After 5 years of growth, the annual event has become one of the nation’s premier sporting events for people with physical disabilities
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – August 20, 2019 – With its 5th annual event completing a successful weekend last June, the Angel City Games Presented by The Hartford is now one of the largest multisport adaptive competitions in the United States.
The success of the Games since its inception has resulted in significant and steady growth; this year: over 400 athletes participated (30% increase from 2018); over 500 volunteers supported the event; 33 Paralympians attended; 16 Paralympians participated as athletes; 36 veterans participated; 47 youth athletes qualified for Adaptive Sports USA Junior National Championships in 129 events; 36 U.S. states represented (90% increase from 2018); 4 countries represented (USA, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico); a 72-year age range (youngest athlete was 2-years-old & the oldest was 74-years-old); 117 Adaptive Track and Field USA National Records set; and 1 USA Swimming American Record set. The 2019 Games offered seven adaptive sports clinics and competitions (Track & Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Tennis, Archery, Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball, and Table Tennis).
"We are honored to be one of the largest adaptive sports competitions in the U.S.,” said Clayton Frech, founder of Angel City Sports. “These Games play such an important part in our community, and to experience this growth is both validating and motivating. The best is yet to come!”
The Games have grown beyond local grass-roots efforts and now attract athletes, participants, and volunteers from across the globe. Moreover, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has attended the Games the past two years, in additional to numerous celebrities, artists, and other noteworthy individuals.
“Los Angeles is a sports capital — and the Angel City Games builds on this tradition by bringing together participants, family members, volunteers, and adaptive sports fans,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “As Los Angeles prepares to welcome the world in 2028, Angel City Sports is nurturing future athletes and helping us write a new Paralympic legacy.”
Launched in 2015 and sanctioned by Adaptive Sports USA, Angel City Games presented by The Hartford 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. For more information visit and follow @angelcitysports on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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 http://www.angelcitysports.org