The UCO Endeavor Games is a weekend full of events, starting on Thursday morning with a variety of clinics and ending Sunday morning with paratriathlon and archery. There is always something going on, such as clinics, classifications or competitions. UCO Endeavor Games will be providing transportation from all sponsored hotels to and from events. Sponsored hotels can be found here. Below is a rundown of this year’s schedule and weekend to help athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators get a grasp on what will be a busy, but fun and memorable weekend!
On Thursday, athletes will be able to pick up packets, which includes t shirts and event information, from 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. in the UCO Wellness Center, as well as visit the vendor expo during that time. Beginning Thursday morning, athletes can also participate in various clinics at four locations across Edmond and the UCO campus. After breaking for lunch at noon, some clinics will continue from 1:30 — 6 p.m. Classification will also take place Thursday from 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. at the four Endeavor Games locations. Finally, athletes will attend the 2015 UCO Endeavor Games Welcome Party at the UCO Wellness Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Welcome Party dinner is provided by Limbs For Life Foundation. Athletes will receive dinner and adaptive rock climbing, gaga pit and more will be available!
Athlete packet pick-up and the vendor expo will continue from 8 a.m. — 3 p.m. Friday. It is required to pick up your packet by 3 p.m. Friday to compete for all athletes. Cycling, archery and wheelchair 3-on-3 basketball will begin at 9 a.m., as well as classifications for swimming, table tennis and track and field. Powerlifting weigh-ins will start at 8:30 a.m. and competition will follow at 10 a.m. Classification will follow competition. Archery will continue at 1 p.m., along with table tennis, soccer and the 5k cycling event. Friday will conclude with one of the weekend’s most popular events — swimming at 5:30 at the Edmond Mitch Park YMCA.
Saturday will kick off at 8:00 a.m. with warm-ups for track and field with competition to begin 30 minutes after. Powerlifting classification will take place from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Archery and shooting will begin at 9 a.m. and sitting volleyball kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at Edmond North High School in between track and field sessions at 12:30 p.m., which is included with registration. Saturday night will conclude with the Athlete Banquet at 7:30 p.m. in the Nigh University Center at UCO. The athlete banquet is included in the registration fee.
The final day will begin at 6:30 a.m. with warm up for paratriathlon and follow with competition at 7 a.m. Field events will continue at Edmond North at 8:30 a.m. and the final event, indoor archery, will start at 9 a.m. in the UCO Wellness Center.
Sitting volleyball is the only sport of the Endeavor Games in which athletes with physical disabilities are able to play along-side able bodied athletes. There is no classification for sitting volleyball at the Endeavor Games, which allows it to be fully inclusive for all. Anyone who is interested in playing sitting volleyball can sign up as either an individual or as part of a team. If an athlete registers as an individual, the athlete will be placed on a team with other athletes who also registered as individuals. All athletes and teams are required to sign in for the sitting volleyball tournament at the designated start time.
The Endeavor Games Para-Triathlon is a sprint distance event, perfect for first timers and challenging enough for the seasoned triathlete. The event consists of a 500 Yard Swim, 12-mile Bike and a 3-mile Run.
Powerlifting will return for its nationals event at the Endeavor Games. If you are a seasoned athlete come compete against our national team. If you are not, come have fun, compete and learn from the best in the country. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Please join us for the 2015 UCO Endeavor Games 20K bicycle time trial! A yearly tradition of the Endeavor Games, the 20K bicycle time trial is run on a challenging course with rolling hills including uphills and fast downhill sections. The course is very safe and well marked! We also have 4-5 policemen and vehicles each year to help us keep rider friendly.
The 5K bicycle time trial is a great event for those new to time trialing or more interested in a fast and very flat course. The 5K time trial is run on the grounds of the Cross Timbers Fire Training Center, where the UCO boathouse is located. Virtually no vehicle traffic on this fast, flat and fun course!
