Campaign features Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Legendary Music Producer Quincy Jones, Olympic Gold Medalists Oscar de la Hoya, Janet Evans and Peter Vidmar and 2016 Olympic Hopeful
Los Angeles, Calif. –February 6, 2007 – To build on the excitement and awareness of the Los Angeles 2016 Olympic bid, the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG) today launched a radio public service announcement (PSA) campaign featuring a diverse cross-section of Southern California elected officials, celebrities and athletes.
The radio PSA campaign includes a series of six English-language and two Spanish-language, 30-second PSAs. The PSAs are expected to air on select English-language and Spanish-language radio stations in Southern California beginning February 2007. The campaign features recordings by:
- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City of Los Angeles (English and Spanish versions)
- Quincy Jones, legendary music producer and 27-time GRAMMY Award winner
- Oscar de la Hoya, Olympic gold medal boxer (English and Spanish versions)
- Janet Evans, Olympic gold medal swimmer
- Peter Vidmar, Olympic gold medal gymnast
- “Mighty Mo” Orozco, 10-year-old boxing phenomenon and 2016 Olympic hopeful
“Growing up in Los Angeles, the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games were a huge inspiration to me for my career in boxing,” said Oscar De La Hoya, who earned the nickname “Golden Boy” by winning gold in Barcelona in 1992. “I’m proud to support the effort to bring the Games back to Los Angeles in 2016 and to help inspire the next generation of Olympic Champions.”
“Our incredible lineup of talented, dedicated individuals offering to be a part of the Los Angeles 2016 Olympic bid is very encouraging,” said Barry Sanders, chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. “Their support, combined with that of civic and business leaders throughout the region and state, and Angelenos themselves, spotlights a community that is ready, willing and eager to host the Games.”
Los Angeles and Chicago are the two U.S. cities remaining in competition to be the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) candidate to the International Olympic Committee to host the 2016 Games. SCCOG submitted its final plans to USOC on January 22. The USOC has announced that it will make a final decision on April 14.
About the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG)
Formed in 1939, the SCCOG is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the Olympic movement in Southern California. Since its inception, the SCCOG has bid for the Olympic Games on behalf of and in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles, garnering the award of the Games for 1984. Hailed world-wide for their near-flawless organization, the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles generated an operating surplus of $235 million (in 1984 dollars). Further information about the SCCOG can be found on their website at http://www.sccog.org.