The National Veterans Wheelchair Games Open

A Veteran demonstrates how Slalom is done at the 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games kickoff ceremony Monday. It includes 17 different sports that promote rehabilitation through rigorous competition among Veterans. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

More than 500 of America’s best wheelchair athletes, all disabled U.S. military Veterans are set to compete in the 32nd annual Veterans Wheelchair Games.

The events are being held in Richmond, VA this year. The competition will be hosted in Tampa, FL in 2013.

“The Games display to the world what we already know about these Veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in a news release. “At this competition and during their rehabilitation throughout the year, they show the same determination and grit that they showed during their service to our Nation.”

The Games are presented yearly by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). The National Veterans Wheelchair Games started in Richmond, VA in 1981 with the motto is ‘Thus do we reach the stars.’

Secretary Eric Shinseki speaks with a Veterans at the 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which are taking places from June 25- June 30 in Richmond, Virginia. Photographer: Ken Holt. Photo Courtesy Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

The first Games featured 74 Veterans from 14 states competed in sports ranging from table tennis and billiards, to swimming and weightlifting.

Results from the various events are available HERE.

For the third year, stand-up events will be held in archery and table tennis for athletes who have amputations and choose to compete using prosthetic devices instead of their wheelchairs.

Kids day at the games is scheduled Wednesday, June 28, where local children with disabilities will meet the athletes and learn about wheelchair sports.

Admission to the Games is free to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend. Veterans competing in the games come from nearly every state, as well as Puerto Rico and Great Britain.

Tampa is the selected site for the 2013 National Veterans Wheelchair Games on July 13-18, 2013. The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and the Florida Gulf Coast and Central Florida Chapters of Paralyzed Veterans of America will host the events.


3 Responses

  1. When we say that a man is ever a man, whatever is his situation, we say a right thinghs, we exprime the reality. And you, veterans, are the example of such. Your will mouve your body, your skill is rose by your force of volunty. You represent for alls us an example of how the force in an interior predisposition and not a muscle expression.
    Thanks for those lessons, we receive from you claudio alpaca

  2. Pinned this on my Pinterest Board.
    Thank you for all you do.

  3. If you want to get a preview of the Games check out the Following Davis blog series. We are following a local competitor through his training in the run up to the games. Check it out here:

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