Applications accepted for 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games


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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications for the 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Registration began January 2 and will close April 15, 2018. Applications can be completed online at www.wheelchairgames.org. The 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games will take place in Orlando, Florida from July 30 – Aug 4.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games co-presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America is a sports and rehabilitation program for Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations, MS or other neurological conditions.

 

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Cycling is one of more than 17 events Veterans will compete in at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Applications are being accepted now through April 15 to attend the 2018 Games.

Each year, hundreds of disabled Veterans travel from around the country to compete in the Games. With them, they bring the fighting spirit and tenacity that defines the Veterans of our Armed Forces. Competitive events at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games include air guns, archery, basketball, bowling, boccia, field events, cycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine-ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting. This year in Orlando, golf has been added to the opportunities for Veterans to go head to head. Competitions pit those Veterans with similar athletic ability, competitive experience and age.

For more information, visit www.wheelchairgames.org and follow the Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events on social media at @Sports4Vets.

Author

Mike Molina

Mike Molina is a public affairs specialist with VA’s Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events. He has been a federal public affairs practitioner for nearly 20 years, including serving as public affairs officer at the Jesse Brown VA in Chicago and the Montana VA Health Care System in Helena, Montana. Mike is a Marine Corps Veteran and was an amateur boxer on the All-Marine Boxing Team while stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Comments

  1. Gary B McCann    

    These games and all other activities for veterans are only geared toward the well connected or
    wealthy veterans period. Not for the middle or low income veteran. FACT!!

  2. Lisa Buchholz    

    I was looking at the site wondering how I could volunteer at these games. I am not “well connected” and I too am not wealthy, furthermore, I am not a veteran – although I do come from a family steeped in military careers and I care that our wounded warriors can recuperate and thrive. Please feel free to contact me and tell me what you need or how you would like to participate in these games. I will try to help you raise the money and/or facilitate the acquisition of the right equipment you would need. You’ve obviously done something for me. How can I do something for you?

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