Los Angeles, CA (July 10, 2015) — Special Needs Network, one of California’s most active advocacy nonprofits for people and families living with special needs, has joined Toyota and KJLH Radio to showcase the Special Olympics World Games coming to LA on July 25. The Special Olympics World Games is the largest sporting and humanitarian event for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The 2015 World Games will bring together 7,000 athletes, 3,000 coaches and more than half a million fans to witness 25 competitive events.
The three organizations, along with support from LA County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas and LA City Councilmember Curren Price, have a series of community outreach events targeted to South LA, as well as activities planned to support the World Games. Their collective tribute to the World Games will kick-off at a press conference and reception on Wednesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at the Los Angeles Expo Center Swim Stadium at 3980 Bill Robertson Lane – one of the original sites of the 1932 Summer Olympic Games. The groups will be using hashtag #SouthLAGotGame to promote the events through social media channels.
Ten special needs teens and young adult athletes will be named as Special Needs Network Delegates during the July 15 press conference and will join parents and other advocates in a 5K torch run led by Breanna Clark. Clark, one of the 10 teen delegates, was diagnosed with autism at age two. With the help of early intervention and support at school, home and from Special Needs Network, Breanna not only found herself as a high school student athlete at Dorsey High School but also a member of the school’s track team and choir. Following graduation, Breanna attended Pasadena City College where she became an award-winning track and field sprinter helping lead her team to a number of state championships. Breanna is currently preparing to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
During the press conference, Special Needs Network, Toyota and KJLH will also unveil their newly created “Special Needs Resource Guide”. The guide features 200 resources for individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities and is written in English and Spanish. For two weeks leading up to the World Games, 25,000 copies of the free guide will be distributed to South LA residents. Written by experts from Special Needs Network, the guide provides information focused on five key areas: health, education, housing, employment and recreation.
“Given that one in six children in the U.S. have a developmental delay and that there are more than 500,000 children in LA County with special health care needs, this guide is a critical tool for families, particularly those in underserved communities,” says Areva Martin, Esq., Special Needs Network’s president and co-founder. “We also know that in order for kids to become world-class athletes and to have an opportunity to participate in a sporting event like the World Games, they need lots of support. This awareness campaign and guide provide that support.”
“We know that knowledge is power and that’s why we wanted to create a tangible item that would assist individuals with disabilities live their best lives even after the festivities of the games,” says James Colon, vice president of African American Business Strategy for Toyota. Toyota is an official partner of the World Games and recently unveiled three public murals in LA to commemorate the World Games.
As a state leader for special needs advocacy, it is fitting that Special Needs Network would play such an active role in welcoming the World Games to LA but interestingly; KJLH Radio also has a special connection to the World Games. KJLH has been a staple in the LA radio community for 50 years and is owned by Stevie Wonder who will headline the opening ceremony at the World Games. First Lady Michelle Obama will join the Grammy-recording artist for the ceremonies.
“We are thrilled to partner with Toyota and Special Needs Network on such an important project,” says Karen Slade, KJLH’s vice president and general manager. “Empowering community is core to our mission.”
The press conference and rally are open to the public and will feature musical performances, and giveaways including a chance to win iPads and other prizes. For more information contact Juan Carlos Garcia at 323-291-7100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS NETWORK
Special Needs Network is based in Los Angeles and is California’s leading grassroots autism advocacy organization. As a nonprofit organization, SNN was established to help families faced with autism and other developmental disabilities. The organization focuses on raising public awareness, impacting public policy, increasing education and access to resources for families, children and adults.
ABOUT KJLH RADIO 102.3
KJLH Radio has been the voice for diverse communities of Southern California for 50 years. Playing the best urban contemporary music while providing news and events designed to inform, uplift and provide insight into the communities we serve. KJLH Radio strives to provide unique integrated marketing solutions constructed to deliver results and excellent customer service for our advertisers through our staff of experienced professionals. To learn more, visit www.kjlhradio.com.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, Toyota shares the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
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