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 PER

State Chairman

Carl Gorman PER

Central District

Janet Vergason PER

Coastal District

Cindy Dalterio

East District

Lynn Connolly

Northwest District



Frank DeFazio "Cheech" DeFazio, PDD - CEA Special Olympics Chairman
The Soccer Skills Event will be held on June 10th & 11th, 2017.  The event will be held at Hamden Hall, 225 Skiff Street, Hamden, Ct.  Registration time for both days will be 9:00am in the morning. The competition for both days will start 10:00am and end before 3:00pm.  Awards will be given to the participants after Sunday's competition and lunch.  Lunch for both days will be provided by the Special Olympics of Connecticut. Coffee and donuts will be provided by the Connecticut Elks Association in the morning.
We need EVERY Lodge to participate and send as many volunteers each day! Exalted Rulers this is the time for you and your Officers to work together, represent your Lodge and show that Elks Care and Elks Share. We share this time in our lives helping to support Special Olympics and the athletes.


Special Olympics Mid-Year Report



Unified Sports® Holiday Classic Weekend Set for November 19 & 20

Special Olympics Connecticut will host its Unified Sports® Holiday Classic, presented by the Connecticut Elks Association, on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th.
Everyone is invited to come out and cheer on teammates of all abilities who will go for the gold in basketball, volleyball, powerlifting and bowling. All events are free and will take place at venues in New Haven County, 9 AM to 4 PM, both days.
More than 2,300 athletes and Unified partners, who will have completed a minimum of eight weeks of training in their respective sport, are expected to participate. Additionally, 500 coaches and more than 800 volunteers will support the event.
Formerly known as the Special Olympics Connecticut Holiday Sports Classic, the event’s new name – Unified Sports® Holiday Classic – reflects the fact that all the sports played throughout the weekend include Unified competition. 
Special Olympics recently celebrated over one million participants in its Unified Sports® program worldwide. In Connecticut and around the globe, an increasing number of individuals with and without intellectual disabilities are playing on the same team, with the same rules, and with the same determination and joy.
For more information and to find out about volunteer opportunities, visit www.soct.org, call 203-230-1201 or email specialolympicsct@soct.org.
Also be sure to follow Special Olympics Connecticut on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Sports and locations include:
Unified Sports® Basketball at Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden and Cheshire Academy, 10 Main Street, Cheshire
Traditional and Unified Sports® Bowling at AMF Lanes, 1717 Boston Post Road, Milford and AMF Circle Lanes, 525 Main Street, East Haven
Traditional and Unified Sports® Powerlifting at James Hillhouse High School, 480 Sherman Parkway, New Haven (Saturday only)
Unified Sports® Volleyball at Floyd Little Athletic Center, 480 Sherman Parkway, New Haven


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.