On June 23, 2012 we held the first Amazing Games formely called the Oklahoma Olympics. This was an opportunity for athletes with special needs to compete and play 5 events. We had over 60 special needs athletes and twice as many volunteers. This event was born from this amazing story:
In May of 2012, a group of 9 athletes called the Owasso Grads had trained all year and were now prepared to take on the competition. There was a mix up in the paper work for the Special Olympics and they were unable to compete. Obviously, these athletes were devstated by the news. Many of them had competed in the Special Olympics since they were small children.
Brooke Kerr had been planning all year to regain her title in Bocce ball. She had been the former state champion and had gotten runner up last year. On her birthday, she received news that she would be unable to compete due to paperwork. The games began on May 10 and she was devistated.
Brooke was the Volunteer of the Year at Bailey Medical Center and had to leave work because she was so heart-broken. Brooke and her family are also members of First Christian Church of Owasso and they began praying for the kids.
Within a day of the news Bailey Medical Center and First Church in Owasso had partnered together to create this event. Bailey CEO Keith Mason and Dr. JoeBob Kirk began to champion this event in the Owasso communtiy and then began to reach out to other special needs athletes in Oklahoma.
Within a few days of the news First United Methodist Church, Chick-Fil-A Owasso Market and Owasso Public Schools reached out to the Owasso Grads. In the following weeks many other people and businesses have asked to help with the event. Please see a list of the sponsors below who have helped make the Oklahoma Olympics, now called the Amazing Games a reality.
The focus of the event and its organizers has always been to "Let them play". Special Olympics is a fanstastic organization that has enabled thousands of athletes with special needs an opportunity to compete for over 30 years. This event was designed to give athletes another opportunity to play.
The Owasso Grads team has been sponsored by the Northeastern Transition Team (NETT). The NETT is no longer in existence, but all proceeds go to First Church and is allocated specifically for the mission to provide educational and social events to young adults that have disabling conditions.
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Dr. Joe Bob Kirk
Dr. Kirk is the Development Director for the bariatric program at Bailey Medical Center located in Tulsa/Owasso, Oklahoma. Dr Kirk’s practice is directed to the before, peri-operative, and after surgery care of the weight loss surgery patient.