UCO Endeavor Games Hosts Sports Clinic for Service Members with Physical Injuries

June 10, 2009, 6:24 p.m. (ET)

EDMOND, Okla.--The UCO Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities will host 71 U.S. Military members with physical disabilities. Members of the armed forces, both active and retired, will be participating in the sport clinics and sports competitions offered at the Games.

The sports clinics, sponsored by U.S. Paralympics, will be held June 11 on the campuses of UCO, Edmond North High School, and Cheyenne Middle School. The clinics are for athletes who would like to learn new Paralympic sports or who would like to hone their current skills.

The Games will offer 11 sport competitions from June 12-14 at the same locations. The sports competitions to be offered are sitting volleyball, cycling, powerlifting, table tennis, swimming, indoor/outdoor archery, shooting, wheelchair basketball and track & field.

Military members will come to Edmond from around the country and Puerto Rico, including Brooke Army Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Naval Hospital at Camp Legeune. 

Members of the U.S. Military have come to the Games since 2005 to learn and compete in the Paralympic sports.

"We are excited to have the U.S. Military members with physical disabilities come to learn and compete in Paralympic sports," said Katrina Shaklee, UCO Director for Sports and Recreation.

"It is another way to cultivate Paralympic sports in the community. Many of these athletes have not ever competed in sports as a person with a physical disability."

Along with hosting and sponsoring the Endeavor Games, UCO has been a Paralympic Training Site since 2005.

"We hope these athletes will continue to compete in sports, so hopefully one day they can develop into an elite, Paralympic athlete," said Shaklee.

"The Endeavor Games are for anyone who wants to enjoy sports, while growing as an athlete and as a person."

The Endeavor Games are endorsed by U.S. Paralympics, BlazeSports National Disability Sports Alliance, Disabled Sports USA, United States Association of Blind Athletes, USA Track & Field, and Wheelchair Sports USA.