Endeavor Games: Ryder Gibson, 3, doesn't let paralysis keep him from competing

Father Brian Gibson and mother Christi Gibson said they just heard about Endeavor Games and signed up their son.
BY CHRIS BRANNICK, Staff Writer, cbrannick@opubco.com Published: June 5, 2013
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Ryder will compete in back-to-back to back events on Saturday morning at Edmond North High School, beginning at 8 a.m. Regardless of how he finishes during the day, he'll go home with the same smile he came with. Brian said win or lose, medal or not, when the Gibson family gets in the truck to go home the only thing he cares about is when he gets to do it again.

“Really excited,” Ryder said about this weekend's games. “Racing,” he said, was his favorite part.

Ultimately, Ryder wants to be a Paralympics athlete. Brian said they wouldn't push him to work toward that goal if he would ever stop pushing himself.

“He learns a lot by watching. We watch videos on the computer of kids like him that are doing this. He just likes to get out there competing with athletes like him. There is no reason this will hold him back.”

The Endeavor Games will be held in Edmond at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond North High School and Lake Arcadia. The Games run Thursday through Sunday.