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Team OC Hosts Free Fitness Festival with Olympic Gold Medalist Earl Young

Oklahoma Christian University students and staff want the community to know that health is no joke. Team OC and Eagles Health Initiative are hosting the Team OC Fitness and Wellness Festival on April 1. Participants will hear Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor Earl Young speak about his life-saving bone marrow transplant. The free festival will kickoff with sunrise yoga at 6:30 a.m., the Choose Your K race, health classes and a fitness exposition from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TeamOC instructors and local fitness vendors such as Body Mind Yoga, Pilates Nook and Cycle Bar will host a nutrition and fitness expo from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with giveaways and drawings, including a VivoFit3 and fitness memberships. In addition, the festival will feature several talks about mental health, nutrition and even a self-defense class. Director of Team OC Fitness and Wellness Darci Thompson said the festival will entertain the whole family.

“We are hopeful it will be a great event for our campus and local community,” Thompson said. “With our unique fitness classes, local vendors, kids programming, food trucks and health seminars, we really feel that we will have something to offer everyone.”

Eagles Health Initiative’s Delete Blood Cancer program will return for the second year. EHI is working with DKMS, a nonprofit organization that registers potential bone marrow donors to the national bone marrow registry. Olympic gold medalist Earl Young will share his story of defeating acute leukemia and his remarkable recovery. Young said it was one person’s bravery that made all the difference for him.

"My donor is Christine Waag from Offenberg, Germany,” Young said. “Christine became a donor just two weeks before I was diagnosed. She was the only match for me out of the 22 million registered donors. If she had not become a donor, I would not be here to tell the story. Please don’t think that one person does not make a difference.”

Family Fun will begin at 10:30 featuring Kids Yoga, Kids Zumba and face painting, and lunch and snacks will be available from local food trucks.

“The Fitness Festival will be a great opportunity for community members to try some of the amazing fitness classes that TeamOC and local businesses offer, EHI President Jan Bian said. “We want people to be excited about getting fit because that is the first step to a long and healthy life. Our Delete Blood Cancer event is a great opportunity for people to truly make a difference in another person's life.”

To register for the festival,visit oc.edu/festival. The first 100 registrants will receive a free gift. To learn more about Team OC, visit www.oc.edu/organizations/team-oc. All festival activities are free except the Choose Your K race and the food trucks. The chip-timed race is $10 to $20 based on distances, which can range from 5 to 30 kilometers. To register for the Choose Your K race, go to oc.edu/chooseyourk.

About Team OC:

TeamOC offers fitness plans, facilities, activities and support to help busy people enhance their overall health.Every year, Team OC is in the top 3 for organizing the most volunteers from one organization at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. With up to 500 Team OC runners, the group is one of the largest organizations every year. Through the Team OC program, Oklahoma Christian is challenging faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to improve their fitness and equip themselves to handle their busy schedules. To learn more, visit oc.edu/teamoc.

About Eagles Health Initiative:

Eagles Health Initiative was founded by six students who saw a lack of mental, physical and spiritual health awareness in their community. What started as an organization about health awareness quickly transformed into organization that wanted to educate and serve its community but to also serve it. With the help of faculty and staff who also have a heart for service and health, EHI became an official co-curricular organization on OC’s campus. For more information, visit oc.edu/ehi

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