34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Philly: Where Heroes Make History
Studies Show Link Between Adaptive Sports and Employment
Sports and Recreation Programs
When paralyzed veterans returning from World War II began playing wheelchair basketball at Veterans Administration hospitals, they and VA recognized sports as a valuable rehabilitation tool. Chapters of the fledgling organization that would become Paralyzed Veterans of America helped to organize games in communities around the country—and organized wheelchair sports were born. Since that time, Paralyzed Veterans of America has become a recognized national leader in wheelchair sports and recreation.
In outdoor events such as trapshooting and bass fishing or indoor events such as billiards or bowling, athletes who participate in Paralyzed Veterans-sponsored events derive therapeutic benefits on physical, emotional, and social levels.