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Ohio Wesleyan to Host 2011 Bishop Championship Games
Children and Adults with Special Needs to Compete in Special Olympics-Style Event

March 28, 2011

DELAWARE, OH – Registration is under way for special needs children, youth, and adults to compete in The Bishop Champion Games, to be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Selby Field, 45 S. Henry St., Delaware.

This track-and-field community service event is open to anyone age 8 and older with physical or mental disabilities. It is sponsored by the Ohio Wesleyan University Athletic Council and intended to provide an opportunity for special needs individuals to compete in sports events just like college athletes. The games are operated by volunteers from the campus and local community.

Participants may register through April 7 at no charge to compete in events that include a 50-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 800-meter walk/run, power chair races, a football/softball throw, long jump, standing broad jump, and high jump. During the 4-by-100 Wesleyan Relay, Ohio Wesleyan student-athletes will run the final lap. Register or sign up to volunteer at the event.

There will be an optional $3 entrance fee for spectators, and Bishop Champion Game T-shirts and water bottles will be sold with all proceeds used to fund the 2012 Bishop Champion Games.

In case of inclement weather, this event will be held indoors in the Gordon Field House in the Branch Rickey Center, 105 S. Sandusky St.

During the Bishop Champion Games, a colorfully painted vehicle will be on display nearby to promote the HaitiOWU Initiative, a service and education project involving all sectors of the Ohio Wesleyan community, including alumni. The truck, painted to resemble Haitian public transportation vehicles known as “Tap-taps,” will travel to community events as part of the effort of HaitiOWU Initiative “ambassadors” to educate others and raise funds to help impoverished children in Haiti.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.