Credit: Eddie WolflStevie Wonder is part of the star-studded lineup for the opening ceremony of this year’s Special Olympics World Games, taking place next month in Los Angeles. Also taking the stage at the event will be veteran R&B singer/songwriter Siedah Garrett, as well as pop stars Avril Lavigne, Cody Simpson and Nicole Scherzinger.

“I am touched to be a part of this celebration of determination, courage, joy and skill,” Wonder says. “Throughout my own journey of overcoming the odds, it’s truly an inspiring moment to join these incredible athletes as they come to Los Angeles to compete and accomplish so many victories.”

The Special Olympics World Games opening ceremony also will feature appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and Glee actress Lauren Potter, who has Down syndrome.

The event will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, July 25, and will air on ESPN. Nearly 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 3,000 coaches representing 170 countries will be welcomed.

The World Games, featuring 25 Olympic-style sports, run for nine days, from July 25 to August 2. The competitions are free to attend, but you can purchase tickets to the opening ceremony at

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