CP Soccer is played by athletes who have had a stroke, have cerebral palsy or have had a traumatic brain injury. Players are ambulant and do not require assistive aides. CP Soccer is a Paralympic event and teams also compete in a Pan Am European Championship and a World Championships every cycle. The game is played 7v7 on a smaller field with smaller goals. Come on out, see what it is all about and join us on the field.
Track and Field
Likely the most popular sport at each year's UCO Endeavor Games, track and field offers multiple events for all ages and disabilities. Track and Field is IPC sanctioned and athletes must hold IPC Athletics Licensing in order to count times toward qualifying for world rankings, record applications, international competition and national team status. If athletes have questions about the 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, visit http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Track-and-Field/Events.
A long-time favorite sport returned last year to the UCO Endeavor Games and is hosted in a world-class facility at the Edmond Mitch Park YMCA. The Edmond Mitch Park YMCA recently hosted the Central Oklahoma Para-Swimming Open to athletes from all over the country.
Wheelchair Basketball (3-on-3)
Wheelchair basketball features three different age groups: adult (19 and up), junior (13-18) and youth (12 and under). This event will be held at the UCO Wellness Center.
Shooting will have two different levels: introductory and competition. This sport will also offer classification this June. SH1 (shooters able to support a firearm without a stand) and SH2 shooters (shooters requiring a firearm support to shoot) are the two Paralympic categories.
Classification will be offered in table tennis this June and will take place in the UCO Wellness Center.
*All clinics are Thursday, June 11.
Morning Clinics (two sessions)
Track and field (ages 13 and up)
Swimming (ages 13 and up)
Sitting volleyball (ages 13 and up)
Powerlifting (ages 13 and up)
Track and field (ages 12 and under)
Swimming (ages 12 and under)
Sitting volleyball (ages 12 and under)
Shooting (all ages)
Soccer (all ages)
The sports being classified at the 2015 UCO Endeavor Games are swimming, track and field, powerlifting and track and field.
To ensure competition is fair and equal, all Paralympic sports have a system in place which ensures that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus, the same factors that account for success in sport for able bodied athletes.
This process is called classification and its purpose is to minimise the impact of impairments on the activity (sport discipline). Having the impairment thus is not sufficient. The impact on the sport must be proved, and each in Paralympic sport, the criteria of grouping athletes by the degree of activity limitation resulting from the impairment are named ‘Sport Classes’. Through classification, it is determined which athletes are eligible to compete in a sport and how athletes are grouped together for competition. This, to a certain extent, is similar to grouping athletes by age, gender or weight.
Classification is sport-specific because an impairment affects the ability to perform in different sports to a different extent. As a consequence, an athlete may meet the criteria in one sport, but may not meet the criteria in another sport
This will take place Thursday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Both days, athletes can pick packets up at the UCO Wellness Center.
ATHLETES MUST PICK UP PACKETS TO PARTICIPATE!
During packet pick-up, various vendors will be available in the downstairs lobby of the UCO Wellness Center on Thursday and Friday. Athletes, volunteers, coaches and spectators are all welcome at the vendor fair.
This year's Welcome Party will be hosted at the UCO Wellness Center in partnership with Limbs for Life Foundation. There will be food, adaptive rock climbing, a gaga pit, music and fun! This is included in the athlete's registration fee. If athletes need additional tickets for coaches, parents or others, they can be purchased for $5.
Held at the Nigh University Center on UCO's campus, this is also included in the athlete's registration fee. Additional tickets can be purchased for $7 each. Annual awards will be presented at the athlete banquet.
*Meals included in registration fee are Thursday lunch, Welcome Party, Saturday lunch and Athlete Banquet.
The UCO Endeavor Games are a Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports, USA level 3 sanctioned event. Athletes ages 7-21 are encouraged to use their Endeavor Games results to qualify for the National Junior Disability Championship (NJDC). NJDC is the largest multi-sport, multi-disability event for juniors in the United States.
The WASUSA premier event brings together hundreds of athletes with physical disabilities from all over North America to compete in archery, field, table tennis, track, swimming, and weightlifting.
For more information or for inquiries, please contact Leigha Pemberton at (405) 974-3160 or email@example.com.