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Steve Vanderpool, who helped organize two of the largest international sporting events held in the United States in recent years, and also worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Special Olympics, has lived on the bookends of the 110 Freeway nearly his entire life.

Steve helped launch Major League Soccer as the league's first director of public relations and then served as the lead press officer for the organizing committee of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament. He then spent eight years as operations director with STATS LLC, helping build the company's successful television sports research business that counts FOX Sports, NFL Network and CBS Sports among its clients.

More recently, Steve served as senior vice president for the Special Olympics World Games (LA2015), the single largest event held in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics. Before joining LA2015, Steven spent three years as chief communications officer with the second-largest chapter of Make-A-Wish and still serves as a wish-granting volunteer.

Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Idaho State and started his career working for the sports information offices of Boise State, Illinois and USC. He is currently overseeing advancement, communications and marketing for a private school.


Raised in San Pedro, Calif., he and his wife, Jennifer, live in Pasadena and have one son, Parker, and a cat, Keanu.

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