Home Depot supplied wood for court sub-flooring.
Santa Fe High School football players helped with court setup.
An Edmond-based Paralympic athlete volunteered to support volleyball player-friends.
Iran’s championship-quality team was trying to make it to the event.
The upcoming 2010 Sitting Volleyball Worlds at the University of Central Oklahoma are an eclectic blend of community in the local sense and community in the global sense. UCO and Edmond will be home to about 640 athletes and coaches from across the globe through July 18. Teams will compete for slots in the 2012 London Paralympic games.
Opening ceremonies will be from 7-9 p.m. Saturday on the UCO campus at Hamilton Field House. The ceremonies will include recognition of teams from each nation and a wide variety of entertainment with an Oklahoma flair.
Wellness Center Director Mark Herrin, who was helping set up courts, said planning for the event began 3 years ago, and was coming together well thanks to the staff and volunteers.
“Right now we’re on schedule,” Herrin said. “We’ll be ready for the arrival of these teams.”
Herrin said the strong sense of community is one of the things that makes Edmond a great place to live, and community is one of UCO’s core values along with health and wellness.
“Corporately we can pull off events like this,” Herrin said. “Without the support of all the volunteers, all the businesses here in Edmond, we couldn’t do this.”
Wednesday afternoon, work was progressing on setting up the four competition courts — two in the Wellness Center and two in Hamilton Field House. Adding to the community spirit, the courts were donated by USA Volleyball, said Elliot Blake, sitting volleyball coordinator for UCO and USA Volleyball.
Following some last-minute adjustments, the courts were coming together at the Field House, Blake said. Remaining tasks to be done included readying the scorekeeper’s table and technical pieces such as the home base for the master official, he said.
“Yesterday in our initial stage, we were a little bit behind, but today we’ve been making great progress,” Blake said. “We’re catching right back up to where we’re supposed to be. We’re gonna have everything set in place and ready to go very quickly.”
Jeremy Campbell, a UCO-based athlete, was helping set up one of the courts at the Field House.
Campbell, who was born without a fibula in his right leg, and wears a prosthetic, is a medal-winning pentathlete supported by Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics. Campbell said UCO and Edmond do a lot to support athletes. He also knows most of the local volleyball players.
“If I was competing, I like it when they show up and watch me, and I want to support them and basically be a part of this,” Campbell said.
Home Depot supplied wood for court sub-flooring.
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Arcadia man, 80, prepares for 111th marathon
A year ago, Arcadia resident Tom Briggs was well into the Boston Marathon course when he heard runners nearby talking about an incident up ahead.
Police seek teen last seen in Edmond-north OKC area
The family of a missing teenage girl made a plea to the public Friday to help them find the Casady honors student.
For information about Edmond senior programs, stop by and pick up a monthly calendar, check out the website at edmondseniorcenter.com or call 216-7600. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and reservations are needed a day in advance by 11 a.m. For lunch reservations, call 330-6293 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
UCO plans Earth Day Fair
The University of Central Oklahoma invites the community to celebrate sustainability with its Earth Day Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22 in locations throughout Central’s campus.
The fair kicks off at 10 a.m. around Broncho Lake with exhibitions from local businesses, state agencies and student organizations. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about its environmental mission and message.
UCO School of Music closes semester with concert series
The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music will wrap up its instrumental performance season with three concerts featuring Central students April 29 through May 1 at Mitchell Hall Theater located on the UCO campus.
Auction benefits Fine Arts Institute
The Spring Sampler dinner and auction event April 12 at Oak Tree Country Club benefitted the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond.
Kaiser joins Thunder ownership group
Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser has been approved by the NBA Board of Governors as a new partner in The Professional Basketball Club LLC, which owns the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder Chairman and CEO Clayton I. Bennett made the announcement Friday. Kaiser is purchasing the ownership interest of Tom L. Ward.
“We are honored to welcome George Kaiser as a member of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Bennett said. “George is a well-respected and important Oklahoma business leader, as well as one of the state and nation’s top philanthropists. His commitment to successful business and community leadership is in true alignment with that of the Thunder.
“I also appreciate the commitment and leadership provided by Tom Ward as a member of our ownership group from the beginning,” Bennett added.
Literally, books come to life for club
When some of the women at Touchmark at Coffee Creek got together to form a book club, they didn’t know it would be so much fun and become such an important part of their lives.
The group of about a dozen residents gets together monthly to not only discuss the assigned novel, memoir or classic, but also to immerse themselves in the setting and culture of the book. There is no limit to their creativity.
Local children win Edmond Sun Easter coloring contest
Two local children were named winners of The Edmond Sun’s Easter coloring contest. At left, Madsion Porter, 4, daughter of Tracy Porter, won a princess Easter basket, which included a tiara, tea set, stuffed bunny rabbit and chocolate rabbit. At right, BriAnna Harbaugh, 9, daughter of Leslie Haubaugh, won a Hello Kitty Easter basket, containing art supplies, a Hello Kitty stuffed animal and a chocolate bunny. The families also received a three-month subscription to The Edmond Sun. For your own subscription to The Edmond Sun, visit edmondsun.com, call 341-2121, or visit 123 S. Broadway.
Pastor seeks congressional seat
Working in the Congressional 1st District office of Congressman Jim Bridenstine was an eye opener for Harvey Sparks, he said. His analytical exposure to Congress has sparked his drive to run for the Congressional 5th District of Oklahoma, said Sparks, R-Oklahoma City.
Sparks has been a pastor for the majority of his professional life. Sixteen months ago, he was asked by 1st District Congressman Jim Bridenstine to come work in his Washington, D.C., office. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters and a son, ages 10-3.
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