In an email sent to members of the campus community today, UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh has asked Bruins to volunteer at the upcoming Special Olympics World Games:

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games is coming to Los Angeles from July 25 to Aug. 1, bringing with it eight days of inspiring competition. The World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world this year, and the single largest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games, with 7,000 athletes, 3,000 coaches and an anticipated 500,000 spectators expected to attend. Approximately 3,500 Special Olympics athletes and their delegates will reside in UCLA Housing and compete on our campus.

Volunteerism is at the heart of being a True Bruin. With that in mind, Chancellor Block and I encourage UCLA campus employees to consider volunteering to help support this exciting and worthwhile event. Employees who wish to volunteer their time for this historic event are encouraged to discuss their volunteering efforts with their supervisor and obtain approval for vacation leave, accrued compensatory time off or leave without pay, subject to meeting operational needs.

The campus is also coordinating a “Team UCLA” and “Fans in the Stands” campaign where groups can attend one of the daily competitions.

To register for the 2015 Special Olympics as a volunteer, visit the UCLA Volunteer Center website.  

UCLA is proud to be hosting the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, and the contribution of your time will make a difference in the lives of thousands of Special Olympics athletes. We look forward to your help and True Bruin spirit in making this event a great success for Los Angeles and UCLA. Please join us!

Sincerely,

Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Find information about the Special Olympics World Games in L.A. here.