The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). More than 500 Veterans compete in seventeen sporting events, including basketball, bowling, softball, hand-cycling, air pistol and rugby.
The games, currently running in Philadelphia through August 17th, are part of a sports and rehabilitation program for military Veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, amputations *or* certain neurological problems. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games attract more than 500 athletes each year, making this event the largest annual wheelchair sports competition in the world. This year’s event in
The VA and its partners in the games are committed to improving the quality of life for Veterans with disabilities and promoting better health through athletic competition. While previous games have produced a number of national and world-class champions, the games also provide opportunities for newly-disabled Veterans to gain sports skills and be exposed to other wheelchair athletes.
The public is welcomed to attend the games and support these heroes as they compete for gold. Admission is free at all of the events at venues across Philadelphia. Service members, Veterans, Military families and the general public are invited and encouraged to cheer for the brave men and women participating in this year’s games.
For a complete list and schedule of events, down load the pdf here.
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Military Connection: Veteran Wheelchair Games: By Debbie Gregory