National Veterans Wheelchair Games to be held in Cincinnati July 17-22

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG, or referred to as “The Games”) is the largest annual wheelchair multi-sport and rehabilitation event in the world. Kicking off in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 17, the Games will continue for six action-packed days of competition and camaraderie. Over 600 athletes will compete in over 19 sporting events, such as basketball, quad rugby, power soccer, softball, swimming, and weightlifting, to name a few.

The Games are open to U.S. military service Veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments. The Games are annually co-presented by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and are committed to fostering better physical and mental health for Veterans with disabilities through sports competition. Check out www.wheelchairgames.org for more info.

Goals of the NVWG:

  • Improve the quality of life for Veterans with physical disabilities
  • Promote greater independence and functional skills through wheelchair sports and recreation
  • Provide education and training for clinicians specializing in treatment of spinal cord
  • injury/disease, amputations, MS and neurological disorders
  • Initiate camaraderie by matching newly injured Veterans with returning Veteran athletes who have previously participated in the Games

Who is it for?
The Games will provide several opportunities for your executives to engage with leadership from the Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Defense, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America as well as other national and local business leaders.

Where is it held?
Cincinnati, Ohio – The majority of the sporting events, opening and closing ceremonies, and VIP events will take place in the Duke Energy Convention Center across the street from designated corporate sponsored hotels. The remainder of the events will be located at various sites in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas.

Co-presented by:
The Paralyzed Veterans of America and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Volunteer
The Games depend on the assistance of thousands of volunteers in order to provide a safe and positive experience for our Veteran athletes. Through sponsorship, corporate partners may choose to invite their employees to volunteer one day or several times during the week or support as “fans in the stands.” Volunteers will be inspired as they assist the athletes to achieve their personal best. Sporting events and opening and closing ceremonies are free and open to the public.

LOCAL ORGANIZING COORDINATOR
Ellen Graf, 513-487-6056
ellen.graf-jansen@va.gov

FUNDRAISING – VICE CHAIR
Terri Ruggeri, 513-247-4283
terri.ruggeri@va.gov

VOLUNTEERS – VICE CHAIR
Tracy Butts, 513-861-3100, ext. 4957
tracy.butts@va.gov

PUBLIC AFFAIRS/MEDIA – VICE CHAIR
Todd Sledge, 513-861-3100, ext. 6001
michael.sledge@va.gov

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