FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 19, 2012
Lani Poblete at 202-416-7667
HP to Serve as a Platinum Host Sponsor of 2012 Games
Washington, D.C.—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) proudly announces that HP will serve as a Platinum Host Sponsor for the world’s largest annual wheelchair sports event—the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, being held in Richmond, Va., June 25–30.
“Without the support of sponsors like HP, putting on an event as large as the Wheelchair Games wouldn’t be possible,” said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We thank HP for its continued support of the Games and commitment to our veteran wheelchair athletes.”
This marks the 14th year that HP will sponsor the Wheelchair Games. HP also sponsors Kids Day, a special day held during the Games each year where children with disabilities are introduced to adaptive sports. HP is providing HP TouchSmart PCs and an HP printer for the wheelchair accessible Internet Café. In addition, HP is providing HP Slate 500 tablet PCs for Paralyzed Veterans and VA staff to use throughout the week of the Games to assist with efforts to actively engage online audiences through social media.
“We’re excited to once again provide technology, funding and volunteers for this incredible event and continue HP’s long-standing support of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games,” said Tom Hempfield, vice president, U.S. Federal Business Organization, HP. “We applaud Paralyzed Veterans for giving our country’s heroes the opportunity to exceed their potential, and we remain committed to supporting our veterans.”
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans, 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 Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center and Mid-Atlantic Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America will host the 2012 Games.
Veterans at the Wheelchair Games will compete in 17 events: air guns, archery, basketball, 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 game of boccia ball. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. For more information about the 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games, go to www.wheelchairgames.va.gov or www.pva.org/wheelchairgames.
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 66 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 disabilities. (www.pva.org)