Photo courtesy of the Special Olympics
Photo courtesy of the Special Olympics

Patrick McClenahan, who oversaw last summer’s 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, was named Wednesday the Sports Executive of the Year by the L.A. Sports Council.

More than 6,000 athletes competed in the games, with nearly 250,000 spectators attending the various competitions and the opening and closing ceremonies.

In addition to serving as president of LA 2015, he also played a key role in attracting sponsors, organizing staff and volunteers and negotiating a broadcast agreement with ESPN.

“McClenahan made it the mission of LA 2015 to create awareness that leads to acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities,” according to the Sports Council. “Through the power of sport, the Special Olympics World Games succeeded in transforming the lives of the Special Olympics athletes as well as the hearts and minds of all who witnessed their courage, determination and joy.”

McClenahan will be honored during the 11th annual LA Sports Awards ceremony Feb. 25 at the Beverly Hilton.

—City News Service

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