2015 Keynote Speaker
Patrick McClenahan accepted the role of President and CEO of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games after serving as the Chairman of the Los Angeles 2015 Bid Committee. The largest sports event since the 1984 Olympics, the World Games will feature 7,000 athletes from 177 countries. Supported by 3,000 coaches and 30,000 volunteers, they will compete in 25 sports over 9 days.
During the past 25 years, Patrick has established a reputation as a strategic, results-oriented leader serving in senior level media executive positions at Prime Ticket, Fox Sports, KCAL, and CBS.
Patrick has been honored with six Emmy’s for his work in sports television. He is also active in providing leadership in the community. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Southern California for 11 years. Patrick also serves in leadership roles on the boards of the Los Angeles Sports Council, LA 84 Foundation, and the Ukleja (you-clay-a) Center for Ethical Leadership.
A native of Los Angeles, Patrick is a University of Southern California alumnus. He and his wife, Karren, are the proud parents of Eric and Kelly. Kelly has Cerebral Palsy and is a key inspiration in Patrick’s desire to serve Special Olympics.