3rd Annual Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game, LA


Affair: 3rd Annual Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game with the Angel City Games

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 6-8 PM

Hot Spot: John Wooden Center at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Deets: Angel City Games, the leading adaptive sports festival in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, returns this year with its 3rd annual event at UCLA over the June 22nd-25th weekend with the popular Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game taking place on June 24th from 6-8 PM at the John Wooden Center at UCLA.

The very popular celebrity wheelchair game has received local and national attention and drawn out big celebs such as Christian Bale, Adam Sandler and so many more as spectators and participants.

Past guest have included Previous participants in the Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game have included Adam Sandler, Kevin Sizemore, Brendon Ayanbadejo (UCLA, Superbowl winner, Ravens), Olympians Steve Lewis (3x Gold Medalist, Track),Tayyiba Haneef Park (2x Silver Medalist, Volleyball) and Tamari Miyashiro (Silver Medalist, Volleyball), UCLA legends & Former NBA Players Toby Bailey (NCAA Champion) and Tyus Edney (NCAA Champion) , Paralympians Trooper Johnson (4x Paralympian, 2x Bronze Medalist, Wheelchair Bball), Candace Cable (9x Paralympian, 13x Medalist, Various Sports), Rudy Garcia-Tolsen (4x paralympian, 5x Medalist, Swimming), as well as aspiring Paralympian and co-founder of Angel City Sports, Ezra Frech (14 national records).

This year’s Angel City Games will not only offer its best Celebrity Basketball Game yet, it will have its first-ever exciting new elements, such as five adaptive sports competitions, Charity FunRun & Roll, five amazing Sports Clinics, its first-ever Great Games Family Cookout Event, and an expanded Fun Zone for kids.

Angel City Games is an inclusive competition open to athletes of all skill levels who have physical or visual impairments. These include, but are not limited to: Amputation, spinal cord injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, blindness or visual impairment, TBI or head injury, stroke, muscular dystrophy, neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, limb difference, brachial plexus, dwarfism or short stature. Further, the venues at UCLA offer athletes a unique opportunity to compete and learn at world-class facilities, where they can participate in clinics to learn and hone their skills, then engage in competition to challenge themselves against other athletes.

"Our goal from day one has been to create a place where people with physical disabilities can be active, connect with the community and showcase what they can do at the court, field, pool or track," said Clayton Frech, founder of Angel City Sports. "In just 3 short years we've built the Angel City Games into a premiere adaptive sports event in SoCal and we look forward to welcoming athletes from all over the country to celebrate adaptive sports and what's possible for anyone with a physical disability."

The Angel City Games are sanctioned by Adaptive Sports USA. Registration for participation is open; Adaptive Sports Clinics are free, Adaptive Sports Competition fees vary per event. Tickets to attend ($5 suggested donation) are also now available.

In addition to the Celebrity wheelchair basketball game and five Paralympic-style sports clinics and competitions, there are tons of community-building activities for athletes and guests, as detailed in the schedule. Throughout the weekend, there will be a variety of events at the Main Stage Expo, including Opening Ceremonies, Live Bands and Singers, Live DJs, Kids Games, Special Events from Sponsors, Celebrity Appearances, and Exercise Classes taught by Orange Theory Fitness. There will also be a Fun Zone Experience area for kids.

Event sponsors to date include: Gold Level – UCLA Recreation, UCLA Adaptive Programs, Shamrock Capital Partners, and Looking Beyond; Silver Level - Foundation for Global Sports Development, SNOW Companies, Hanger Charitable Foundation, Capital Brand, LLC and Snap Inc.; Bronze Level - Hanger Clinic, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Doyle Law, Ossur, Ottobock, AM570 LA Sports Radio, Disabled Sports USA, Epson, Hyperice, Kerlan-Jobe Institute, Sport Court, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, LA2024, and Challenged Athletes Foundation.

For the Youth Council Fun Run & Roll, sponsors include Skechers and Orthopedic Institute for Children.

In-Kind / Event Partners include:

SixB Labels, Sports and Social Change, Triumph Foundation, MOMO Production & Event Rentals, Adaptive Sports USA, Ampla Partners, Tiffany J. Photography, Team Ezra, LA Bahar, Rocco's Tavern, LA Parent, Monsieur Marcel Market & Restaurant and Amplitude.

Who You May Spot: This year is proving to be even bigger with OVER 24 celebrities and athletes such as the 7’4 Stretch of the Harlem Globetrotters, actor Rob Morrow, actor Kenny Johnson, Disney Star Jacob Bertrand, Angel City co-founder Ezra Frech, NFL stars Josh Freeman, Kevin Kluwe, actor Boyd Kestner, WWE star Lisa Marie Varon, paralympian Alma Rodriguez, MMA fighter Mariano Mendoza, Power Ranger Najee Detiege, and SO many more. Special guest coaches will be Toby Bailey and Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets to the event will be $5 and can be purchased online or at the door www.angelcitygames.org

For more information visit http://www.angelcitygames.org and follow @angelcitysports on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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