It’s the mission of the UCO Military Sport Program to provide experiential opportunities for service men, women and veterans who have sustained physical injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, visual impairment/blindness and stroke to transition to a healthy active lifestyle and foster community engagement, while introducing Paralympic sport based activities, as well as other recreational activities.
Through our partnerships with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) at Ft Sill, OKC VA and the Edmond Community, the UCO Military Sport Program helps service men, women and veterans who have sustained physical injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, visual impairment/blindness and stroke, to transition to a healthy active lifestyle.
We do this by offering various Paralympic sport based programs as well as other recreational programs, which cater to varying groups of individuals who have different levels of ability.
The Adventure Therapy Program provides injured service men and women from the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) at Ft. Sill the opportunity to experience Paralympic sport based activities. These include sitting volleyball, cycling, kayaking, air rifle shooting, archery and other Paralympic sports.
The OKC VA Sport Clinics provide veterans from the OKC VA, Paralympic sport based clinics such as table tennis, sitting volleyball, archery, wheel chair basketball and other Paralympic sports. All clinics will be held at the OKC VA Therapeutic Recreation Department or at the University of Central Oklahoma.
These camps are for those looking to pursue Paralympic Sport at the international level. In 2013-2014, we are hoping to hold eight camps serving a total of 72 athletes. The camps are funded by the military sport program and are at no cost to athletes. Hopeful camps for 2013-2014 include powerlifting, archery, kayak canoe, cycling and another medal potential sport to be decided.
The Outdoor Adventure Therapy Program provides outdoor recreational opportunities for both physically and mentally disabled service men, women and veterans of the UCO and Edmond community. These include Paralympic sport based activities such as archery, cycling, canoe and kayaking. Participants will also engage in other outdoor recreational opportunities such as mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding and hiking.
UCO Student Veterans are welcome to participate in any military sport program eligible for the individual.
For more information about Military Sport Programs, please contact Joe Ready, Military Sport Coordinator at (405) 974-3154 or firstname.lastname@example.org