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CSUF Special Games-Kathleen E. Faley Memorial May 2

Disabled Students to Enjoy Outdoor Games, Cheers and More

April 16, 2014

Who/What:

More than 2,500 developmentally disabled students from throughout Orange County are expected to participate in the 29th annual Cal State Fullerton Special Games – Kathleen E. Faley Memorial, a daylong program for youngsters to participate in various outdoor games, romp with Tuffy Titan and theme park characters and clowns, see fire trucks an 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.

When:

Friday, May 2
8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Where:

Cal State Fullerton athletics fields north of Titan Gymnasium
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831

Activities:

Opening ceremonies kick off at 9:30 a.m. with master of ceremonies Ed Arnold, veteran Southland broadcaster.

Participants, assisted by more than 4,000 volunteers, will take part in such activities as football throw, basketball hoop toss, soccer goal kick, T-ball, beanbag toss, 50-yard fun dash and Frisbee toss.

Among this year's volunteers will be members of Cal State Fullerton's President's Scholars, the Sports Club Intercollegiate Council, and Volunteer and Service Center, as well as members of Cal State Los Angeles' Criminal Justice Student Association and Chapman University's Kappa Alpha Theta.

Volunteers:

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.

Background:

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.

Donations/Info:

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

Media Contact:

Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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