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36th National Veterans Wheelchair Games is Coming to Salt Lake City


The Games
Co-Presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a rehabilitation and wheelchair sports program empowering Veterans with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, amputations and other neurological injuries to live more active and healthy lives through wheelchair sports and recreation.

Each summer, Veterans from across the United States, including a team from Great Britain, travel to a new community hosting the NVWG. During the week, Veterans compete in 19 wheelchair sports events while providing encouragement and mentoring for new Veterans. Veterans at the Games truly educate newly disabled Veterans on what is possible and those witnessing the events realize that limitations are only state of mind.

-The 36th NVWG will offer 19 events plus one additional sport – triathlon. Keeping with the mountain theme, bobsledding will be offered as the year’s exhibition sport.

Who Can Participate?
Any Veteran with a Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Amputation or other neurological injury that uses wheelchair for sport, and, must be eligible for care in the VA.

Paralyzed Veterans of America/Department of Veterans Affairs Partnership
Since 1985, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs have joined forces to work collaboratively to organize and execute the NVWG. This partnership enables the strengths of both organizations to come together to make the NVWG one of the largest annual wheelchair sports programs and truly a world class event!

Taking the partnership to the next level… This is not just a one week experience… VA Rehabilitation Programs and Paralyzed Veterans of America chapters across the country work to empower Veterans to be more active and healthy in their daily lives by getting them involved in sports and recreation programs highlighting fitness, social networking, and community involvement. Sports and recreation reinforce critical values necessary for health while combating the risk of isolation, depression, and other factors associated with health. That is what the Games are about!

How to Get Involved
1. Register as a Veteran Athelete via this link! http://wheelchairgames.org/registration/
2. Start preparing now! Remember, it’s not about what you do the week of the Games, but rather what you do every week at home! Contact your local VA therapist or Paralyzed Veterans Chapter representative to begin.

We can help direct you in the right direction locally, give us a call.

Dave Tostenrude, NVWG Director, Department of Veterans Affairs
206-445-3519
David.Tostenrude@va.gov

Tom Brown, Paralyzed Veterans Sports Consultant
817-673-2812
trbsmb4@gmail.com

To Support or Become a Sponsor for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games:
The Games will provide several opportunities for your executives to engage with leadership from the Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Defense, and Paralyzed Veterans of America as well as other national and local business leaders. Typically 600 veteran athletes compete and about 3,000 to 4,000 participate (VA and PVA employees, family members of the veteran athletes, corporate partner volunteers and the general public). 100% of donations received for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games go to directly support the operational expenses of the Games.

Jane Eakins,
1-800 424-8200 ext. 687
JaneE@pva.org

Kim Hirose,
202-416-7674
KimHirose@pva.org

For local SLC sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Curtis Ivins 
801-582-1565, Ext. 1576 
Curtis.ivins@va.gov.

Jeff Bennett
801-582-1565, Ext. 4510
Jeffrey.Bennett2@va.gov

To Volunteer at the games:
The Games depends on the assistance of thousands of volunteers in order to provide a safe and positive experience for our veteran athletes. Through sponsorship, corporate sponsors 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 to attend.

For a list of Volunteer Opportunities and job descriptions Click Here *
To register as a Volunteer Click Here *

For questions on becoming a Volunteer call:
Jan Schroader at 801-582-1565, Ext. 2230

Fans In the Stands
Our Veterans are relying on YOU for inspiration and support! If you would like to be part of our FANS IN THE STANDS movement, please fill out this application for the 36th National Veterans Wheelchair Games hosted by the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System. Let’s GET LOUD together for these extraordinary men and women athletes as we encourage them to STRIVE, LIVE and CONQUER in Salt Lake City this June.

To be apart of our "Fans in the Stands"
Register Here *

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