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Army veteran James HowardSports Spotlight: James Howard

“When I was given my first handcycle, I realized there were things out there I could still do, that could fill the void of my military service,” Howard says. “Sports enabled me to see that there were others with worse injuries who I could learn from and in turn help others.”


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What’s on the schedule for our Sports and Recreation Department? From the PVA Bass Tour to our Trapshoot Circuit, take a look at upcoming sports events.


35th National Veterans Wheelchair GamesTorch Passed from Dallas to 36th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Salt Lake City

Nearly 600 athletes watched as the 35th Games came to a close Friday evening, June 26, and wondered what’s to come in the Beehive state when the 36th Games arrive in June of 2016. “I think that Salt Lake City will offer a hometown, family feel to the Games,” said Tom Brown, founder of the NVWG and Games director for Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Softball at the 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Studies Show Link Between Adaptive Sports and Employment


“In my own experience, once I realized I could still live an active sports and recreation lifestyle, everything else – going back to work, continuing education, starting new activities – became second nature,” said Ernie Butler, sports director for Paralyzed Veterans of America.


Paralyzed Veterans of America's Sports & Recreation Schedule 2015-16 (PDF format)  

Adaptive sports are here, and Paralyzed Veterans of America is leading the way to bring them to you! There's a sport for everyone, no matter your level of ability -- even if you have never tried wheelchair sports before. We offer competition for all abilities and experience in a variety of adaptive sports and recreational activities.

Sports have therapeutic benefits on physical, mental, and social well-being. In addition, adaptive sports and recreational activities have been show to help alleviate or lessen secondary infections, depression, or other conditions that individuals with spinal cord injury are more prone to experience.

Paralyzed Veterans' Sports and Recreation programs help our members and all veterans with a disability get back into life. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games (co-presented annually with the Department of Veterans Affairs), Bass Tour, Trapshoot Circuit, Billiards Circuit, Bowling Circuit, and the Paralyzed Veterans Racing Team demonstrate the many and varied activities we provide to ensure an active lifestyle remains a possibility for veterans with catastrophic injuries. Our programs are open to all individuals -- with any disability including amputation, traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, or neurological disorders such as MS or ALS. Only the National Veterans Wheelchair Games are exclusively for military veterans.

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