The Angel City Games help hundreds of athletes with disabilities get into the game.
They take place annually in Los Angeles, bringing together nearly 300 parasport athletes from 19 states and three countries, as well as 400 volunteers, for four days of athletic competition.
“No matter what your sport, no matter where you live, no matter what your background is, get involved. And I think we love sports not only for the competition and the great teams we have, but just for what it does for us as people,” explained Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. Learning lessons about character, learning how to interact and have social skills for kids. And also overcoming the challenges that we all face in life, sports is a place where that plays out.”
The games are open to kids, adults, and military veterans, ages two to 73. Competitions are held in multiple different sports, including archery, track and field, swimming, wheelchair tennis, and wheelchair basketball. In addition to competitions, they also offer introductory clinics in each sport, led by Paralympic and Olympic-level athletes and coaches. The organization also works year-round to provide sports opportunities for kids, adults, and vets in Southern California. The city of LA will also host the Paralympics in 2028.