Newport Beach Hometown Special Olympics


Date(s) - 04/05/2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Newport Beach Civic Center
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660


The City of Newport Beach will host a Special Olympics area basketball tournament for the first time in the city’s history on April 28.  To kick-off the festivities, Special Olympics athletes, Newport Beach Recreation and Senior Services, Newport Beach police, fire, city council, local officials and community members will participate in the official Unity Torch Walk, Hometown Hero Hoop Shoot Challenge and BBQ on Thursday, April 5 from 6-9 pm at the Newport Beach Civic Center.

The evening will include live music, craft beer, fine wines and BBQ provided by Newport Rib Company. The Hoop Shoot Challenge will follow with police, fire, city council, local officials and community members partnering with Special Olympic athletes to battle it out on the court to see which team will be named Hometown Heroes for Newport Beach Hometown Special Olympics.

Participation in this special event starts at just $65 and money raised will support the year-round training and competition events for the over 539 Special Olympic athletes that call Newport Beach home.

“The City of Newport Beach Recreation and Senior Services Department is energized by all the opportunity that keeps unfolding as we build community partnerships to provide inclusive programs for those with special needs to lead fuller lives and connect with their peers,” said Laura Detweiler, Director, Recreation & Senior Services Department, City of Newport Beach.  “We were inspired by our involvement with Special Olympics World Games and are continuing to foster that relationship by co-hosting a Newport Beach Hometown Basketball Tournament.  Additionally, we have been working diligently this last year to lay the foundation for a well-rounded special needs recreation program and are excited to see it come to fruition. Together we can do amazing things!”

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Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries — and millions more volunteers and supporters. We are also a global and social movement.

Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. Please view the following video to see the full spectrum of our activities.