POSTED: March 28th 2017

LA 2024 reaffirms commitment to delivering the most inclusive Games to ever be held

CicLAvia and LA 2024 host the Abilities Expo © LA 2024
CicLAvia and LA 2024 host the Abilities Expo © LA 2024

LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti and LA 2024 Vice Chair, Candace Cable attend the Abilities Expo © LA 2024
LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti and LA 2024 Vice Chair, Candace Cable attend the Abilities Expo © LA 2024

LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti enjoying CicLAvia © LA 2024
LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti enjoying CicLAvia © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Los Angeles (LA) 2024's commitment to delivering the "most inclusive Games in history," was reaffirmed during the Abilities Expo and CicLAvia held in the City of Angels. LA 2024 Vice Chair and nine-time Paralympian, Candace Cable took part in the events and praised the city's wealth of existing facilities with state-of-the-art accessibility standards, along with its global status as one of the most accessible large cities in the world.

The Abilities Expo was founded approximately 40 years ago and is the go-to event for the community of people with impairment, their families, veterans, healthcare professionals, and seniors. The Expo is the perfect chance to uncover new opportunities, technologies, and solutions to enhance daily experiences with sport, work, and more.

LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti and Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Disability, Steve Simon joined Cable in addressing thousands of Expo attendees citing that LA 2024 had the potential to create new career and sporting opportunities for the community of people with impairment.

In addition, LA 2024 joined CicLAvia to host a "Culver City Meets Venice," event. CicLAvia is the largest open streets celebration in the United States. The streets were closed to cars and converted into plazas that were filled with Angelenos, families, and children. The festival was focused on ensuring that it was accessible to all participants. The event was filled with art, music, and food for all to enjoy. All event hubs were ADA compliant, including restroom and water fountain locations throughout the six-mile long route. Also, extra volunteers were on hand in critical locations to assist participants.

"The Olympic and Paralympic Movement have the power to bring our communities together, celebrate our common humanity and promote peace and understanding through sport. More than a million people with an impairment live in Los Angeles, and this weekend's Abilities Expo and CicLAvia events reminded us that not only are Angelenos already passionate and committed to building a city that serves all of its residents but that LA is poised to deliver the most inclusive Games in history," expressed Cable.

Furthermore, young athletes from "Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word," which is an organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for girls and women to earn recognition and participate in action sports, joined the festivities. Also, a stunning "Follow the Sun," mural was painted by artists from the Setting the Pace Foundation (STP L.A.). The mural was painted on the iconic public art wall at Venice Beach.  

Cable concluded, "Further, as the global hub of entertainment and technology, LA is uniquely positioned to raise the profile of Paralympic sport in the US and around the globe. LA 2024 would relish the opportunity to put Angelenos' creative storytellers at the service of the Paralympic Movement, to introduce adaptive sport to the next generation of fans and athletes."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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