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 PER

Coastal District

Cindy Dalterio

East District

Philip Roy

Northwest District

 

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.

 

Click on the image above for a PDF version of the flyer. 
Click the hyperlink below to find out more about the event:

https://give.classy.org/ctelks2020

 

November 27, 2019
by Frank "Cheech" DeFazio, PDD
CEA Special Olympics Chairman
 
The 2019 Holiday Season opened up again with the CEA holding the Special Olympic Volleyball event.  This was another great event held at the Hamden Hall Beckerman Athletic Center in Hamden, CT.  Every thing went along as planned. We had an exciting opening ceremony both days (Saturday and Sunday) with the competing teams joining in. 
 
There were 22 Volleyball teams (254 players and coaches) that competed with each other over the two day event. The teams were from throughout Connecticut. We had 161 Elk Volunteers for the two days to officiate the games (88 Saturday and 73 Sunday).  The Special Olympics of Connecticut thanked us again for holding their event. We are all looking forward to next year's event. 

NEWS

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

NEWS

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.