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VA’s Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events provides Veterans with opportunities for health and healing through adaptive sports and therapeutic art programs. These specialized rehabilitation events aim to optimize Veterans’ independence, community engagement, well-being, and quality of life. The programs are built on clinical expertise within VA, with essential support from Veteran Service Organizations, corporate sponsors, individual donors and community partners.

For more information or to learn how to get involved today, contact us at sports4vets@va.gov.

The Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for Veterans and Servicemembers with disabilities (ASG Program) provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of sustainable adaptive sport activities that Veterans and Servicemembers with disabilities have to participate in physical activity including those for mental health issues within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sport programs at the regional and national levels.

2019 Adaptive Sports Grant Recipients List

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Interested in becoming a Paralympic athlete? The VA National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office provides a monthly assistance allowance for Veterans with disabilities training in Paralympic sports, as well as certain Veterans with disabilities selected for or competing with the national Olympic Team, as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 322(d) and Section 703 of the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008.

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Find more videos from VA’s Adaptive Sports & Therapeutic Arts programs. Visit our Special Events Playlist.

Shifting Gears at Home

The National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events program is excited to debut its first ever at-home events for the 2020 National Veterans Golden Age Games and the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (in partnership with Paralyzed Veterans of America). Although our in-person events were canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, our mission continues to improve Veterans’ independence, well-being, and quality of life through adaptive sports. From adaptive gaming, adaptive fitness to cycling and powerwalking, the competition is on to see who will claim top award.

Let the Games Begin!

How to Watch and Support Athletes at Home

  • To support our athletes, follow along on social media and join the following events.
  • Follow VA Adaptive Sports & Arts @Sports4Vets to catch all the action.

For NVGAG, follow on Facebook and Webex:

National Veterans Golden Age Games   How to Watch:
Monday, June 22 – 6 p.m. ET Opening Ceremony
Click here to watch the NVGAG at Home Opening Ceremony
Facebook LIVE @Sports4Vets
Wednesday, June 24 – 1 p.m. ET Athlete Meet & Greet w/live appearance by special guest Rocky Bleier, Vietnam Veteran and Pittsburgh Steelers NFL legend

Click here to Register for NVGAG Athlete Engagement

For NVWG, follow on Facebook:

National Veterans Wheelchair Games   How to Watch:
Sunday, July 12 – 5 p.m. ET Opening Ceremony Facebook LIVE @Sports4Vets
Friday, July 17 – 12 p.m. ET Awards Ceremony Facebook LIVE @Sports4Vets
Friday, July 17 – 3 p.m. ET 5K (Cycle, Walk or Roll) Grab your sneakers and let’s get fit. Outdoors at your home/work/park near you