Bobby Lord (Webster, Texas), 34, is no stranger to the Special Olympics World Games. Later this month, he will make a third-consecutive appearance as a member of Special Olympics USA’ s Summer team.
Through his first two opportunities, he’s returned home with a medal of each kind; earning Gold and Silver in Powerlifting at the 2007 Games in Shanghai, and a Bronze medal in Kayaking back in 2011 when the World Games were held in Greece.
This time around, Lord will remain on the water, but will compete in Sailing, a sport he’s participated in for 11 years with Special Olympics Texas.
Leading up to the 2015 World Games, Lord has been working out about three days a week at his local YMCA and is attending sailing practices to get ready for the Games.
“He was very happy to be selected and has been hoping for three years for the opportunity,” his father Robert Lord said. “Bobby has always enjoyed family vacations in LA and now looks forward to sailing, meeting and trading pins with other athletes and just being in the area.”
Bobby has been involved with Special Olympics ever since his special needs teacher, Glenda Hart, signed up him up through SOTX about 27 years ago.
What: 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
When: July 25 – Opening Ceremonies
July 26 – August 1 – Competition
August 2 – Closing Ceremonies
Who: Special Olympics USA are the 300 athletes, 44 Unified Partners, 96 coaches and 41 management team members who will represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Total delegation is 481 members – the largest of the 2015 World Games.
Where: Los Angeles, California
About the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2, 2015 - will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world.
Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. Current Founding Champions and sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, Davis Elen Advertising, Microsoft, Toys“R”Us, Google, UPS, AEG, David Geffen, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, The Walt Disney Company, Panda Express, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Special Olympics USA Sports: Aquatics (36 athletes), Athletics (31 athletes), Basketball (1 traditional team, 2 Unified teams), Bocce (11 athletes, 3 Unified partners), Bowling (20 athletes, 3 Unified partners), Cycling (9 athletes), Equestrian (10 athletes), Golf (18 athletes, 9 Unified partners), Gymnastics (17 athletes), Kayaking (4 athletes), Powerlifting (12 athletes), Sailing (6 athletes, 3 Unified partners), Softball (3 traditional teams), Soccer (1 traditional team, 1 Unified team), Tennis (16 athletes, 1 Unified partner), Triathlon (4 athletes) and Volleyball (1 traditional team, 2 Unified teams). Total of 17 sports