SLO cities to host Special Olympics athletes next summer

Several communities in San Luis Obispo County may join together to host some of the athletes participating in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles next summer.

The “host town” program is a three-day event that would take place from July 21-24 before the opening ceremony of the World Games.

Host towns would be responsible for the cost of housing delegations of 100 athletes, including lodging and food, as well as activities and practice facilities.

The county would be considered a single “host community.” Cal Poly has already agreed to provide housing, breakfasts, and practice facilities during the athletes’ stay, said Grover Beach City Manager Bob Perrault.

The Grover Beach City Council on Monday will consider whether to participate, Perrault said. Individual cities would be expected to assist in transportation and in hosting an activity for the athletes, such as a beach bonfire, he said in a report to the council.

More than 7,000 athletes are expected to participate in the Games, representing about 177 countries.