University of Central Oklahoma to expand Endeavor Games

The University of Central Oklahoma announced it will expand its Endeavor Games with the addition of a new event, according to a press release.

In partnership with Turnstone, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic, educational, wellness and recreational programs to individuals with disabilities throughout northwestern Indiana, the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) will host the 2017 Turnstone Endeavor Games in Fort Wayne, Ind. The event will take place from April 21 to 23.

“Turnstone is pleased to partner with UCO and the Endeavor Games in being their first partner in creating the Endeavor Games Series,” Mike Mushett, chief executive officer of Turnstone, said in the release. “Turnstone and the Fort Wayne community are excited about extending the games to the Midwest. Combining Turnstone’s event-hosting experience and facilities with the Endeavor Games’ expertise, brand and resources promises to produce a first-class event.”

According to the release, the games will feature events for seven sports, including air rifle shooting, boccia, goalball, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, track and field and wheelchair basketball. It will offer sports clinics for air rifle shooting, boccia, goalball, swimming and track and field, as well as classifications for swimming and track and field.

UCO will host the second event of the series, the 18th Annual UCO Endeavor Games from June 8 to 11 on its campus. The games will feature 10 sports, including archery, air rifle shooting, cycling, powerlifting, 4-on-4 sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball and wheelchair softball.

Registration for the first series of events opens Feb. 1. Registration for the second series will open in the spring.

“We are beyond excited about the possibilities in front of us and are forever grateful to Turnstone and the community of Fort Wayne, Ind. for their belief in this event,” Katrina Shaklee, cofounder of the UCO Endeavor Games and senior director of the UCO Wellness Center, said in the release. “When the Endeavor Games began in 2000, the hope was simply to provide a quality athletic competition to athletes with physical disabilities. After 17 years, this has remained the driving force, and we will continue to broaden our reach so that we may serve as many athletes as possible.”


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