More MS news articles for Oct 2001

Former Cherokee Resident Chose to Carry Olympic Flame


Katrina (Means) Shaklee, a 1991 graduate of Cherokee High School, has been chosen to be a Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torchbearer. 7,200 torchbearers were selected to carry the Olympic Flame on its 65-day, 13,500 mile journey from Atlanta, Ga. to Salt Lake City. Torchbearers were selected from more than 210,000 inspirational nominees. Shaklee will carry the flame as it travels through Oklahoma City on Jan. 11, 2002.

Shaklee received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1995 and eventually went on to receive her Master of Arts in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1998. Just a month after receiving her Master's degree, Shaklee was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Having worked in event management, Shaklee began to formulate the idea of hosting events for physically disabled athletes. In February of 2000, she formed a non-profit organization -- The Sports Group, Inc. and created the Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities.

Now an annual event, the Endeavor Games is held June of each year in Edmond. This year the event attracted 176 athletes from 12 states and Costa Rica. Because of the success of the Endeavor Games, The Sports Group recently held its 2nd event -- the Oklahoma Amputee Golf Tournament at Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond.

In 2000, Shaklee received the SGMA (Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association) Heroes Award from Oklahoma. This was in recognition of outstanding contribution to her local sports community and beyond. She also serves on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk Committee (Oklahoma City Chapter) and was featured on the cover of Edmond Life and Leisure in June for her work with the Endeavor Games.

In addition to her duties as the Executive Director of The Sports Group, she is the Public Relations Director of The Robertson Group Advertising Agency in Oklahoma City.

Shaklee is the daughter of Tom and Kathleen Means of Edmond and the granddaughter of Curtis and Averille Peters and Gerald and Reda Means, all of Cherokee. Shaklee resides in Edmond with her husband, J.D., a 1992 graduate of Jet-Nash High School.