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OCU Participates in Riversport Challenge and National Health Initiative
Rowing and canoe/kayak coaches from Oklahoma City University will participate in Olympic Day and the Let’s Move! Riversport Challenge at Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will be a guest of honor along with Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Dominique Dawes. OCU rowing Coach Mike Knopp said the event will put the city in the national spotlight as an example of how communities can fight childhood obesity. Let’s Move! is a healthy lifestyle campaign started by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama. It is intended to bring together community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses and parents in a nationwide effort to reduce childhood obesity. “We’re planning activities that will show children that staying in shape can be fun,” Knopp said. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Sebelius and Dawes will speak at noon at the Chesapeake Boathouse stage. Cornett will issue an official proclamation naming June 11 Olympic Day in Oklahoma City. Following the program, Olympic hopefuls from the OKC National High Performance Center will have a variety of activities and fitness challenges including a 50-yard dash, basketball, gymnastics and land-based rowing and kayaking. The activities are designed for children and youth ages 6 to 18. Pre-registration is encouraged by sending an e-mail to info@riversportokc.org. The Chesapeake Boathouse is located at 725 S. Lincoln Boulevard. Olympic Day celebrations are held in more than 160 countries around the world during the month of June. Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games, Olympic Day is an international effort to promote fitness and well-being and the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship.