Participants, Attendees Will Come from across Southern California and the Western U.S. to UCLA for the Event
LOS ANGELES, Calif. –The 4th annual Angel City Games, the leading adaptive sports festival in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, returns this year to UCLA from June 21-24. This year’s Games will offer numerous exciting elements, such as five Adaptive Sports Competitions, five amazing Sports Clinics, an Awards Gala (Thursday, June 21), Great Games Family Cookout (Friday, June 22), Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game (Saturday, June 23), and an expanded Fun Zone for kids.
Launched in 2015 and sanctioned by Adaptive Sports USA, Angel City Games is an annual celebration of adaptive and Paralympic sport and an inclusive competition open to athletes of all skill levels who have physical or visual impairments. These include, but are not limited to: amputation, spinal cord injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, blindness or visual impairment, TBI or head injury, stroke, muscular dystrophy, neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, limb difference, brachial plexus, and dwarfism or short stature.
The Games serve hundreds of adaptive athletes from across Southern California, in addition to myriad participants who travel from all over the country and abroad to join in each year. Participants include beginner to elite adults, military veterans, active-duty military personnel, and children.
"This special four-day event celebrates those with physical disabilities and gives them a platform to be active, connect with the community, and showcase their talents on the court, field, pool, or track," said Clayton Frech, founder of Angel City Sports. "In just a few years, we've built the Angel City Games into one of the country’s premiere adaptive sports events. We look forward to welcoming athletes from all over the world to celebrate adaptive sports and what's possible for anyone with a physical disability."
Tickets to attend ($10 suggested donation) are now available. Registration fees for athletes 17 and under who reside in one of Southern California's eight counties are FREE thanks to the LA84 Foundation. Registration fees for Veterans are FREE thanks to the Department of Veterans Affairs and Adaptive Sports USA. Registration for all other participants is open and fees are donation-based.
The schedule of events includes:
- Thursday, June 21
- Adaptive Sports Clinic & Competition, 9:00am-5:00pm
- Archery (Drake Stadium Field)
- Awards Gala
- Friday, June 22
- Parade of Athletes & Opening ceremonies, Bruin Walk & Drake Stadium, 1:00pm
- Adaptive Sports Clinics & Competitions, 9:00am-5:00pm
- Track & Field Clinic (Drake Stadium)Wheelchair Tennis Clinic (LA Tennis Center)Wheelchair Basketball Clinic & Tournament (John Wooden Center / Collins Court)
- Great Games Family Cookout, Drake Stadium, 5:00pm
- Saturday, June 23
- Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game, John Wooden Center / Collins Court, 6:00pm
- Adaptive Sports Clinics & Competitions, 9:00am-6:00pm
- Track & Field Competition (Drake Stadium)Wheelchair Tennis Tournament (LA Tennis Center)Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (John Wooden Center / Collins Court)Swimming Clinic (North Pool)
- Sunday, June 24
- Adaptive Sports Clinics & Competitions, 9:00am-4:00pm
- Track & Field Competition (Drake Stadium)Swimming Competition (SAC Pool)Wheelchair Tennis Tournament (LA Tennis Center)
About Angel City Sports
Angel City Sports provides year-round adaptive sports opportunities in Southern California for children, adults and veterans with physical differences and impairments. The non-profit organization is focused on encouraging physical activity for people with disabilities and advancing the adaptive sports movement regionally and nationally in collaboration with programs such as US Paralympics, Adaptive Sports USA, USA Volleyball, US Tennis Association and USA Track and Field. Debuting in 2015 and currently hosted at UCLA, the annual four-day Angel City Games features clinics and competition in adaptive sports and activities including track & field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, swimming and archery. Additional programs, clinics and events throughout the year cover an even wider range of adaptive sports and are open to people with physical differences. The organization also supports emerging school-based programs through adaptive sports equipment rental, coaching education and athlete training. To learn more, please visit www.angelcitysports.org.