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UCO Endeavor Games Honored as a Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

UCO Endeavor Games athlete competing in track and field

Dec. 21, 2021

Media Contact: Kyla Carter, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2127, kcarter25@uco.edu

UCO Endeavor Games Honored as a Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

The University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games recently received the Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Award from Sports Destination Management for its commitment to growing the sports tourism industry. 

Sports Destination Management is a leading publication focusing on planning, implementing and managing sports events and tourism. 

This year’s winners are responsible for contributing more than $400 million to the national economy during 2020 and 2021.

“The UCO Endeavor Games has been in the Edmond community for nearly 23 years,” said Leigha Pemberton, assistant director of partnerships and events for the UCO Wellness Center. 

“We are excited to be recognized for the positive economic impact we make on the city. We hope that other cities will see this and be encouraged to bring adaptive sports opportunities to their communities.”

The UCO Endeavor Games has generated a total of $1.137 million in economic impact for Oklahoma County. It is the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability event made up of team challenges including esport gaming and individual sports challenges – 5K, archery, air rifle shooting, cycling, swimming, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, track and field, among others. 

For more information about UCO Endeavor Games, visit www.endeavorgames.org/edmond.

To view the November/December 2021 issue of Sports Destination Management, visit www.sportsdestinations.com/issue-list.

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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games recently received the Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Award from Sports Destination Management for its commitment to growing the sports tourism industry. Pictured, an athlete competing at the UCO Endeavor Games.