In Just 100 Days, Solvang Welcomes Denmark Delegation Prior to Special Olympics + “Brag Tags” Announced

In Just 100 Days, Special Olympics Host Town Solvang Welcomes Denmark Delegation & Invites Community to Support Events with $1.00 “Brag Tags” at Local Businesses & Organizations

Solvang Special Olympics Host Town Brag Tag-Black Background.jpg CAPTION: New “Solvang Host Town Brag Tag” available for $1.00 donation at area businesses and organizations. Residents urged to contribute to support hosting Special Olympics athletes and coaches from Denmark in Solvang on July 21-24, 2015 before the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

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Solvang, California, USA— In just 100 days, before the Special Olympics World Games (SOWG) begin in Los Angeles on July 25, 2015, up to 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from up to 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California through the Host Town program. Host Town Solvang—known as “California’s Little Denmark” —is proud to welcome a delegation of 100 (65 athletes and their coaches) from Denmark July 21–24, 2015.

The all-volunteer Solvang Host Town Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is chaired by Solvang resident Carol Paaske. She remarked, “We are thrilled to host these Danish athletes and make them feel at home for a few days as they get ready to compete in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. We invite businesses, organizations and individuals to donate and to volunteer before and during the event. Now, it’s even easier to support this effort with Solvang Host Town Brag Tags.”

Solvang Host Town “Brag Tags” are available for $1.00 each donation at the following Santa Ynez Valley locations with more being added daily: Book Loft, CHOMP, First Bank, Gerda’s Iron Art Gifts, Kate’s Yogurt, Los Olivos Styling, New Frontiers Natural Marketplace, Nielsen’s Market, Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery, Pacific Western Bank, Paula’s Pancake House, Rabobank, Solvang Coffee Co., Solvang City Hall, Solvang Restaurant, Solvang Visitors Center, The Right Gift, Union Bank, Valley Hardware and Wandering Dog Wine Bar. All funds raised go to support the effort of providing lodging, food, transportation and activities for the Danish delegation athletes and coaches.

Solvang resident and community organizer Linda Johansen is serving as Fundraising Chair for the Host Town Solvang LOC. Johansen said, “We are actively raising money and in-kind donations to host 100 Special Olympic delegation members from Denmark for three nights lodging, all meals, and recreational and cultural activities. The Host Town Solvang LOC can accept cash, checks or credit cards as well as in-kind donations of services.” Interested individuals and organizations can send checks directly to City of Solvang (memo 2015 Special Olympics World Games: Host Town Solvang), 1644 Oak Street, Solvang, CA 93463 or go online to or email questions to

About the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)
With up to 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing up to 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2, 2015 - will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. Current Founding Champions and sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, OUE, Kaiser Permanente, Davis Elen Advertising, AEG, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, The Walt Disney Company, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit and on social with #TheWorldisComing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year.

Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics®, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Lions Clubs International, Mattel, P&G, Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, The Safeway Foundation, and Safilo Group. Visit Special Olympics at Engage with us on: twitter@specialolympics,,, and

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