PLNU selected as Special Olympics World Games Host Town
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Point Loma Nazarene University recently announced that the community has been officially selected to participate in the Special Olympics World Games Host Town program from July 21-24. “PLNU has a strong and lasting relationship with Special Olympics Southern California - San Diego County,” said Erik Weber, Special Olympics athlete and PLNU alum. “The Annual Regional Track Meet has been hosted by the PLNU community for 22 years, providing invaluable support to athletes like me and a venue for the broader San Diego community to experience the mission of PLNU,” Weber said. With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games this summer 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. But before the games begin on July 25 in LA, the athletes representing countries from around the world will be welcomed to Southern California through the Host Town program. Up to 100 communities, including San Diego, will serve as official Host Towns. As a Host Town, PLNU will play host to a delegation of 100 athletes and their sponsors for three-days prior to the Special Olympics World Games. Through private fundraising, the university will provide housing, meals, and entertainment to the athletes while in San Diego. Michael Perry, founder and former CEO of San Diego Trust Bank and Dr. Jim Johnson, PLNU professor, School of Education and Department of Psychology, have been designated as co-chairs of the San Diego Host program. “We are thrilled to see so many communities eager to participate in this integral component of the World Games,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. “The Host Town program will not only create lasting memories for these athletes and coaches from around the world, but leave a lasting legacy for the communities who are opening their doors, hearts and minds to host these inspiring athletes," he added. The Host Town program has been an important element of Special Olympics World Games since 1995, and the experience has left a lasting impression on the local communities in Ireland, Japan, China, Greece, South Korea and the U.S., all of which have previously organized Host Town programs as part of the Special Olympics World Games. LA2015 is actively identifying potential Host Town candidates to be considered for the program. Communities are evaluated on the availability of lodging accommodations, sports practice facilities and recreation/entertainment offerings for the athletes, among other criteria. Host Towns are also responsible for planning activities for the athletes to introduce them to the community and help spread the word about the Games. PLNU, together with the San Diego community, joins the growing list of officially proclaimed Host Towns, which includes San Diego North County (Del Mar, Encinitas, and Solana Beach), Poway, South County (Coronado, Chula Vista, and National City), San Diego East County and Camarillo. Communities interested in serving as Host Towns can learn more by visiting the World Games website at www.LA2015.org/host-town.
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Woods, Mickelson at the fore in annual Farmers Open
by DAVE SCHWAB
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Whether or not you’re a golf fan, there are many reasons to go to the annual Farmers Insurance Open, running Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 5 through 8, at iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla. This year, the PGA Farmers tournament will include two of the sport’s biggest luminaries: San Diegan Phil Mickelson, a three-time tournament winner; and Tiger Woods, who has won the tournament six times, including four years in a row (2005-08). The cost to access the tournament ranges from $30 to $200. “Our most powerful impact on San Diego is 20 1/2 hours of live coverage and 31 million U.S. viewers,” said Peter Ripa, CEO of The Century Club, the 501(c)3 nonprofit that stages the annual event and associated festivities. The Open is one of the events circled on the calendar of the La Jolla Village Merchants Association, the Business Improvement District responsible for promoting all things La Jolla. “We have hung the banners for the Farmers Insurance Open up around the Village as our support to the tournament,” said association executive director Sheila Fortune. “We promote the tournament through our social media pages and website calendar. “We will promote our... businesses and their ‘specials’ during the tournament and encourage people attending the tournament to come in to the Village and shop and dine for the evening after play,” continued Fortune. “The local hotels and restaurants are usually booked during this week, and they reach out to those that visit them annually.” Some attractions not to miss for those who go to the Farmers Tourney: • The popular Fringe, an open-air, high-energy sports bar setting located on the 15th green. Perfect to entertain clients, meet up with friends and family and enjoy some conversation, a beverage and up-close views. • The Fan Village, behind the 15th green, adjacent to the 17th fairway and a few hundred feet from the 18th tee, the epicenter of action at the Farmers Insurance Open. • Fan Village Expo, a fan-friendly exposition where guests can try the latest golf equipment, learn more about vacation packages and more. • The Grove, a popular outdoor space where fans can relax and enjoy upgraded and expanded concessions, like the Grey Goose Lounge, Beringer Wine Bar and the Michelob Ultra Build-A-Bar, or catch some golf action in the bleachers on the par-3 8th hole. The tournament originally was noted for having singer-actor Andy Williams as a celebrity host from 1968 to 1988. It started as the San Diego Open in 1952 and went by that name through 1985. Title sponsors were added in 1981, with Farmers coming aboard in 2010. The event is organized by the The Century Club of San Diego. For more information, visit FarmersInsuranceOpen.com.
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Participants start the 1-mile kids run as part of the Friends of Pacific Beach Schools Schoolyard Dash at DeAnza Cove, Mission Bay on Sunday.
Participants start the 1-mile kids run as part of the Friends of Pacific Beach Schools Schoolyard Dash at DeAnza Cove, Mission Bay on Sunday.
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  • Participants start the 1-mile kids run as part of the Friends of Pacific Beach Schools Schoolyard Dash at DeAnza Cove, Mission Bay on Sunday.
    Participants start the 1-mile kids run as part of the Friends of Pacific Beach Schools Schoolyard Dash at DeAnza Cove, Mission Bay on Sunday.
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