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Orlando VA Medical Center

 

The 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Wheelchair Games torch

The Orlando VA Medical Center and the Central Florida Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America are hosting the 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Orlando, FL July 30-August 4, 2018. Each year more than 500 athletes attend the National Veterans Wheelchair Games which is a multi-event sports and rehabilitation program for military service Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or other neurological disorders. Over the years, the Games have produced several national and world-class champions. However, the event provides the opportunity for newly disabled Veterans to get involved and push further than they thought possible. Typically, one quarter of the competitors are new to the Games.

Competitive events at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games include swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, air guns, basketball, boccia, nine ball, softball, quad rugby, bowling, handcycling, trapshooting, wheelchair slalom, power soccer, a motorized wheelchair rally, and track and field. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience, or age.

The Games rely on the support of more than 3,000 volunteers with opportunities ranging from helping set-up events, greeting Veterans at the airport to providing informational service at various locations. We hope you will think about volunteering for this remarkable event that celebrates the atleticisim of our Veterans!

Athlete registration is also open. Participation in the NVWG is open to Veterans having spinal cord injuries, amputations, multiple sclerosis or other central neurological conditions who require a wheelchair for athletic competition.  The individual’s physical injury must be permanent and measurable.  Exclusionary primary diagnosis includes but are not limited to conditions related to pain, arthritis, emotional and psychological conditions. All participants must be eligible for VA healthcare.


To register as an athlete or a volunteer visit:  http://wheelchairgames.org/. Once on the site click under the Orlando 2018 tab at the top to sign up as an athlete or a volunteer.

We hope to see you in Orlando!

Contact

Karen Shamlin
38th NVWG Coordinator
321-246-0805
karen.shamlin@va.gov

Mara Wight
Fundraising Chair
407-631-6912
mara.wight@va.gov

Rafiq Raza
NVWG Volunteer Coordinator
407-631-1607
vhaorlwcgames2018@va.gov

Media Requests
Public Affairs
407-631-4436
vhaorlpublicaffairs@va.gov