Games Named for Jim Thorpe – ‘World’s Greatest Athlete’
SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA — An exciting week of athletic competition will take place in Shawnee during the month of June in honor of one of Oklahoma’s greatest athletes. The Third Annual Jim Thorpe Native American Games will take place June 8-14, 2014 at different venues throughout Shawnee including: Oklahoma Baptist University St. Gregory’s University, the Ballfields at Firelake, Firelake Golf Course and Shawnee High School.
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 1,500 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, beach volleyball, and stickball and lacrosse exhibitions.
In addition to these 11 sports, a Jim Thorpe Native American All-Star Football Game will take place on Friday, June 13, 2014 at Oklahoma Baptist University. The football game will showcase Native American high school seniors from across Oklahoma. The new Firelake Arena will be the host site for the Opening Ceremony that will include a Parade of Nations, children’s activities, health fair, and a stickball exhibition.
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.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to make the move to Shawnee. This community takes great pride in their ties to Jim Thorpe, and have welcomed the event with open arms,” said Annetta Abbott, (Choctaw) executive director of Jim Thorpe Native American Games.
“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 Abbott. “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.
“I want everyone to know that I am very excited to hear that the Jim Thorpe Native American games are going to be conducted in our city this summer. I am always amazed at what can be done in a community when so many people pull together and what great things they can make happen,” said Wes Mainord, Mayor of Shawnee.
“With Shawnee being the home of Jim Thorpe of the Sac and Fox Nation and his family, we are honored to host this event highlighting the athletic accomplishments of this Native American legend,” stated Kinlee Farris, Executive Director Shawnee Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our hotels, attractions, restaurants and retailers have come together to volunteer, provide sponsorships, and support this event. Without them, none of this would be possible.”
For additional information on the Games call 405-208-9253 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.jimthorpegames.com .