Post by TSRHC Prosthetist Amanda Brown, CPO, LPO
June 5, 2014 kicked off the 15th annual UCO Endeavor Games where athletes gathered from around the world to participate in Paralympic Sporting Events. These games included track and field, swimming, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, archery and many more. All ages were welcome and among the many participants were seven patients from TSRHC!
The competitive nature of the games was exhilarating and so exciting to watch. Many of the adult athletes included paralympians who participated in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, as well as veterans from around the country. The youth athletes included children who dream of becoming a competitive athlete and love to participate in sporting events. This year’s unique group of participants allowed each athlete to compete against each other and also learn from each other. The mentoring and encouragement throughout the weekend was remarkable and it was a true representation of the leadership and love for the games.
TSRHC’s seven participating patients represented the hospital with flying colors! Multiple gold medals were won and many of them participated in numerous events. Two of our patients were noticed by the USA Olympic Committee for both Track and Swimming and five of our kids qualified for Junior Nationals in July. We even had one of our many star patients win the “Junior Athlete of the Year Award” which was presented at the Athlete Banquet!
We are very proud of all of our patients who participated in the Endeavor Games. Our vision here at the hospital is to always demonstrate the importance of encouraging our patients to pursue their dreams and goals. The Endeavor Games is an opportunity for our patients to compete and build confidence by surrounding themselves with an amazing support system.