Endeavor

The 19th Annual UCO Endeavor Games, June 7-10, is expected to feature more than 300 athletes from 40 states and Puerto Rico. An athlete runs during a track and field event at the 2017 UCO Endeavor Games.

Registration is open for the 19th Annual University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games, an opportunity for athletes with physical disabilities to participate in various sporting events on a competitive level, June 7-10, on Central’s campus and throughout the Edmond community.

The UCO Endeavor Games is the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability event. The 2018 games include 10 sports – archery (indoor and outdoor), cycling, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, table tennis, track and field, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair softball.

“The UCO Endeavor Games has a rich history, and we are looking forward to showcasing it again this year. The games provide a family-friendly atmosphere and exciting competition for athletes of all ages,” said Cassidhe Walker, coordinator for adaptive sports and events at Central.

The games will open on Thursday, June 7, with a day of sports clinics and camps for aspiring athletes. Competition kicks off on Friday, June 8, with cycling in the morning; powerlifting, archery, basketball and several field events, presented by MidFirst Bank, in the afternoon; and an evening of swimming at the Edmond Mitch Park YMCA, 2901 Marilyn Williams Drive.

Saturday’s events feature track and field, also presented by MidFirst Bank, at Edmond Santa Fe High School, 1901 W. 15th St., followed by archery, shooting and sitting volleyball on Central’s campus. The games conclude on Sunday, June 10, with wheelchair softball, table tennis and archery at the UCO Wellness Center.

Competitions will be held at six sites across UCO and Edmond. All events are free and open to the public.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions, including drivers, track and field and more. Each volunteer will be provided with a T-shirt.

“Our volunteers are central to the success of the Endeavor Games. They are a big reason why the event has grown into the largest of its kind, and we are very grateful for their contribution,” Walker said.

“Volunteers can expect to have a lot of fun and have a unique opportunity to see these inspiring athletes in action.”

Central is an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site and is the host training site for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sitting Volleyball teams. In addition, Central currently is a training site for USA Taekwondo.

National Partners for the Endeavor Games include the University of Central Oklahoma, Turnstone Center, U.S. Paralympics, Disabled Sports USA and Hanger Clinic, as well as local sponsors MidFirst Bank and Professional Contract Services, Inc. Registration closes May 28.

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