Applications now accepted for 2021 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

New York City, August 8-13


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VA and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) are hosting the 40th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in New York City, August 8-13, 2021. Applications from eligible Veterans interested in competing may be completed online at www.wheelchairgames.org, and the application period is open now through April 2.

“The National Veterans Wheelchair Games represent VA’s commitment to our injured Veterans from the moment they begin recovery and rehabilitation to remaining active and independent through adaptive sports,” said Dave Tostenrude, VA’s director of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. “This year will be special as we celebrate 40 years of supporting Veterans through the Games and honoring their unstoppable drive and determination.”

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The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a sports and rehabilitation program for military Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or other neurological conditions. Each year, hundreds of Veterans travel from around the country to compete in the Games, the world’s largest annual multi-sport wheelchair competition for Veterans.

Veterans will compete in more than 20 events, including: adaptive e-Sports, adaptive fitness, air pistol and rifle, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, disc golf, field events, hand cycling, nine-ball, power soccer, wheelchair rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, and track. Athletes compete against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. Events will be held throughout New York City, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and the famous Rucker’s Park.

For more information, visit www.wheelchairgames.org and follow VA Adaptive Sports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 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 more than 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.

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