The Angel City Games is the premier adaptive sports festival in the Western United States, offering clinics, competitions and special events for people of all ages and skill levels who have a physical disability or mobility impairment.
The inaugural Angel City Games was held in June, 2015 at UCLA's Drake Stadium, with 125 athletes participating in Track & Field and Wheelchair Basketball. The event was designed to offer those who are new to adaptive sports the opportunity to learn in a clinic with experienced coaches, then participate in competition. At the first event, athletes ranged in age from 3 to 72, with several taking part in their first ever adaptive sports experience.
Within 4 years, the sports program was expanded to include Archery, Swimming and Wheelchair Tennis, and participation more than doubled with over 300 athletes attending in 2018. As the event enters its 5th year in 2019, Sitting Volleyball and Table Tennis have been added to create more opportunities for kids, adults and military veterans with physical disabilities to play sports.
The Angel City Games is a family friendly event with wide array of activities and special events throughout the week for all to enjoy. The goal is to celebrate the talents and strengths of adaptive athletes, and create a community of support and understanding around sports. People with physical disabilities can learn new skills from expert coaches, compete in sports they love, and everyone can be part of the experience to get a sense of what being an adaptive athlete is all about. Though Los Angeles is the host for the Angel City Games, participants in the past have traveled from all over the country and world to compete, learn and connect with others in the disability community.
US Paralympians who have attended the Angel City Games as coaches and/or competitors include:
Jerome Avery - Track and Field
Megan Blunk - Wheelchair Basketball
Sam Bosco - Cycling
David Brown - Track and Field
Candace Cable - Wheelchair Racing
Joe Chambers - Wheelchair Basketball
Breanna Clark - Track & Field
Allison Compton - Sitting Volleyball
David Eads - Wheelchair Tennis
Jeff Fabry - Archery
Rudy Garcia-Tolson - Swimming
Lorah Goodkind - Rowing
Sam Grewe - Track & Field
Lacey Henderson - Track & Field
Trooper Johnson - Wheelchair Basketball
Cody Jones - Track & Field
Angela Madsen - Track and Field
Gerard Moreno - Fencing
Brent Poppen - Wheelchair Tennis
John Register - Track & Field
Alma Rodriguez - Wheelchair Basketball
Mario Rodriguez - Fencing
Matt Scott - Wheelchair Basketball
Mike Shea - Snowboarding
Kaitlyn Verfuerth - Wheelchair Tennis
Mallory Weggeman - Swimming
Ahkeel Whitehead - Track & Field
Regas Woods - Track & Field
Media coverage for the Angel City Games has included segments on ESPN, Huffington Post, KABC-TV, KTLA-TV, and AM570 LA Sports Radio.
Over the past 4 years the Angel City Games has drawn the attention of Hollywood celebs, professional athletes, Olympians and Paralympians, who come to cheer on the athletes and participate in the annual Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game, including: actor Adam Sandler, actor Christian Bale, actress Donna D'Errico (Baywatch), actress Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), actor Rob Morrow (Northern Exposure), actor Kenny Johnson (The Shield), actor Jacob Bertrand (Kirby Buckets), actor Boyd Kestner (The Outsiders), Lisa Marie Varon (WWE), Toby Bailey (UCLA/NBA), Brendon Ayanbadejo (NFL / Baltimore Ravens), Tyus Edney (UCLA/NBA), Kris Kluwe (NFL).