Yesterday in Pasadena, California, the 2015 Special Olympics Summer World Games float, created by Kaiser Permanente, won the Tournament of Roses Rose Parade’s Judges’ Special Trophy for “Outstanding Showmanship and Dramatic Impact”.
Jason Cheng, Stephanie Ching, Debi Anderson and Abby Reznek were among the people riding the float during the in the traditional New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Rose Parade.
Selection process for the upcoming World Games has already started. In late December, Special Olympics Tauranga announced that two athletes from the New Zealand region had been selected to compete at the Los Angeles hosted 2015 Summer Games, which officially July 25 and run until August 2. The athletes are Neil Oliphant, a ten-pin bowler, and Jeustene Noyer, a basketball player. Noyer was quoted as saying of her selection, “I have been working toward getting to the World Summer Games since I started Special Olympics New Zealand back in 1992. It has been one of my life goals!”