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2015‬ Special Olympics World Games float wins Tournament of Roses Rose Parade’s Judges’ Special Trophy for “Outstanding Showmanship and Dramatic Impact”

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Kaiser Permanente Rose Parade Float honoring the Special Olympics. Image credit:  Cory Hansen / Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

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.


After being selected to ride, Northern Californian Ching was quoted by as saying, “I’m so excited.”  She was quoted by as saying, “I feel great and really happy.”


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!”


Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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