Veteran Athletes to Teach Sports to Kids with Disabilities

Army Veteran Laura Schwanger is one of 650 wheelchair athletes expected to compete in the 33rd annual Games.

Army Veteran Laura Schwanger is one of 650 wheelchair athletes expected to compete in the 33rd annual Games.

A special “Kids Day” is part of the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games this month in Tampa.

Children ages 4 to 14 with disabilities will get a chance to learn from world-class wheelchair athletes and even get awarded a medal for participation.

The kids will get an chance to play T-ball and basketball and learn how to wheelchair slalom. The special event is scheduled Monday, July 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 Franklin Street.

It’s open to Tampa area children with physical disabilities, however, advance registration is required.

Parents can register their child by contacting Brittany Pesak at  Brittany.Pesak@va.gov or call (706) 589-1229 or may contact Jason Labonte at Jason.Labonte@va.gov or call (727) 365-2505.

The National Veteran Wheelchair Games are co-hosted by the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America are the 2013 local co-hosts.

All of the athletes’ events are free. Members of the public are encouraged to come out and cheer on the veterans.

For a detailed schedule of Games events, visit the national website at http://www.wheelchairgames.va.gov.

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2 Responses

  1. How may we thanks disabled veterans who teach sports to young people with disabilities? Simply admiring them for the love they have for life, not only their but also those of others, for love drive them to love paralized youngs and encouraging them, for be men and women of valor and of high dignity, before whom we are very little . claudio alpaca

  2. These vets are all about service… to country, to others. Kudos to them!

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