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

Janet Vergason 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.

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!


Saturday, December 12th at 4 pm, Special Olympics CT will be airing the Virtual Holiday Classic Video-Opening  Ceremony along with video clips submitted by athletes of them conducting their sports activities virtually. It will be followed by a Virtual Victory Dance  with DJ for the athletes.  Visit either CT Special Olympics Facebook page of YouTube channel to watch!  Let's get a great turnout from the Connecticut Elks Association!

Special Olympics YouTube Channel

Speical Olympics CT Facebook Page



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



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. 


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.