More than 2,500 developmentally disabled special athletes will celebrate their achievements on the playing field during the 30th annual CSUF Special Games-Kathleen E. Faley Memorial.
Supporting them in their efforts will be more than 4,000 high school and university volunteers, including members of Cal State Fullerton’s President’s Scholars, the Zeta Phi Rho fraternity and Volunteer Service Programs, as well as Cal State Los Angeles’ Pre-Law Society and Criminal Justice Student Association.
Friday, May 1
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton, athletics fields north of Titan Gym
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831
During the daylong program, youngsters will participate in various outdoor games, including a football throw, basketball hoop toss, soccer goal kicks, T-balls, bean bag toss, 50-yard fun dash, volleyball and Frisbee toss. They will be able to visit with Tuffy Titan and theme park characters and clowns, 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.
Volunteers help coordinate activities and interact with the special athletes. All 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 Jeannie DeSantis at 714-550-9155.
Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852