After years of providing wheelchair basketball, softball, quad rugby and other traditional sports, Paralyzed Veterans of America decided to launch a new Fitness and Wellness program designed to get more paralyzed veterans – as well as others with disabilities – involved in high-energy sports such as handcycling, wheelchair racing and triathlons.
The Paralyzed Veterans Racing Team, which is comprised of paralyzed veterans and other veterans with disabilities, competes at cycling and marathon events around the country. The team focuses on races such as those on the U.S. Handcycling Racing Series, cycling races which help veterans get into the pipeline to excel.
The team has two levels of support available to qualifying athletes (Open/A-Team) and involves other athletes on the team as Associate Members. Associate Members don't receive stipends and are vetted by an active team member. Finally, each team member is independent in their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). In cases where members need assistance with their ADLs and/or other necessary personal support to race, that coordination and cost will be the sole responsibility of the athlete.
Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 2017 Schedule
FITNESS AND WELLNESS PROGRAM
The Fitness and Wellness Program works with Paralyzed Veterans chapters, VA hospitals and others in setting up adapted cycling programs in their areas. In addition, we work with Invacare Top End in providing one-day handcycling clinics to clinicians and participants all over the country.
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