Bart & Nadia Sports Experience a gold-medal worthy event
In an effort to improve the fitness and health for all Oklahomans, Olympic gold medalists Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci are providing free fun for the whole family at their tenth annual Bart & Nadia Sports Experience.
The event will be held at the Cox Convention Center on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition to those attending the Sports Experience, there will be approximately 2,500 young athletes competing in gymnastics and rowing competitions.
The Bart & Nadia Sports Experience features a wide array of sports competitions, interactive sports and fitness activities and demonstrations, exciting children’s activities and sports clinics. The Sports Experience is free and open to the public.
“We are honored to provide a free opportunity for kids to get excited about sports, and maybe they will learn a little about health and wellness, and making positive life choices,” said Olympic Gold Medalist Bart Conner.
Kids who come to the sports experience have the opportunity to participate in the Perfect 10 Fitness Challenge and win their very own gold medal.
“We are especially grateful to our partners and sponsors that helpt to provide activities such as basketball, rowing, slack lining, tennis, softball, gymnastics, crossfit, baseball, judo, cricket, hockey and BMX,” said Conner.
Among many powerhouses partnering with Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci in the Sports Experience are the OKC Boathouse Foundation, the University of Central Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the University of Oklahoma, the United States Tennis Association, International Judo Federation, the Oklahoma City Dodgers, USA Softball, the OKC Strikers cricket team, OKC Energy, Sooner Crossfit, and Special Olympics Oklahoma.
OKC RIVERSPORT will be hosting indoor rowing competitions, which involve racing on stationary ergometers. They will also have athletes from the USRowing High Performance Center in OKC on hand to teach children to erg and sign autographs.
The OKC Thunder will be providing the OG&E Thunder Bolt for kids to shoot baskets, a branded locker for photo opportunities, player measure ups and a photo booth.
Special Olympics Oklahoma will have a bocce ball court set up. Kids will have an opportunity to learn the basics of the life-long sport. Local celebrities will compete in a unified bocce ball tournament with Special Olympics Athletes on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
As part of the experience weekend, Bart and Nadia are hosting an NCAA women’s gymnastics competition as well as multiple age group gymnastics competitions for boys and girls.
- This year’s Perfect 10 Challenge NCAA women’s collegiate gymnastics meet on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at 6:45 p.m. will feature the University of Oklahoma, the three-time NCAA champions, competing against George Washington, the University of Washington and Arizona State. The gymnasts will be competing on an Olympic style podium in the main arena at the Cox Convention Center. Tickets for this unique event can be purchased through Tickemaster or at the Cox Arena box office. Tickets are $15 (2 & under free) and are FREE for university students with I.D.
- The Nadia Comaneci International Invitational is an age group competition with more than 1,600 Level 1 though Elite USAG and AAU athletes. They will compete over 3 days, Feb. 15-17, 2019 at the Cox Convention Center and Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy. Admission is $10 per day for adults, $5 per day for children 12 and under and free for children under 2. Weekend passes are available and you can pay at the door upon arrival.
- The Bart Conner International Invitational will consist of almost 500 boys, Level 4 and up, competiting in the 35th edition of this meet. Competitions will be Feb. 15-17, 2019. Admission is $10 per day for adults, $5 per day for children 12 and under and free for children under 2. Weekend passes are available and you can pay at the door upon arrival.
“We are not only excited to be hosting a weekend full of gymnastics, but we are thrilled to be providing Oklahomans with a day of free health information and fun fitness activities to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles,” Olympic Gold Medalist and legend Nadia Comaneci said.
The Bart & Nadia Sports Experience encourages families to take ownership of their health through activities that embrace Olympic, Paralympic and Special Olympics ideals with an emphasis on sports, nutrition and wellness. Please connect with them at www.BartandNadiaSportsExperience.com or on their social media platforms at www.facebook.com/BartNadiaSports and www.twitter.com/BartNadiaSports.