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CSUF Special Games-Kathleen E. Faley Memorial May 3

Disabled Students to Enjoy Outdoor Games, Cheers and Music

April 23, 2013

A little boy in red shirt kicks a yellow soccer ball

A competitor kicks a ball toward a soccer net at a previous Special Games event at Cal State Fullerton.

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More than 2,500 developmentally disabled students from throughout Orange County are expected to participate in the 28th annual Cal State Fullerton Special Games – Kathleen E. Faley Memorial, a daylong program for youngsters to participate in various sporting games, visit with theme park characters, see fire trucks and police vehicles up close and enjoy live music. Every athlete is a winner destined for a blue ribbon, game-day certificate and commemorative T-shirt.


Friday, May 3
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Athletics fields north of Titan Gymnasium


The Cal State Fullerton Special Games-Kathleen Faley Memorial is the largest event of its kind in Orange County. Participants are welcomed by master of ceremonies Ed Arnold, host of "Real Orange" on PBS SoCal, and by volunteers, who cheer them on during athletic events and non-competitive games that include football and basketball tosses, soccer goal kicks, bean bag and Frisbee tosses and a 50-yard fun dash.


Pet Prescription Team, an agency that works to train and certify family pets for assisted therapy visits, is expected to bring 50 therapy dogs to the event to engage with the athletes. Retired guide dogs and guide dog pups-in-training also will be at the event.


Volunteers help coordinate activities and interact with the special athletes. All high school volunteers receive a community service certificate and a commemorative bracelet. For more details, visit the website.


The Special Games were launched in 1986 as a class project. Two years later, the games were dedicated to the memory of Kathleen E. Faley, a CSUF alumna who died in a car accident in 1987. She was the sister of event co-organizer Dan Faley and among the inaugural core group of Special Games volunteers. To this day, her family remains involved in the event's planning and organizing.


Additional information is available online or by calling Jack Faley at 714-357-2235 or Jeannie DeSantis at 714-550-9155.

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Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852 

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