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ESPN to broadcast Special Olympics

ESPN will partner with LA2015 to broadcast the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

The two parties announced the agreement on Wednesday.

Per the agreement, ESPN will broadcast the Games' opening and closing ceremonies, daily competition, nightly highlights and other cultural activities.

"ESPN's legacy of work with Special Olympics and our shared values of athletes first, unity, competition and overcoming adversity among others, strengthen the foundation of these World Games as a global celebration of the courage, determination and joy of our athletes," LA2015 president and chief executive officer Patrick McClenahan said in a statement.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be the first held in the United States in 16 years. Los Angeles has previously hosted the Summer Olympic Games twice -- 1932 and 1984.

The Special Olympics, founded in 1968, offers "year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities," according to the organization's mission statement.