Alhambra City Council approved Monday the city's participation in the 2015 Special Olympics "Host Town" program. Alhambra will help provide recreation, entertainment, and cultural and social activities to 100 Special Olympics delegates from Taiwan as part of a pre-games celebration.
“I’m really excited about having the Special Olympics so close here," said Alhambra Mayor Gary Yamauchi during the council meeting. "It’s something that I’ve always thought that we could participate in.”
Cal State Los Angeles will house the 70 athletes and 30 coaches while Alhambra will act as host city, said Host Town Program Director Dawn O'Leary. Monterey Park is also expected to participate. Delegates will spend the first day of the celebration in Alhambra, the second in Monterey Park, and the third traveling to the games, said Alhambra City Manager Mary Swink.
Special Olympics World Games organizers invited city staff and local business leaders to participate, said Alhambra Program Coordinator Paolo Kespradit. Staff members are working with the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce and volunteer association Alhambra Community Coordinating Council to plan activities, which may include a welcome barbecue, according to Swink.
“It’s really up to the committee to figure out what that’s going to be," she said. "We’ve kicked around maybe a picnic at the park with a band, maybe a small fireworks show at the very end to kind of show an American kind of picnic barbecue."
More than 7,000 athletes will participate in the 2015 Special Olympics, which will take place July 25 – Aug. 2 in L.A. Alhambra is currently one of 52 Southern California cities participating in the host town program, according to O’Leary.
Weren't able to attend the meeting? You can watch it here . City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month on the second floor of City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The next regular meeting will be on Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m.