The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of
America are proud to announce that Permobil will serve as a Sustaining
Host Sponsor for the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games,
which begin today in Philadelphia with events like track, field, tennis
and basketball and continue through Sunday, August 17.
"The support of our sponsors is vital to the success of the National
Veterans Wheelchair Games. We thank Permobil for their support of this
important rehabilitative event for our disabled veterans and for their
commitment to our veteran wheelchair athletes," said Al Kovach, national
president of Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Permobil will also serve as one of the event host sponsors for the air
rifle and power soccer competitions.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America,
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, and are focused
on providing therapeutic, holistic treatments through adaptive sports.
"These Games are empowering veterans with disabilities to improve their
lives through sports and recreation," said Dave Tostenude, Director of
the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. "The athletes return home with
the attitude and information of what they can do, versus, what they
Veterans at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games will compete in 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. This year's Wheelchair Games will also feature an
exhibition of wheelchair lacrosse. Athletes compete in all events
against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or
age. All events are free and open to the public to attend.
For more information about the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games,
please visit www.wheelchairgames.org.
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously
injured American heroes from the "Greatest Generation" of World War II.
They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they
faced back in the 1940s - from a medical community not ready to treat
them to an inaccessible world. For more than 68 years, Paralyzed
Veterans' national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have
been making America a better place for all veterans and people with
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of National Veterans
Sports Programs & Special Events is the recognized world leader in
rehabilitative and recreational therapies for disabled Veterans. VA
promotes the rehabilitation of body and spirit by operating adaptive
sports clinics and competitions around the nation. Learn more about VA's
adaptive sports programs and partnerships at www.va.gov/adaptivesports.
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