About UCO Military Sports Programs

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide our injured active servicemen and women and military veterans with an opportunity to enhance their physical and emotional rehabilitation through the introduction of Paralympic sport and friendly competition.


Adventure Therapy Program Overview

The Adventure Therapy Program provides the injured soldiers at Fort Sill Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) with the opportunity to experience introductions into Paralympic sports, specifically, Archery, Cycling, Fencing, Sitting Volleyball, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball and Swimming. This program is designed to facilitate the rehabilitation of wounded warriors through sports, recreational activity and friendly competition. Adventure Therapy sessions are conducted once a month at the Fort Sill WTU Facilities. The sessions are instructed by Paralympic National Team Coaches and/or Paralympic National Team Members. The Adventure Therapy Program has helped more than 300 soldiers with their rehabilitation at Fort Sill and will continue to provide Paralympic sport opportunities to wounded warriors for years to come.


Regional Center of Excellence Program Overview

As an Olympic/Paralympic Training Site and Regional Center of Excellence, the University of Central Oklahoma provides introductory and emerging Paralympic Sport training to injured active servicemen and women and disabled veterans. This program provides six 3-day camp opportunities to wounded warriors who have shown great skill and athletic potential in the Paralympic sports of Archery, Powerlifting and Cycling. Every camp is led by U.S. National Team Head Coaches and/or National Team Members of their sport and offers at least 5 military athletes the chance to learn more about their respective sport and put what they have learned into practice. With small camp settings the military athletes receive such an abundant amount of attention and coaching, the potential for improvement is tremendous. These camps are not only focused on discovering talented emerging Paralympic military athletes, but are also enriching the lives and encouraging the rehabilitation of our disabled veterans through Paralympic sports and competition. Each camp is organized by the UCO Military Sports Coordinator in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Staff and the U.S. Paralympic Archery, Powerlifting and Cycling Head Coaches.


Outreach

  • Our military sports staff go to Oklahoma installations, VA hospitals, and local Veterans organizations to inform them of the opportunities Paralympic sports have to offer
  • Bringing servicemen and women to UCO for training camps and Paralympic sport clinics

For more information contact Kimo Aweau - Military Sports Coordinator at 974-3154 or kaweau@uco.edu

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