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

for November 23rd and 24th in Hamden

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.



by Frank "Cheech" DeFazio, PDD
CEA Special Olympics Chairman
The CEA  Special Olympics of Conn. Volleyball Event is getting closer and closer. We are calling for volunteers to plan ahead so that they can attend.  The event will be held on Nov. 23rd (Sat) and the 24th (Sun) the first weekend before Thanksgiving. Registration time will be 7:30am. (Sat and Sun). Opening ceremony will be 9:00am SHARP on Sat.  The games will start  approx. 9:00am on both days. 
The event will be held at Hamden Hall Country Day School Athletic Complex  (125 Skiff Street, Hamden, Ct. 06514). 
Exalted Rulers, any help from your members on either day will be greatly appreciated.  Kindly post this notice in your Lodge Newsletter (October and November)  with this information on the event and the address of how to get there. All information will be on the CTELKS.ORG Website. (Our Programs - Special Olympics). Let's have a great showing from our members.


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.