Military service veterans who use wheelchairs don’t just watch sports – they’re part of the action! They enjoy competitive events including basketball, softball, swimming, cycling, lifting, trap shooting, and more. These sports and others are offered at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world, which kicked off Monday and continues through Saturday, August 4, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.
This annual multi-event sports and rehabilitation program for military service veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological problems, attracts more than 500 athletes each year and is presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).
NMEDA is honored to be a Silver Level sponsor of this year’s 38th annual event and had the pleasure of welcoming attendees via video and also attending the opening day’s events. Check out our welcome video here.
While past Games have produced national and world-class champions, the Games also provide opportunities for newly-disabled veterans to gain new skills and be exposed to other wheelchair athletes.
Typically, one quarter of the competitors have never participated in any type of organized wheelchair sports competition. Athletes compete against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience, or age.
To learn more and watch the livestream of the 38th Annual NVWG please visit www.wheelchairgames.org. Get a behind the scenes look by following the games with #NVWG on social media or for updates on scores and event details, download the NVWG App.
No matter your age or athletic ability, there is an adaptive sport for you. If you aren’t sure which one is suitable for your disability, visit the US Paralympics Sports Club Finder or Sports Abilities.com. These sites offer resources searchable by location to help connect you with local events, programs, and organizations.
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is a sponsor of the National Wheelchair Games and is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers. Find a dealer near you today: www.nmeda.org/locate-dealer.