Participants & attendees came from across the country to California to participate in one of the largest multisport adaptive competition in the U.S.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – July 9, 2018 – The 5th annual Angel City Games presented by The Hartford, one of the largest multisport adaptive competition in the U.S., returned to UCLA’s beautiful and iconic campus from June 20-23 with resounding success. This year’s Games offered seven adaptive sports clinics and competitions (Track & Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Tennis, Archery, Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball, and Table Tennis) and featured many record-setting achievements.
U.S. Paralympic swimmer Mallory Weggemann broke an American record in the 50-yard Butterfly, which she previously set in 2010, by nearly a full second. She is currently training for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and gearing up for World Championships in London in September. Fourteen-year-old Ezra Frech, son of Angel City Sports founder Clayton Frech, broke his personal record in the High Jump and cleared a height that qualifies him for National Team Status and a shot at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. In addition, Catherine “Annie” Carey (Boise, ID) set national records in the High Jump and 200m. She will be representing team USA at the Junior World Championship in Switzerland this summer. Altogether, the 2019 Games, which featured more than 400 athletes and over 20 Paralympians, produced 117 Adaptive Track and Field USA National Records.
Further, the annual celebrity wheelchair game was once again a fun and exciting competition with celebrity players including Kim Raver (Actress, “Grey’s Anatomy”); Gabriel Luna (Actor, “Terminator: Dark Fate”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”); Joe Walker (Arizona Cardinals); and Kevin Sizemore (“Fear of the Walking Dead”). On the last day of the Games, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined the expanded Experience Zone, where attendees tried adaptive sports, and ran in the Angel City Youth Council Fun Run and Roll, which featured participants dressed as their favorite superheroes. Actor Christian Bale also came to show support at the Games on Sunday.
"Our event this year was perhaps our best, with records being broken, a huge spike in athlete participation, and athletes inspiring everyone in attendance,” said Clayton Frech, founder of Angel City Sports. “And with the support of The Hartford and Mayor Garcetti, the Games once again established the importance of giving these amazing individuals and teams a well-deserved stage and spotlight.”
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 http://www.angelcitygames.org and follow @angelcitysports on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
About Angel City Sports
Angel City Sports provides year-round adaptive sports opportunities for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities or visual impairment. As a US Paralympic Sport Club and chapter member of Adaptive Sports USA and Disabled Sports USA, the organization is focused on encouraging participation in sports and recreation activities for people with physical disabilities and advancing the Paralympic movement. Debuting in 2015, the annual Angel City Games, presented by The Hartford, is now one of the largest adaptive sports events in the United States, featuring clinics and competition in Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis, Swimming, Table Tennis, Sitting Volleyball and Archery. Additional programs, clinics and events throughout the year include an even wider range of adaptive sports such as Golf, Rowing, Kayaking, SCUBA, Triathlon and Skateboarding. The organization has an extensive equipment loaner program, providing sports wheelchairs and adaptive equipment to new and developing athletes, while also supporting emerging community recreation and school-based programs through curriculum development, coaching education and athlete training. To learn more, please visit http://www.angelcitysports.org and follow @angelcitysports on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.