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UCO To Bring Paralympic Sports To The Bart And Nadia Sports And Health Festival Feb. 16

Feb. 8, 2013

Media Contact: Grant Leatherwood, Communications Officer, Wellness Center, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-3127,


The University of Central Oklahoma will bring Paralympic sports, including the opportunity to meet athletes from the London 2012 games, to the Bart and Nadia Sports and Health Festival Feb. 16 at the Cox Arena and Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

Three activities — the Archery Challenge, sitting volleyball demonstration, and slacklining exhibit — will be ongoing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. that day while the festival is open. 

During the Archery Challenge, participants will have the opportunity to shoot three arrows while learning the basic rules of archery.

The sitting volleyball demonstration will include members of the 2012 London Paralympic Games silver medaling U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team and the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team.

Participants will have the opportunity to watch the teams scrimmage, learn the sport of sitting volleyball, and take photos with and get autographs from the athletes.

The slacklining exhibit will allow attendees to test their balance and learn about the UCO Adventure Experiences’ ULEAD Challenge Course, a teambuilding zip line and pamper pole course, and Rock ‘N Central, a 1,400-foot climbing wall.

At 10:30 a.m. that day, Central will host the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Powerlifting Nationals as a part of the festival.

Spectators attending the IPC Powerlifting Nationals will have a chance to see 2012 London Paralympic athletes Mary Stack and Ahmed Shafik compete. Following the competition, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with and get autographs from the athletes.

Central became an official U.S. Olympic Training Site in July 2009, and has been an official U.S. Paralympic Training Site since 2005. At Central, athletes can train for Olympic volleyball and archery and any Paralympic sport. Currently, Central hosts 16 resident athletes in the Paralympic sports of sitting volleyball, archery, and track and field.

The Bart and Nadia Sports and Health Festival is free and open to the public. The festival encourages families to take ownership of their health through activities that embrace Olympic and Paralympic ideals with an emphasis on sports, nutrition, and wellness.

For more information about the festival, visit   

To learn more about Central’s events at the festival, contact Leigha Pemberton, UCO’s sport programs coordinator, at 405-974-3160 or