EDMOND — University of Central Oklahoma will host the 2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships on July 10-18, with 36 teams representing 26 countries expected to compete.
This is the first time this event has been held in the United States.
The championships will bring in a total of 576 athletes, coaches and delegates to UCO's Hamilton Field House and Wellness Center, and will serve as a Paralympic Games qualifier for the top three teams in the men and women's competitions.
Opening ceremonies will be from 7 to 9 p.m. July 10 in Hamilton Field House, and competition will begin at 9 a.m. each day beginning July 11. On July 18, a closing celebration will be at Frontier City, scheduled to begin about one hour after the medal ceremonies.
Competing teams will represent Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Libya, Lithuania, Morocco, Netherlands, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Ukraine and the United States.
The U.S. Men and Women's Sitting Volleyball Teams both train at UCO, which is an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site in volleyball and archery. The university also currently hosts 12 resident Paralympic athletes in the sports of sitting volleyball, archery, and track and field.
Tickets will be available for purchase on the days of the event at the Hamilton Field House ticket window. For ticket information, go to www.2010worlds.com. Volunteers are also needed each day of the event.
For more information about UCO's Paralympic events, or to volunteer, call Leigha Joiner, event specialist for the UCO Wellness Center, at 974-3160 or e-mail email@example.com.
Ryan Wilson is a marketing and public relations assistant at UCO's Wellness Center.