Goodwill of Orange County Faley Special Games, hosted at Cal State Fullerton
Kathleen E. & Jack Faley Memorial

is the largest event of its kind held in Orange County, CA.
A small CSUF school project has now grown to include thousands of developmentally disabled students of all disabilities from schools in Orange County who participate in a day of non-competitive games each year.

It is expected that 2,500 special athletes and over 4,000 volunteers will attend. Athletes will be paired with a high school volunteer buddy to make the day a rewarding experience! There is no charge for schools to attend. The CSUF Special Games is a grassroots effort with all donations going directly to support the event for the benefit of disabled children in Orange County.  See you on the field!

The CSUF Special Games Mission is….

• Dedicated to fostering social development and activity for developmentally disabled children through non-competitive sporting games and interaction with other challenged children.

• Committed to the endeavors of the special games and include local community schools.

• Founded on the principals of volunteerism and community spirit and provides a day filled with fun, joy, and safety for both the special athletes and the volunteers.

• Committed to maintaining a successful day of fun, friendship and non-competitive games.


goodwillGOODWILL OF ORANGE COUNTY JOINS FORCES WITH CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON FOR ANNUAL FALEY SPECIAL GAMES

FULLERTON, Calif. – April 29, 2016 – Goodwill of Orange County and California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) have teamed up to expand and continue the Cal State Fullerton Special Games, Kathleen E. & Jack Faley Memorial, Orange County’s largest non-competitive sporting event for athletes with developmental disabilities. The games will be renamed Goodwill of Orange County Faley Special Games. The event will be hosted at Cal State Fullerton.

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The Special Games changes lives- read how!

Goodwill of OC Faley Special Games
I actually work at RH Dana ENF and have been to the Fullerton games many years with the children from our school.  I have seen what a great day everyone has... I don't think anyone can participate and not be changed.

 

   
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Game Day Summary

The CSUF Special Games were once again a success- with lots of smiling athletes! The fields were filled with special athletes, volunteers, vendors, field marshals, etc…. All fields were jammed with kids! The track & field area had the 50 yard dash, soccer kick, volleyball with large blown up beach balls, bean bag toss, large parachute and the inner field had football toss, T-ball in four corners, soccer relay around cones, more soccer kicks, and basketball hoop shots. Many children were dancing to the band or getting balloons from the clowns. The kids really enjoyed petting the dogs from the Pet Prescriptions Team. Lunch was promptly served at 11AM and the opening ceremonies were conducted by Mr. Ed Arnold.

Again, a huge thank you to the FULLERTON COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM and Coaches for their Thursday (pre-game day) help setting up!!! They worked very hard in the hot afternoon sun to help us get the entire field, kitchen, games, etc.. prepared and set for Games Day!

2018 Game Day Statistics

Special Athletes: 2,151
Volunteers: 1,920
School Staff: 980
VIP’s/Guests: 250
TOTAL: 5,301

SAVE THE DATE

2019 GAME DAY

FRIDAY, MAY 3

THANK YOU SPECIAL SPONSORS


Wylie & Bette Aitken

Sato Family

Palkovic Family

Roosters Fdn.- John & Ginny Trapani

Dowd & Guild- Tom Dowd & Steve O'Donnell

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REQUIREMENT FOR INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS

NEW THIS YEAR- Due to new regulations, each person must be registered to volunteer through a school, campus group or organization in order to receive a badge and participate. Walk-on volunteers will no longer be allowed to participate.

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