At this momentous event, paralyzed veterans and disabled military will compete in 18 events including air guns, track and bowling.
The Games are presented each year by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), with additional support from numerous corporate and community sponsors.
The largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world--the National Veterans Wheelchair Games--will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, this year where approximately 600 veteran athletes from across the United States, Puerto Rico and Great Britain will compete throughout an exciting week of competition, camaraderie and fun.
The Wheelchair Games include 18 events:
Air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, field, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting.
Veteran athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the winners of each event.
Admission is free and open to the public.
The community is encouraged to attend.
For more information, including a full schedule of events and registration information please visit www.wheelchairgames.org or download the NVWG mobile app on Google Play or the Apple app store.
And be sure to follow #NVWG hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the week for videos, photos and special messages from supporters within sports, music, film and television industries.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The Games are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition as a result of spinal cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America Buckeye Chapter and the Cincinnati VA Medical Center are the hosts of this year's Games.
Monday, July 17-22, 2017
Duke Energy Convention Center*
525 Elm Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
*Outdoor events held throughout the city. Visit www.wheelchairgames.org for locations.
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis. As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)
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