An exciting week of athletic competition returns to Oklahoma City in honor of one of Oklahoma’s greatest athletes. The 2nd annual Jim Thorpe Native American Games will take place June 9 - 15, 2013 at different venues throughout Oklahoma City including: Remington Park, Oklahoma City Tennis Center, Oklahoma City University, Lincoln Park Golf Course, Millwood High School, Putnam City Stadium and the Lighthouse Fitness Center.
Athletes representing over 70 Indian nations, bands and tribes from across the United States will gather to share their talents in the spirit of the “World’s Greatest Athlete” and Native American Legend….Jim Thorpe.
Over 2,000 Native American athletes are expected to participate in 10 different sports throughout the week that will include basketball, softball, tennis, wrestling, track and field, cross country, golf, martial arts, stickball and beach volleyball.
In addition to these 10 sports, a Jim Thorpe Native American All-Star Football Game will take place on Friday, June 14th. The football game will showcase Native American high school seniors from across Oklahoma. Remington Park will be the host site for the Opening Ceremony that will include children’s activities, zumba fitness demonstrations, stickball exhibitions and a 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Run.
Thousands of Native American athletes, primarily young people, will participate in the Jim Thorpe Native American Games; making it one of the largest events of its kind.
“The Native American communities know the importance and value of supporting healthy lifestyle choices for their youth. Some of the many benefits of the Games will include promoting leadership development, increasing cultural awareness and most importantly – motivating young people to achieve great things,” said Annetta Abbott (Choctaw), Executive Director. “Our young people are not only the leaders of the future; they are the leaders of today.”
The Jim Thorpe Native American Games are proud to welcome as presenting sponsors Nike N7, Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
“Without the support of the corporate community and the tribes the Games would not be possible,” said Abbott.