Celebrating Team Canada and Canadian culture in L.A.
Thanks to the support of awesome partners, Special Olympics Team Canada brought Canadian culture into the heart of Los Angeles and the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
An inspiring celebration of Team Canada at the residence of the Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles helped kick off the Games experience on Monday, July 27. The team members gathered at the beautiful home of James Villeneuve and his wife Kim along with the amazing family members who travelled to L.A. to support, as well as representatives from strong Special Olympics Canada partners and celebrity fans who wanted to help cheer on Team Canada.
It was all about Canada on this fun celebratory evening, as the Consulate General staff staged a fantastic party to energize and support Special Olympics Team Canada. The team mingled with celebrity supporters including emcees Jamie Sale and Catriona Le May Doan, Special Olympics Team Canada Honorary Coach Mark Tewksbury, Craig Simpson, Lloyd Eisler and Kristy Swanson, and George Stroumboulopoulos.
The team enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate Canada and spend time with their families as well as the celebrities and representatives of the Special Olympics Canada partners who help make all of this possible, including the Government of Canada.
Golfer Kyle Grummett gave an inspiring speech on behalf of all the athletes, sharing the significant impact Special Olympics has had on his life and the great pride the team feels in wearing the maple leaf.
“It is such a great privilege to represent our great country Canada,” Grummett said in his speech, which energized the athletes and all attendees.
The evening ended with tunes by Jon Mullane capped by a rousing rendition of O Canada that was surely heard around the block!
Special Olympics Team Canada continued the celebration of Canuck traditions at their World Games residence, hosting a midweek gathering for all coaches with Tim Hortons coffee and maple cookies! Coaches from everywhere from New Zealand and Italy to Iran and Paraguay popped in to sample the Tim’s java and Canada-themed festivities.
One of the Kiwi coaches commented that the Tim Hortons coffee was the best he’d had during the trip, calling it “bloody good!” In addition to making great coffee, Tim Hortons was the proud uniform sponsor for Team Canada.
The members of Special Olympics Team Canada 2015 felt huge pride in wearing the maple leaf and representing their country at the World Games. Thanks to all the organizers who made possible these extra opportunities to share their Canadian pride!