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a coach and volunteer guiding a special games participant

Special Games wants you to join in the fun and excitement! Now is the time to begin the initial preparations to be a part of the Annual LMU Special Games. Our new committee is looking forward to the upcoming year and we are looking forward to working with you.

We really hope your athlete will be able to participate in this year’s games. Unfortunately, due to the fact that we have a limited amount of athletes we can accommodate, we highly recommend that ALL pages of the Athlete Contract be completed and returned as soon as possible. In case of rain, all events will be held indoors.

 

  • What is Special Games?

    Established in 1977, Special games is a student-run organization. Special Games was founded as a day of celebration for the mentally and physically challenged in the Los Angeles community. 

    

  • Practice Day

    Prior to the actual “BIG DAY”, athletes from various agencies and the surrounding community will gather for a Saturday practice. Each athlete is paired with a coach and participates in a variety of events and games such as basketball, bowling, arts & crafts, and so much more! The athlete brings their own lunch

  • Big Day

    Special Games is open to adults and children with both physical and mental challenges. It is non-competitive and there is no cost for athletes. However, there are requests we must make: you will need to provide your own transportation for your athlete. Lunch is provided on Big Day. There will also be a medal and t-shirt awarded to every participant.

  • Coaches/Volunteers Roles and Responsibilities

    Coaches encourage and cheer on their assigned athlete while playing games, participating in activities, and while taking meal and rest breaks.

    Volunteers serve wherever needed in support of the days activities. Volunteers may serve food, clean-up, set-up, and help athletes.

    By signing up for Special Games, coaches/volunteers are committing to the following:

    • Attend a training workshop (these are held the week before Practice Day)
    • Attend Practice Day
    • Attend Big Day
    • Contribute to a fun, memorable experience for athletes and their supporters
  • Athlete FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I register?

    Fill out the athlete application. Applications are mailed to past participants. Contact the Special Games moderator at specialgames@lmu.edu or call 310.338.2959 to request an application. Applications are accepted between October and March.

    Where is the event held?

    Special Games is held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University. Practice Day is held on Alumni Mall. Big Day is held in Sunken Garden. 

    What can I expect on event days?

    Athletes will arrive and caregivers will check them in. Event coordinators will pair athletes with their coaches. On Practice Day athletes will enjoy games and activities. Athletes are responsible for bringing their own lunches on Practice Day. On Big Day, athletes will enjoy a parade, games and activities. Event coordinators will provide lunch, a t-shirt, and medal for each athlete on Big Day. At the end of Practice Day and Big Day, athletes are released to their caregivers.  

Contact Special Games

For any questions, contact: Dr. Lezlee Matthews, Special Games Moderator

Email: specialgames@lmu.edu

Phone: 310.338.2959