mongolia, San Marino, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tajikistan

West Covina: Nippon (Japan)

West Los Angeles: Italy

Whittier: Macau

Winnetka: Venezuela

Woodland Hills: Hellas (Greece) (shared with Reseda and Tarzana)