“Each year our members look forward to this event for competition and camaraderie. For many of them, the Wheelchair Games are a turning point, as they move from homebound to active and involved in their communities. “, said Jennifer purser, Senior Associate Director of PVA Sports, Paralyzed Veterans of America. “Meanwhile, many athletes are returning not only to compete, but also to mentor newly injured veterans – these are just a few of the many reasons the Wheelchair Games are so special. “
Veterans from across the country actively participate in 20 adapted sports, including wheelchair basketball, swimming, cycling, weightlifting, power soccer and more, in person and at home. Long-standing partners PVA and VA provide veterans with disabilities with specialized health care and recreational opportunities, such as Wheelchair Games, to help them thrive and lead full, independent lives.
“We use the Wheelchair Games to inspire our Veterans to challenge themselves, be active and stay healthy, both mentally and physically,” said David Tostenrude, VA Director of the National Wheelchair Veterans Games. rolling. “Veterans are introduced to adapted sports to regain their strength and boost their confidence while in rehab in hospitals in Virginia.”
Among the many highlights of this year’s Wheelchair Games is disc golf, which was recently added to the sports lineup. Other highlights for 2021 include wheelchair basketball, which will be played at Rucker Park in Harlem, and powerlifting, which will take place atop Rockefeller Center. For the latest information on the National Wheelchair Veterans Games, visit jeuxfauteuil.org. For additional high resolution photos, visit our Flickr site.
PVA and VA thank the generous sponsors for their support for this year’s event, which includes: First Nation Group, UPS, VCS, Nike, Invacare, Weis Markets, Deloitte, Penske Truck Leasing, Bristol Myers Squibb, TriWest, Leidos, NMEDA, Permobil, Sunrise Medical, Genentech, Windstream, Comcast NBCUniversal, Cigna, Tishman Spire, American Airlines, EquipSystems, 4imprint and Xerox.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressional veterans service organization dedicated solely to the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For 75 years, the organization has ensured that veterans receive the benefits earned through service to our nation; supervised their care in the VA spinal cord trauma units; and funded research and education in finding a cure and better care for people with paralysis.
As a long-standing partner and advocate for veterans and all people with disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America also develops training and career services, strives to ensure accessibility of buildings and public spaces, and offers health and rehabilitation opportunities through sport and recreation. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans of America serves veterans, their families and caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Colombia, and Porto Rico. Learn more about PVA.org.
About the Department of Veterans Affairs:
The Department of Veterans Affairs, National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events, offers Veterans the opportunity to enhance their independence, well-being and quality of life through adapted sports and therapeutic arts programs. As a leader in adaptive sports and therapeutic arts programs that complement the VA rehabilitative care system, the program encourages veterans and members of the military with disabilities to expand beyond perceived limits.
In service of this mission, the office runs six national rehab events providing direct patient care to veterans eligible for VA healthcare. These programs encompass Adaptive Sports Medicine formalized as a specialty of practice and offer the largest coordinated therapeutic arts program for veterans.
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SOURCE Paralyzed Veterans of America; US Department of Veterans Affairs