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May 23, 2014

UCO Endeavor Games to start with celebration, Olympic/Paralympic statue dedication

EDMOND — The 2014 University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games will kick off with a pair of events June 5-6, including the return of the popular swimming event.

The UCO Wellness Center, home base of the UCO Endeavor Games, will unveil the new “Olympic/Paralympic Strength” statue at noon June 5, located on the southeast lawn of the facility.

The statue is a smaller replica of the one that sits at the United States Olympic Committee Headquarters in Colorado Springs. An Olympic/Paralympic training site, Central is one of only a few training sites to house the statue.

Then the games get underway at 5:30 p.m. June 6 with the return of swimming as the opening celebration at Edmond’s Mitch Park YMCA.

One of the more popular events in recent years is back, as swimming will take place in the brand new Edmond facility, which was completed in spring 2014. Events for the evening will include freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and relay events.       

“It is always exciting to incorporate special events during the UCO Endeavor Games. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to dedicate the Olympic/Paralympic Strength sculpture in front of the Wellness Center to demonstrate our commitmentto Olympians and Paralympians, both past and present,” said Katrina Shaklee, executive director of the Wellness Center.

“We are also pleased to host the opening celebration at the new Edmond Mitch Park Y competition pool in conjunction with the swimming competition. After a one year absence, swimming is back and currently, we’re on pace to have more swimmers compete this year than ever before.”          

Admission to all events is free and open to the public.          

This year’s games offer 11 sports — archery (indoor/outdoor), cycling, paracanoe, paratriathlon, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, table tennis, track and field and wheelchair basketball. Athletes can register for multiple adaptive sports.          

The UCO Endeavor Games began in 2000 and has grown into the largest multi-sport, multi-disability event in the U.S. with athletes from over 40 states and four countries having attended.          

To view a schedule of this year’s UCO Endeavor Games or for more information, visit www.ucoendeavorgames.com.

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