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The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, scheduled to occur Sept. 20 to 25 in San Diego, Cali., has been canceled amid concerns surrounding COVID-19.

VA made this decision out of an abundance of caution for the health, safety and well-being of Veterans and their families, our employees and community partners. Our goal is to limit exposure to vulnerable populations like older Veterans and those with underlying medical conditions, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. VA looks forward to serving Veterans for the 2021 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego.

Providing access and education to a variety of summer activities and adaptive sports, the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic promotes the value of rehabilitation through sports therapy. The mission of this innovative program is to provide a training ground for Veterans and health care providers, and to instill the value of therapeutic adaptive sports as a viable means to aid in community re-entry and adjustment.

The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic offers adventure sports and recreational activities including sailing, surfing, kayaking, and cycling. Complementing the therapy provided in daily rehabilitation programs, the Clinic shares a glimpse of the many exciting opportunities awaiting those Veterans who accept the challenge. Veterans and therapists are able to return home and implement a treatment plan emphasizing similar experiences on a regular basis. As part of VA’s continued commitment to improving the quality of life for Veterans, this program is offered as a method to build a strong foundation furthering each Veteran’s dedication to their overall rehabilitation, health and pursuit of a rewarding lifestyle.

VA San Diego Healthcare System hosts the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic each year in the San Diego, Cali. community.

Important NVSSC Information

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
VA is committed to improving the quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. Participants will develop sports skills and take part in a variety of adaptive sports workshops. Clinic participation demonstrates that having a physical or visual disability is not an obstacle to an active rewarding life.

Founding Sponsor:

Veterans Canteen Service (VCS)

VCS is proud to be a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a self-sustaining entity, VCS provides merchandise and services to Veterans enrolled in VA’s Health Care System, their families, caregivers, VA employees, volunteers and visitors. We are honored to “give back” to the VA through many programs established for the health and well-being of our nation’s heroes. Revenues generated from VCS are used to support a variety of Veteran programs.

Host:
VA San Diego Healthcare System

Program Specialist:
For questions regarding the NVSSC, please contact
Analisa Enoch
(858) 642-3658

Communications Director:
Michael Molina
(202) 560-7305

Eligibility:
Participation is open to post 9/11 Veterans who are currently engaged in a rehabilitation or other treatment program, or to Veterans whose current rehabilitation goals would benefit from the value of adaptive summer sports. Qualifying disabilities include: spinal cord injuries, amputations, visual impairments, neurological conditions, PTSD, burns, and TBI/Poly Trauma.

Program Specialist:
For questions regarding the NVSSC, please contact
Analisa Enoch
(858) 642-3658

Communications Director:
Michael Molina
(202) 560-7305

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