The Edmond Sun

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June 17, 2011

Endeavor Games highlight success

EDMOND — The Endeavor Games drew more than 400 disabled athletes, their families, trainers and friends to the University of Central Oklahoma campus June 10-12. This decade-long annual event has grown in more ways than its organizers first imagined and that growth is a blessing to the entire city of Edmond.

Visitors to the campus told event participants how nice Edmond looks and how nice Edmond residents and business owners were to interact with during the weekend. That is truly the best compliment any city can receive after hosting such a large event.

Edmond’s clean and crisp beauty did not happen overnight. It has taken the concerted effort of many civic leaders to create and enforce the standards that helped achieve our quality of life that is now so pleasing to visitors.

Another compliment must be paid to the hundreds of volunteers who make the Endeavor Games possible. We know those dedicated community members take away as much as they give while watching these inspiring athletes, many of whom are heroes who sacrificed their way of life for their country through military service. The athletes themselves deserve our thanks for displaying their talents and strengths to the community. It is one of the most inspiring events taking place in Oklahoma.

The Endeavor Games highlights a number of things that went right with this event. There is the increased sales tax revenue to city coffers, increased traffic and revenue for local businesses, increased recognition of all the city has to offer visitors and an example of how to drive economic development through a well-planned event.

Kudos goes to UCO for tackling an event such as the Endeavor Games. Organizers Casey Moore and Katrina Shaklee along with numerous other UCO employees should be given a huge pat on the back for a job well done. When you see them out in the community, please give them your thanks.

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