Want to do something amazing this summer and make a difference in a Veteran’s life? The 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games is coming to Orlando, Florida, July 30 to Aug. 4 and your help is needed.
Co-presented by VA and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the games inspire Veterans living with conditions such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, amputations and other physical disabilities to lead healthier and more active lives through sports and recreation.
Some 600 Veterans from across the United States will descend on Orlando to compete in over 19 different sporting events. Events such as wheelchair basketball, softball, swimming, cycling, quad rugby and — new to 2018 — golf will demonstrate to the Veterans and to those fortunate to witness the competitions that disability doesn’t mean inability.
This can only happen with your assistance. More than 3,000 volunteers are needed during the week to help with the events, transportation and countless other support roles necessary to make the games happen. For opportunities to get involved and to sign up, please visit the website at www.wheelchairgames.org.
Look forward to seeing you in Orlando!
About the author: Dave Tostenrude is the director of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. He has been with the VA since 1990, beginning as a recreation therapist at the VA in Seattle and grown within the organization. During that time he has always been a strong advocate for therapeutic sports and recreation opportunities to support the health and quality of life for Veterans.