James Thorpe (1888-1953), athlete, shown in his football gear.

The 2012 Jim Thorpe Native American Games Will Honor a Legend

ICTMN Staff
11/7/11

Mark your calendars. In ink. The Jim Thorpe Association will stage the 2012 Jim Thorpe Native American Games in Oklahoma City June 10-17, 2012.

Athletes at the Games, representing Indian nations, bands and tribes from across the United States and Canada, will display their talents in sports ranging from stickball to tennis to martial arts. The weeklong event will also celebrate the “World’s Greatest Athlete,” Thorpe, Wa-tho-huck (Bright Path), an Olympic and football legend.  He was also a baseball star, infamously.

The 2012 games will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Thorpe’s accomplishments at the 1912 Olympic Games, where he won the gold medal in both the decathlon and the pentathlon. But the medals were later taken away because he had previously played professional baseball, in violation of the “amateur” requirement of the games. The medals were restored by the International Olympic Committee in 1983, some thirty years after his death.

Thorpe, Sac and Fox, was an Oklahoma native. His spirit will influence and inspire  both the games and the participating athletes. The games will be held in several locations across Oklahoma City.

The Jim Thorpe Association is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that encourages excellence in sports, academics, health and fitness; preserves our sports heritage and builds pride and positive lifestyles in the spirit of Jim Thorpe. According to their website, the proceeds from the Games will benefit the Jim Thorpe Bright Path Youth programs, which are designed to build confidence, self-esteem and promote positive youth development, and Native American diabetes research.

For more information on the Games, and how to sponsor them, please visit JimThorpeGames.com

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