WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America are proud to announce that HP will serve as a Platinum Sponsor for the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, with events beginning today in Philadelphia, and continuing August 17.
“The support of our sponsors is vital to the success of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. We thank HP for their support over the years of this important rehabilitative event for our disabled veterans and for their commitment to our veteran wheelchair athletes,” said Al Kovach, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America.
This marks the 16th year that HP will sponsor the National Veterans Wheelchair Games—the largest annual wheelchair multi-sports event in the world. HP also sponsors Kids Day, a special event held during the Games each year, where local Philadelphia area children with disabilities are introduced to adaptive sports. HP also provides computer and printer equipment for the Internet Café which is available to all athletes for the entire length of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
“The Paralyzed Veterans is an outstanding organization that gives our country’s heroes the opportunity to showcase their athletic talents,” said Joe Ayers, Vice President, Federal Enterprise Group, HP. “We are once again providing technology, funding and volunteers for this incredible event and continuing HP’s long-standing support of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.”
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America, are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition as a result of spinal cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments, and are focused on providing therapeutic, holistic treatments through adaptive sports. “These Games are empowering veterans with disabilities to improve their lives through sports and recreation,” said Dave Tostenrude, Director of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. “The athletes return home with the attitude and information of what they can do, versus, what they cannot.”
Veterans at the Wheelchair Games will compete in 18 events: air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, field, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting. This year’s Wheelchair Games will also feature an exhibition of wheelchair lacrosse. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. All events are free and open to the public to attend.
For more information about the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, please visit www.wheelchairgames.org.
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than 68 years, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (www.pva.org)
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events is the recognized world leader in rehabilitative and recreational therapies for disabled Veterans. VA promotes the rehabilitation of body and spirit by operating adaptive sports clinics and competitions around the nation. Learn more about VA's adaptive sports programs and partnerships at www.va.gov/adaptivesports.