About the Endeavor Games

The Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities were first held in 2000 on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. The goal was simple; to provide 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 Games were originally created by a non-profit organization, whose overall mission was to offer quality sports programs to athletes with physical disabilities from Oklahoma and beyond. That first year, seven sports were offered, and 91 athletes attended from seven states and Australia. The event continued to grow, offering more sports and a few sport clinics. In 2004, UCO recognized the importance and the potential the Endeavor Games had and integrated the non-profit and its small staff into the operations of the newly constructed Wellness Center. This opened many more opportunities for the Games including special efforts on marketing and design. Special events were offered such as sport clinics, different and more sport competitions, a welcoming party and an athlete banquet. In 2016, the Endeavor Games set a record in athlete participation, boasting 310 athletes, from 38 states and Puerto Rico.

Creation of the Endeavor Games Series

As the Endeavor Games have grown throughout the years, the event has attracted accolades and a greater awareness. For the past several years, it has been the largest multi-sport, multi-disability competition in the nation. In 2014, the UCO Endeavor Games were awarded the Rings of Gold award from the United States Olympic Committee. It was during this assembly in Chicago that talks were had about offering the Endeavor Games in more communities. In recent years, it had become evident that there was a growing need for a cohesive regional and national event system. There were and continue to be events similar to the Endeavor Games throughout the United States, but all work separately with sometimes different systems and structure in place. The model of the UCO Endeavor Games has proven to be successful in providing a high standard of competition where Paralympic, emerging and novice athletes can compete together in the same venue at the same time. The need for streamlined sporting competitions across the United States is needed and UCO is ready to take the next step.
With that, UCO is proud to announce the Turnstone Endeavor Games in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In partnership with UCO, the Turnstone Endeavor Games will be the first event to be a part of the newly formed Endeavor Games Series. These Games will provide athletes in the surrounding areas a competition that looks and feels like the original in Edmond, Oklahoma. The Turnstone Endeavor Games are scheduled for Friday, April 21-Sunday, April 23. The UCO Endeavor Games are planned for Thursday, June 8-Sunday, June 11.
It is expected that the Endeavor Games Series will grow by one or two more cities per year. This will deliver great opportunities to more individuals to attend an event that is of high quality. This will be a truly unique opportunity for organizations to join a new and exciting movement in the United States.

Endeavor Games Series Headquarters

University of Central Oklahoma
Department of Wellness and Sport
100 N. University Drive, Box 99
Edmond, OK 73034

Headquarters staff:
Katrina Shaklee, M.A.
Co-founder of Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities
Endeavor Games Event Coordinator: 2000-2005
Years involved with the Endeavor Games: 2000-present
Katrina Shaklee
Contact Katrina for national partnership information or if you are interested in hosting an Endeavor Games in your community.

Leigha Pemberton, M.B.A.
Endeavor Games Event Coordinator: 2009-2014
Years involved with the Endeavor Games: 2007-present

Leigha Pemberton

Contact Leigha for information regarding sport sanctioning for the Endeavor Games Series or for sponsorship opportunities regarding the UCO Games specifically.

Heather Kohl, CTRS/L
Endeavor Games Event Coordinator: 2015-present
Years involved with the Endeavor Games: 2015-present
Heather Kohl
Contact Heather with all questions pertaining to this year's UCO Endeavor Games.

When the work is done, we make time for fun!

Endeavor Games Series Headquarters Staff

L to R: Katrina Shaklee, Leigha Pemberton, Heather Kohl