Endeavor Games to provide events for disabled athletes

By Edmond Life & Leisure Published: May 24, 2006
EDMOND - The Seventh Annual Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities, conducted by the University of Central Oklahoma Disabled Sports and Events, will be held at the university and Deer Creek High School from June 8 to 11.

The Endeavor Games were created in 2000 when a need was found for a multisport event for athletes with physical disabilities. In 2005, 308 athletes competed in 10 sports, traveling from 28 states and three countries.

This year, the Endeavor Games will host athletes competing in archery, junior and adult 3-on-3-wheelchair basketball, boccia, powerlifting, shooting, track and field, tennis, table tennis, wheelchair softball and swimming.

Clinics for athletes and coaches will be June 8. The sport clinics will be offered in conjunction with BlazeSports America, Disabled Sports USA and Paralympic Academy. Clinics are open to all athletes and coaches. There is no registration fee for athletes, and coaches' registration fee is $20, which includes lunch. The sports include archery, cycling, sit volleyball and tennis.

The Endeavor Games is partnering with Disabled Sports USA, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee; and the Wounded Warriors Project, a project of The United Spinal Association.

These special guests are members of the U.S. military services who have received permanent disabling injuries while serving in Iraq.

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Ceremony set
The Endeavor Games opening ceremony is scheduled June 9 at UCO Hamilton Field House and will feature the 2005 Endeavor Games video, a Parade of Athletes, special guest speaker and a military tribute.

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