LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - June 24, 2015) - Today, the Games Organizing Committee for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015), and medical device innovator OxySure Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: OXYS) ("OxySure") announced that OxySure has become a Champion Partner of the Special Olympics World Games, set to take place July 25-Aug. 2 in Los Angeles.
OxySure will provide support to the medical operations of the Games to help cover any possible medical emergency needs during the nine days of competition, involving 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries, plus an estimated 500,000 spectators. OxySure will also serve as the supplier of emergency oxygen, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), oxygen pulse oximeters and other medical emergency equipment and services.
In its role as a Champion of the World Games, OxySure will support World Games participants and attendees, providing AEDs, OxySure Model 615 units, OxySure Thermal Bags, and OxySure Pulse Oximeters to the 27 Venues, Fields of Play, Spectator First Aid tents and overnight nursing staff. Coverage will include sports venues, where medical care will be provided by medical teams consisting of sports medicine physicians, nurses, EMTs, athletic trainers, and so forth.
"OxySure is a company that shares our commitment to health, diversity and community," said John Ohanesian, Senior Vice President of Medical Services for the LA2015 Games Organizing Committee. "We are delighted to have the OxySure product in the Games, and together with their AEDs integrated with our medical operations infrastructure, we hope that this will be the safest World Games in history."
"We are proud to be a Champion of the World Games and to provide our support to an organization that is dedicated to providing people with intellectual disabilities with opportunities to be healthy, to display courage, to build self-confidence, to experience joy, and to be accepted and included as valued members of their communities around the world," said Julian T. Ross, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OxySure. "We are excited to play our part in such an important event by working with the Games Medical Operations team, as well as partners such as USC, UCLA, Kaiser Permanente, and the Los Angeles Fire Department in contributing to the safety and health of the athletes, coaches, volunteers and attendees throughout the Games."
Two-time Olympian Cliff Meidl, OxySure's global spokesperson, will join Julian Ross in providing media interviews, inspirational presentations and taped video segments about the health & safety side of the World Games. Meidl has a special relationship with CPR, oxygen and AED units. His life was saved when he was just 20 years old and working on a construction site in Los Angeles. Firefighters quickly responded and found him in cardiac arrest. They administered CPR, oxygen and AED resuscitation and brought him back to life.
According to Meidl, "Becoming involved in this capacity is exciting and especially meaningful for me and for OxySure Systems. I have been involved with Special Olympics dating back to 2000 after my second Olympic Games in Sydney."
The World Games will feature 25 Olympic-style sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Half Marathon, Handball, Judo, Kayaking, Open Water Swimming, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball. These Games will showcase the unlimited potential of people with intellectual disabilities - the largest disability population in the world.
The Opening Ceremony will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, July 25, and will be televised to a worldwide audience by ESPN. To learn more, visit www.LA2015.org. For volunteer information, including becoming a Fan in the Stands, visit http://www.LA2015.org/volunteer.
Throughout the nine days of inspiring competition, the 2015 World Games will offer many festive, educational and engaging programs for athletes, guests, families and fans. Special Olympics Programs that will be offered during the World Games include: Awards Ceremonies, Festivals & Entertainment, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® program, Law Enforcement Torch Run®Final Leg for Special Olympics, Motor Activity Training Program, Unified Sports Experiences and the Young Athletes Program. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the Special Olympics Movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle, in which officers and athletes run the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremony of local Special Olympics competitions as well as State, National and World Games. The Flame of Hope was lit from the rays of the sun in Greece, the home of the Olympic Games, and traveled across the sea to the United States where it is currently on its journey to communities throughout the country and Southern California, ending at the Opening Ceremony in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 25th.
ESPN, the official Broadcast Partner of the World Games, will provide coverage of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The Opening Ceremony for the Games will be headlined by a star-studded lineup of performers including Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, Nicole Scherzinger, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, J Balvin & Becky G, and Reach Up LA theme song creator Siedah Garrett. The show will be directed by Emmy Award Winner, Debbie Allen and produced by FiveCurrents with appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Lauren Potter, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, Greg Louganis, Stephanie McMahon and many more. More than 60,000 fans including Royalty, Heads of State and Government, and other distinguished personalities is expected to cheer on the athletes inside the Coliseum, while a global audience can watch the coverage provided by ESPN. ESPN is airing the Opening Ceremony around the world in multiple languages.
About the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)
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 - 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, Kaiser Permanente, OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Davis Elen Advertising, Microsoft, Toys"R"Us, The Walt Disney Company, Google, UPS, Herbalife Nutrition, Los Angeles Times, AMC Theaters, La Opinión, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, WWE, AEG, Annenberg Foundation, David Geffen, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Panda Express, 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 LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA 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 4.5 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, Microsoft, Lions Clubs International, Toys"R"Us, 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 www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics, fb.com/specialolympics, youtube.com/specialolympicshq, instagram.com/specialolympics and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.
About OxySure Systems, Inc.
OxySure Systems, Inc. (OXYS) is a medical technology company that focuses on the design, manufacture and distribution of specialty respiratory and medical solutions. The company pioneered a safe and easy to use solution to produce medically pure (USP) oxygen from inert powders. The company owns numerous issued patents and patents pending on this technology which makes the provision of emergency oxygen safer, more accessible and easier to use than traditional oxygen provision systems. OxySure's products improve access to emergency oxygen that affects the survival, recovery and safety of individuals in several areas of need: (1) Public and private places and settings where medical emergencies can occur; (2) Individuals at risk for cardiac, respiratory or general medical distress needing immediate help prior to emergency medical care arrival; and (3) Those requiring immediate protection and escape from exposure situations or oxygen-deficient situations in industrial, mining, military, or other "Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health" (IDLH) environments. www.OxySure.com
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