Games General Information

wheelchair basketball at 2013 National Veterans Wheelchair GamesPhiladelphia, PA
August 12-17, 2014 

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are presented each year by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America with additional support from numerous corporate and community sponsors.

The Philadelphia VA Medica Center and the National Paralyzed Veterans of America office are hosting the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The events take place in and around Philadelphia, PA, August 12-17, 2014.

Athletes can register at this link. Deadline for registration is April 15, 2014.

Events
At the Games, veterans compete in the following (full events and rules document at this link in PDF format):

9-Ball
Air Guns
Archery
Basketball
Boccia
Bowling
Handcycling
Field Events
Motor Rally

Power Soccer
Quad Rugby
Slalom
Softball
Swimming
Table Tennis
Track
Trapshooting
Weightlifting

Competition/Venues
Many of the 2014 events will be held at the convention center in Philadelphia as well as other local venues.

Eligibility
The Games are multi-event sports and rehabilitation program open to U.S. military service veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments.

Volunteers
To accommodate the needs of the athletes, more than 3,000 local volunteers are required to assist with all aspects of the Games, from helping with transportation, to event set-up, water distribution, assistance with meals, and numerous other activities that will help guarantee a successful event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Melissa Heinlein at NVWGPhillyVolunteer@va.gov or 215-823-7800. 

Fundraising

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games creates a unique potential for our sponsors to network, engage with athletes and demonstrate their commitment to supporting veterans of the United States armed forces living with a spinal cord injury or dysfunction. With thousands of radio and TV reports, Web casts and news articles published during the event each year, a halo of positive publicity, both local and national, surrounds the Games and its sponsors, offering them a valuable marketing opportunity.

With multiple sponsorship levels to choose from, companies that want to treat our nation’s wheelchair veterans to a quality week in Pittsburgh, PA can make monetary or in-kind donations to the NVWG via PVA’s Corporate and Cause Marketing Department. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Jane Eakins at (800) 424-8200, ext 687 or JaneE@pva.org or Pablo Sosa at (800) 424-8200, ext 674 or PabloS@pva.org. If you would like to learn more about exhibiting at the Disabled Sports, Recreation & Fitness Exposition, contact Elizabeth Aulwes at (800) 424-8200, ext 638 or Elizabeth@pva.org.

The Expo
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games wouldn’t be the same without the Disabled Sports, Recreation & Fitness Exposition, the event that allows an average of more than 50 companies and organizations from around the country to gather and connect with athletes, industry professionals and more. Exhibitors display their products and services, help explain how to get involved in year-round wheelchair sports and recreation activities and teach about the latest training techniques and equipment. For more information on exhibiting, please contact Elizabeth Aulwes at (800) 424-8200, ext 638 or Elizabeth@pva.org

Benefits to the mind
The purpose of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is to provide veterans with physical disabilities an introductory experience to a variety of wheelchair sports, and expose them to the numerous organized wheelchair sports and recreation activities available nationwide.  In doing so, the Games serve to encourage veterans to become aware of their abilities and potential while promoting a spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.

Benefits to the body
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games clearly demonstrate the therapeutic value of sports and competition.  As presenters of the event, Paralyzed Veterans and the VA are committed to improving the quality of life for veterans with disabilities and fostering better health through sports competition.  While past Games have produced a number of national and world-class champions, the event also provides opportunities for newly injured veterans to gain sports skills and be exposed to other athletes who use wheelchairs.

Benefits to the spirit
Since the Games began in 1981, thousands of disabled veterans have enjoyed the health benefits provided by sports participation and have revitalized the spirit of competition within themselves.

Questions
If you have questions regarding Paralyzed Veterans of America's involvement in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games contact Tom Brown at TomBrown@pva.org or 817-673-2812.

For more information about the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, visit the VA event web site.

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