About Special Games

a coach and volunteer guiding a special games participant

Special Games is a student-run organization that was first established in 1977. Students plan and participate in a 2-day event to celebrate and brings together members of the Los Angeles community who face intellectual and physical challenges. The goal of this 2-day event is to foster love, create new friendships, and make life-long memories. Our participants celebrate in non-competitive fun activities. 

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

  • Saturday, March 11, 2023


    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.

  • Saturday, March 18, 2023 


    Special Games is open to adults and children with disabilities. 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 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

    How do I volunteer?

    Fill out the coaches/volunteer application. Applications will be available on LEO. Applications will be due by Friday, February 17. Should you have any questions regarding the application, please contact the Special Games team.

  • How do I register?

    Fill out the athlete application. Applications are sent via email to past participants and corresponding agencies. Applications are due Friday, February 17. Please contact the Special Games team for any questions.

    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, please contact the Special Games team.