For the eighth time in the last 11 years, and a record-setting 13th time since the games began in 1992, Parker University has claimed the overall team championship at the Chiro Games. The 2015 edition of the Chiro Games, which matched student-athletes from every Chiropractic school in the nation, as well as Canadian Memorial, featured 12 schools battling in 13 different sports Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Parker, represented by 97 students, claimed gold medals in women’s basketball, tennis, swimming, table tennis and softball to outdistance New York Chiropractic 90-72 for top honors. Palmer-Florida (54), Palmer (26) and Canadian Memorial (22) rounded out the top five. Parker also claimed a silver medal in running as well as bronze medals in golf, flag football, men’s soccer and men’s basketball. Fourth place honors for the Patriots went to beach volleyball and women’s soccer. In all, Parker earned team points in every sport it entered and for just the third time in the history of the games, every student-athlete from Parker left the awards ceremony with a medal. Parker’s five championships also outdistanced New York and Palmer-Florida by three titles.
The Patriots strongest challenge came from New York, which featured its best team since winning its only Chiro Games championship 12 years ago. NYCC claimed top honors in men’s basketball and women’s soccer, while Palmer-Florida topped the award’s stand in beach volleyball and golf. Palmer (men’s soccer), Logan (flag football), CMCC (hockey) and National (running) claimed the other gold medals.
“We entered the 2015 Chiro Games as the favorite to win the overall championship,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Steve Weller, “and we didn’t disappoint anyone.” This was really a strong team from top to bottom. Our five championships equals a school record, but as important was the way our students represented Parker and Chiropractic. We have a proud tradition at the games and we lived up to it again this year. You know, when you have won the title as often as Parker, every team is gunning for you, but our student-athletes welcomed the challenge.”
About Parker University
Dallas-based Parker University, formerly known as Parker College of Chiropractic, is one of the world’s leading educators of health care professionals. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit, educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic and other leaders in health care-related professions. Parker University offers twelve different degree programs as well as continuing education specializations and certifications. Parker University also includes the Parker Research Institute, which provides sound, scientific evidence supporting health and wellness; two chiropractic wellness clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; Parker Seminars, the largest chiropractic seminar organization in the world, and Parker SHARE Products that provide innovative, high quality products, and current information on chiropractic wellness. For additional information about Parker University, visit the website at www.parker.edu.