History of the Games

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The University of Central Oklahoma’s annual Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities provides children, adults and military service members with physical disabilities an opportunity to display their talents in a proper and competitive setting against individuals with similar disabilities. The Endeavor Games were held for the first time in 2000 on UCO’s campus. The event was originally created by a non-profit organization, whose mission was to provide quality sports programs to athletes with physical disabilities from Oklahoma and beyond. In 2004, UCO recognized the importance and potential this event had and absorbed the non-profit and its staff. That first year, seven sports were offered to 91 athletes from seven states and Australia. The UCO Endeavor Games now offers more than 10 sports and has hundreds of athletes from all over the nation come to compete.

Because of UCO’s early involvement with the Endeavor Games, UCO was selected as a U.S. Paralympic training site in 2005 and has since been named a U.S. Olympic training site as well. UCO is one of only 18 organizations in the nation with this designation and the only university to hold the designation as an Olympic and Paralympic training site. UCO is also an Olympic and Paralympic Community Partner, offers a military sports program, adapted sport opportunities for its students and is the High Performance Management Organization for USA Para-Powerlifting.

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