League brings ‘spirit’ of fun, accomplishment to disabled people

By Traci Chapman

A special Yukon sports league is broadening its horizons beyond the city’s borders to bring fun and a sense of accomplishment to disabled people.

Yukon Spirit League is a sports league designed for children and adults with disabilities, said Justin Culpepper, recreation leader with the Yukon Community Center. Two leagues – one each for basketball and bowling – are currently forming, Culpepper said.

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“Both leagues will foster teamwork and socialization, as well as development of basketball and bowling skills,” he said.

“The league is open to any person with special needs in the metro – we have a few from El Reno, Bethany, Mustang, Oklahoma City and more,” Culpepper said.

Spirit Bowling will begin Feb. 5 and run each Tuesday through the month, Culpepper said. Games will be held at AMF Yukon Lanes, located at 500 E. Main, and will begin at 4 p.m. Cost for the league is $25, which includes two games per week and shoe rental, Culpepper said.

“Lane bumpers and ball ramps will be available for the bowlers to use if needed,” he said.

Spirit Basketball is set for each Saturday, beginning Feb. 16 through March 9, Culpepper said. Those games will be held at the Yukon Community Center, located at 2200 S. Holly Avenue. Games begin at 10 a.m., Culpepper said. Cost is $10 for the league, and play will be tailored to individual abilities, he said.

“Both leagues are wheelchair-friendly and all people with disabilities are encouraged to participate,” Culpepper said. “The leagues also use coaches, family members and volunteers as buddies to assist the players and become their friends.”

To become a Yukon Spirit League player or volunteer as a buddy, call the Yukon Parks and Recreation Office at 350-8937, or stop by the office, located at 532 W. Main. The Yukon Spirit League is sponsored by Yukon Parks and Recreation and Mandi’s Ministries.

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