JANUARY 18, 2006

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UCO named official site for U.S. Paralympics


Olympic figure skater Jenny Meno helps the University of Central Oklahoma celebrate its new status as an official training site for U.S. Paralympic athletes/Community Partner with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) by performing at the Braum’s Ice Rink in Oklahoma City recently.

Olympic figure skater Jenni Meno recently performed at the Braum’s Ice Rink at the Oklahoma Civic Center to help the University of Central Oklahoma celebrate its new status as an official training site for U.S. Paralympic athletes/Community Partner with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Meno skated in the 1994 and 1998 Olympic pairs event with partner Todd Sand.

As a Paralympic training site, UCO expects to attract elite athletes from throughout the country to the UCO campus for training in a variety of events.

UCO also will create, promote and host programs and events at the training site, and is expected to host USOC sanctioned events.

“This designation will potentially make UCO and the City of Edmond one of the premiere sporting locations in the United States,” said UCO Executive Vice President, Steve Kreidler.

In addition to the training site designation, the USOC also recently named UCO as a Community Partner in an effort to involve more areas across the country in Olympic and Paralympic activities.

“U.S. Paralympics’ main initiatives are to lead the world in Paralympic performance and utilize our national platform to promote excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities,” said Jim Sherr, USOC Chief Executive Officer.

“I can think of no better partner to assist in meeting our mission than the University of Central Oklahoma. The facilities, staff and leadership at UCO will provide an optimal training site for athletes pursuing their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.”

UCO has been involved with disabled athletes for many years. The university has hosted the Endeavor Games for the past six years and has created a national database to connect disabled athletes with competition across the country.

Contact: Charlie Johnson, UCO News Bureau Director, (405) 974-2315