USA Softball teams up with Olympic Gold Medalist Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci for Bart & Nadia Sports Experience

Feb. 14, 2019, 3:40 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — In an effort to improve the fitness and health for all Oklahomans, Olympic Gold Medalists Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci are providing free fun for the whole family at their 10th annual Bart & Nadia Sports Experience. USA Softball, along with other sports organizations within the Oklahoma City community, will have interactive sports and fitness activities and demonstrations that are free and open to the public from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Cox Convention Center.


“We are honored to provide a free opportunity for kids to get excited about sports, and maybe they will learn a little about health and wellness, and making positive life choices,” said Conner. “We are especially grateful to our partners and sponsors that help to provide activities such as basketball, rowing, slack lining, tennis, softball, gymnastics, crosscut, baseball, judo, cricket and BMX.”


Prior to Saturday’s public event, there will be a kids day welcoming students from local elementary schools on Friday, Feb. 15. Current USA Softball Women’s National Team member and University of Oklahoma alum Shelby Pendley will make an appearance as one of four inspirational speakers to share how she got started playing softball and the importance of staying active. 


In addition to USA Softball, powerhouses partnering with Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci in the Sports Experience include the OKC Boathouse Foundation, the University of Central Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the University of Oklahoma, the United States Tennis Association, International Judo Federation, the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the OKC Strikers cricket team, OKC Energy, Sooner Crossfit, and Special Olympics Oklahoma.


As part of the experience weekend, Bart and Nadia are hosting an NCAA women’s gymnastics competition as well as multiple age group gymnastics competitions for boys and girls.


“We are not only excited to be hosting a weekend full of gymnastics, but we are thrilled to be providing Oklahomans with a day of free health information and fun fitness activities to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles,” said Comaneci. 


About USA Softball

USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations, and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 120,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 


As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit,


About the Bart & Nadia Sports Experience

The Bart & Nadia Sports Experience encourages families to take ownership of their health through activities that embrace Olympic, Paralympic and Special Olympics ideals with an emphasis on sports, nutrition and wellness. Please connect with us at or on our social media platforms at and The sports experience’s gold medal sponsors include The Chickasaw Nation, Healthcare Highways, and the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau. The silver medal sponsors include American Fidelity, Integris, WebTPA, and the International Judo Federation.


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