Wellness Center/Olympic/Paralympic

Transforming our Community

We exist to raise the quality of life for those around us. Our programs and services get better with the quality of the people who use them. Since opening in 2004, we have impacted thousands of students, faculty and staff, community members and guests from around the world. Our desire to promote the wellness transformation of our constituents is stronger and more focused than ever.

Sport and Recreation for Your Life
We serve the internal campus community through progressive recreation programs. We meet the needs of our external community through unique partnerships
and high-level events.

  • Intramurals and Sport Clubs: We know participation in sport is central to a healthy lifestyle. We currently offer intramural competition for both men and women in more than 20 different sports and oversee four different sport clubs for those that want to participate in competitions against other universities/clubs around the region and nation.
  • Outdoor Recreation: Oklahoma is often referred to as an outdoor sportsman’s paradise. In 2009, our Center for Outdoor Adventure Recreation opened at Arcadia Lake through a partnership with the City of Edmond. We provide unprecedented access to outdoor archery, canoe, kayak, rowing and hiking. We also provide leadership and team building training through our ULEAD Challenge Course program and newly constructed Rock ‘N Central Climbing Wall.
  • Olympic & Paralympic Sports: We have a unique niche in the sporting world as the only university in the nation to be named an Official U.S Olympic (2009) & Paralympic (2005) training site. This consists of any Paralympic sport in addition to tae kwon do and volleyball. We currently host 14 resident athletes, who live, train and receive their education at Central. We also serve as the host-training site for both the Men and Women’s U.S. National Teams for Paralympic Sitting Volleyball.
  • Elite Sporting Competitions: The Endeavor Games for athletes with physical disabilities is the nation’s largest multi-sport competition of its kind. Additionally, we played host to the 2010 World Championships for Sitting Volleyball. This event brought 33 men and women’s teams from 25 countries to campus for the largest international volleyball competition to ever be staged in the United States.
  • Health and Fitness for Your Life: We strive to transform the wellness of our campus and surrounding communities by offering first class facilities and cutting edge-health promotion programs and initiatives.
  • First Class Facilities: We feature state of the art cardio and weight training equipment, an indoor walking/running track, one outdoor and two indoor basketball courts, a group fitness room, two classrooms and a fitness assessment lab. We also house the unique Mercy Clinic at UCO, providing students, faculty and staff access to medical care when they need it. Services include diagnostic x-rays, lab and access to Mercy’s comprehensive electronic health record.
  • Healthy Campus: Our Healthy Campus initiative is key for the transformative learning process, using education to encourage positive decisions that lead to a full lifestyle with vitality and meaning. Some of the program highlights include: Bum-A-Bike, free bicycle rental for our campus community; Walk this Weigh, a campus, City of Edmond and other interested businesses/individuals community walking program and a Tobacco Free Campus.
  • Health Promotion: Through the use of speakers, special events, and comprehensive literature, we promote healthy living education to our campus and surrounding communities. Our focus is: alcohol use, nutrition, physical activity, self-esteem, sexual health, stress management, suicide prevention and tobacco use.
  • Peer Education: We promote leadership and encourage optimal health and wellness through programs that align our priority areas of health promotion, while providing a unique model of effective delivery.
How You Can Help
We are working to raise $500,000 to enhance our life changing and award winning programs offered to the campus and surrounding communities. Your support will ensure continued up-to-date equipment, utilization of the latest technology and innovative programming to continually raise the quality of life of those around us.

For more information, contact Ryan Siler, development manager for the Wellness Center, at (405) 974-3137 or rsiler2@uco.edu

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