Welcome to the Connecticut Elks Association Special Olympics Committee Page

Let me WIN. But if I cannot win,

let me be BRAVE in the attempt.

- Special Olympics Oath


Special Olympics Committee

Frank DeFazio PDD

State Chairman

Carl Gorman PER

Central District

Carl Stevens

Coastal District

Melvin Rivera

East District

Philip Roy

Northwest District

IMPORTANT NEWS:  the volleyball tournament will be Saturday only!  Masks will be required for this event!

The Connecticut Elks Association is a proud sponsor of the annual Connecticut Special Olympics Volleyball Tournament held each November, providing financial and volunteer support.  We also sponsor a Soccer Skills event at the State Summer Games each summer. To volunteer, contact your District Chairperson above.  See below for photos and stories from the past year's events.

The Special Olympic Volley Ball Event is back again. The event will be held at the Hamden Hall Athletic Center (125 Skiff Street, Hamden, Ct 06514). The dates are Nov. 20th (Sat) and Nov. 21st (Sun.). The first weekend before Thanksgiving.       

Registration, for ELKS,  will be at 7:30 am on both days. Opening ceremony will be held 9:00 am SHARP on Sat. morning The teams that are playing, (Sat or Sun.) will be given their medals at the completion of their games. 

So far there are no restrictions on attendance for the games. We will have to wait for November to see how the State of Ct and the Special Olympics of Ct. treat the Ct. Covid Virus laws. As always we will need volunteers for the games to make this  another great event for the participants. The special Olympics of Ct. and the players are waiting for us to help them with their event, so lets not let them down. God Bless the participants and the games.

Signup for the Volleyball Tournament here!

Special Olympics YouTube Channel

Speical Olympics CT Facebook Page




Take a look at this 2019 Summer Games recap, a great presentation put together by the Connecticut Special Olympics!  


Click here for the 2018 recap from the 2018 Volleyball event


Connecticut Elks and Speical Olympics Join Forces

In late April, the Special Olympics of CT came a’knockin’ and the CEA ran to answer the door! The SOCT was in need of a group to take over sponsoring the Soccer Skills event at the State Summer Games and they looked for the help of the Elks. The SOCT also asked if the CEA could integrate the Elks Soccer Shoot program in to the skills event and we readily agreed. So over the weekend of June 9 & 10, The CEA ran the Skills event with great success! We add-in the small goals skills and it complimented the already existing three other skills events The coaches were excited to see another skills event for their athletes. The Athletes enjoyed the new event just as well. Saturday was the day for the trials and on Sunday, the finals were held. 37 athletes earned medals based on accumulated scores over the four skills events. The SOCT was very pleased with our help with just a few months to get ready. The SOCT has already asked the CEA to come back for many years to come and we are committed to be there for Special Olympics. Thank you to all the Volunteers who came to the event.