5th Annual Angel City Games, Presented by The Hartford, to Feature New Competitions

California’s premier sporting event for people with physical disabilities
will occur June 20-23 at UCLA

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – April 17, 2019 – The 5th annual Angel City Games presented by The Hartford, the leading adaptive sports festival in California, returns to UCLA’s beautiful and iconic campus from June 20-23. This year’s Games will feature clinics and competitions in two new sports - Table Tennis and Sitting Volleyball – in addition to Track & Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Tennis, Archery, and Wheelchair Basketball; registration is now open at: https://www.angelcitygames.org/Athlete-Participation/Registration.

Sitting Volleyball, in association with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, will be the first and only sport at the Angel City Games that is open to anyone with or without a physical disability. The clinic on Sunday, June 23 will focus on fundamental skills and key sitting volleyball rules, as well as player movement and mobility. The competition on June 23 is open to anyone 14-years-old and up; participants are encouraged to register as individual athletes, so that teams can be assembled at the event, and to attend the same-day clinic prior to playing in the tournament. This will be a great opportunity to try a different take on the sport of volleyball.

In addition, the 2019 event will include a Table Tennis competition and clinic for instruction on a variety of technical and strategic table tennis skills, hosted by US Paralympian Jerry N. Davila-Castro. The rules governing Adaptive Table Tennis are comparable to those of its Olympic counterpart, with modifications for players using wheelchairs, crutches, or other assistive devices in service as well as in doubles competition. The same skills, quick technique, and finesse are apparent in the games of athletes from various disability groups.

"From new participants to elite athletes, these Games showcase the best and most inspirational aspects of adaptive sports,” said Clayton Frech, founder of Angel City Sports. “This year, we are especially excited to feature Table Tennis and Sitting Volleyball as new events and clinics.”

Angel City Games presented by The Hartford also has partnered with The Hartford, Skylight Foundation, and Hanger Charitable Foundation to provide adaptive athletes (individuals and teams) with travel grants to offset the costs of attending the Games in Los Angeles. Grant applications are due by April 19 and can be found at https://www.angelcitygames.org/Athlete-Participation/Travel-Grants.

The Games are 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. Participants include beginner to elite adults, military veterans, active-duty military personnel, and children.

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 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