Military service veterans who use wheelchairs don’t just watch sports – they’re part of the action! They enjoy competitive events like air guns, archery, basketball, bowling, field events, handcycling, motorized wheelchair rallys, nine-ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting.
Those are the sports offered at the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world to be held in Richmond, VA, June 25-30, 2012 – the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
It is a multi-event sports and rehabilitation program for military service veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological problems.
The event, which attracts more than 500 athletes each year, is presented annually by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
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 before participated in any type of organized wheelchair sports competition.
- Athletes compete against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age.
- Don’t miss the mobility dealers’ Disabled Sports, Recreation & Fitness Exposition to see the latest and greatest mobility products and services.
- Admission is free to the public.
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 Sports Club Finder at va.gov/adaptivesports. It connects you with community-based programs, including Paralympic Sports Clubs, developed to provide sports programming and physical activity opportunities for disabled Veterans along with youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of skill level. All programs and activities at these organizations are based in the community and run by the local organization.
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.
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