In its ninth year, USC will host the Angel City Games from June 29 to July 2. The Games will consist of several events along with adaptive sports clinics and competitions.
Over 12 Paralympians and coaches will be attending to mentor para-athletes. This year’s Angel City Games flaunt clinics for 17 adaptive sports, including goalball, wheelchair basketball, blind soccer, para powerlifting, and sitting volleyball.
Angel City Sports CEO and co-founder Clayton Frech noted how the Angel City Games has been a catalyst to allow the organization to provide clinics, teams, and events throughout the year.
“I’m really proud of that because it’s one thing to throw a nice event for everybody but then it’s a whole other game to have different sports happening in different seasons and just increasing the availability of sports throughout the year,” Frech said.
Events on Friday include an Olympic and Paralympic day of celebration and the Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game. The celebrity game will feature five-time Paralympian Matt Scott along with actors, Olympians, and other pro athletes. LA28 will host the game.
In the past, Adam Sandler, Mekai Curtis, Kim Raver, Christian Bale, and Rob Schnieder have participated in the Celebrity basketball game.
“The blessing of the celebrity game is that we give our athletes an experience that they might not have again,” Frech said. “These are Hollywood celebs and folks you see on TV and the big screen and here they are at our events.”
Saturday features a Sports Resource Night and a community Fun Run and Roll fundraising event. The Resource Night is meant for participants to get more information and mentorship on different adaptive sports.
The community Fun Run and Roll fundraiser was created by the Angel City Sports Youth Leadership Council.
“It’s nice to see lots of kids from my school and other schools around Los Angeles come together, work on something like this,” Angel City Sports co-founder and Paralympian Ezra Frech said. “A lot of the kids on our youth council to really work hard at something like that is super meaningful a part of such a powerful event and the Fun Run and Roll is always a fun time.”
On Sunday, the Toddler Games will commence where children 1-5 can experience sports. The Hartford Experience Zone will act as a main hub for the Games throughout the weekend. That will house the sports clinics along with vendor booths and the main stage. The Hartford Experience Zone will be open on Thursday from 1:00-5:00P.M. and 10:00A.M.-4:00P.M. for the rest of the weekend.
Along with participants, Angel City Sports are looking for volunteers for the Games throughout the weekend. To register, volunteer or donate, please visit https://angelcitygames.org/