13th Annual University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games

January 5, 2013

For 13 years, physically disabled athletes of all ages and capabilities have been gathering at the University of Central Oklahoma to participate in the UCO Endeavor Games. Hosting a variety of events, including training clinics for new athletes and aspiring competitors, the Endeavor Games are a nationally recognized and respected event that Disabled Sports USA is proud to endorse.

This year, the games will be held from June 7th to the 10th, at UCO’s Edmund, OK campus. Some events that cannot be held at the campus itself will be hosted at nearby community locations. Venues outside the campus itself include Edmund High School and Pop’s Restaurant, which lies just east of Edmund on US route 66.

 Leigha Pemberton, UCO’s sports programs coordinator, said of the games, “This year is particularly special for the UCO Endeavor Games, thanks in  part to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London this summer.”

 June 7th is set aside for the event’s training clinics, helping aspiring athletes to either learn new disabled sports, or to get in a bit of extra training and practice before the official games. Training clinics this year will include archery, powerlifting, ambulatory track and field, wheelchair track and field,  sitting  volleyball, shooting, swimming, and cycling.

The 8th through the 10th is when the official games kick off, with exciting competitions being held every day for athletes of all ages. Adapted sports that are included in the roster are  table tennis, cycling, powerlifting, swimming, sitting volleyball, shooting, track and field, archery, and wheelchair basketball, according to the Endeavor Games official site.

 As a national event, the Endeavor Games are endorsed not just by DSUSA, but by the US Paralympic Committee as well. Members of the armed forces’ paralympic organization will compete in the games as well. 2011’s games had 502 participants from ages eight into the sixties, 117 of whom were military or ex-military. The Games are a wonderful chance for athletes and family of any age and capability to come together and celebrate the positive influence of adapted sports in peoples’ lives.

For more: http://www.ucoendeavorgames.com/

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