POSTED: July 12th 2016

LA 2024: Paralympic sport celebrated with second annual Angel City Games

Angel City Games featured participants off all ages and ability level © LA 2024
Angel City Games featured participants off all ages and ability level © LA 2024

Hollywood star, Adam Sandler takes photo with fellow participant © LA 2024
Hollywood star, Adam Sandler takes photo with fellow participant © LA 2024

Paralympic-style track and field competition © LA 2024
Paralympic-style track and field competition © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The organizers of the second annual Angel City Games received congratulations from LA 2024 after successfully hosting the four-day event. Southern California's celebration of adaptive sport was held at UCLA's Drake Stadium and featured adaptive sports competitions and clinics for adults, veterans, children, and active-duty military personnel with physical impairments.

"I am grateful to see the tremendous support for the 2nd Annual Angel City Games, and I was thrilled to see how much our event has grown in only two years. My hometown, the City of Angels, with its diversity and openness to new ideas, is the perfect place to celebrate adaptive sports and the amazing athletes who really are the heart and soul of any competition. It is my dream to compete in the 2024 Paralympic Games and I get excited imagining LA hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024. I think the Angel City Games proves that LA would host an incredible Olympic and Paralympic Games. This year athletes came from all over the country to enjoy our perfect weather, cheering fans, and amazing facilities at UCLA. It was awesome!," expressed Athlete and Founder of the Angel City Games, Ezra Frech.

Over 250 volunteers registered to support the Angel City Games and it drew more than 225 athletes. Olympic and Paralympic level coaches led the first two days of adaptive clinics focused on introducing new athletes to kayaking, soccer, swimming, badminton, track and field, wheelchair basketball, and archery. Then the final days were the Paralympic-style track and field competition, which was sanctioned by Adaptive Sports USA and USA Track and Field, allowing all results for youth athletes for the National Junior Disability Championship. The Angel City Games also hosted a celebrity wheelchair basketball game featuring, Hollywood star Adam Sandler.  

In addition, the keynote speech at the sponsor reception was delivered by LA 2024 CEO, Gene Sykes. He saluted Angel City Sports' work as, "crucial not only for developing elite level athletes but also ensuring access to sport at the grassroots level." Sykes drew attention to LA 2024's deep commitment to planning and hosting the most successful Paralympic Games.  

LA 2024 Vice Chair and twelve-time Paralympic medalist, Candace Cable stated, "It was my great honor to attend the Angel City Games and I extend my warm congratulations to the Angel City Sports team for putting on a tremendous celebration of adaptive sport and competition. I would also like to thank the Angel City Sports team for their deep commitment to adaptive sports participation, and for raising awareness about the important issue of accessibility to sports for all athletes across Southern California. I am so excited, but not at all surprised, that the Angel City Games were such a resounding success for the second year in a row. From our world-class infrastructure to Angelenos' infectious passion for sport and competition, Los Angeles is a city that lives and breathes sport. The Angel City Games really gave us a taste of what is possible should Los Angeles be awarded the honor of hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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