WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are proud to recognize HP as a Platinum level sponsor for the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. HP will also sponsor Kids Day, being held today, which is a special event held during the Games each year where local area children with disabilities are introduced to adaptive sports. Close to 600 veterans are competing in this year’s Games, which began Monday in Dallas, Texas, and continue through June 26.
“HP is proud to continue its involvement with the National Wheelchair Games for the 17th year, sponsoring Kids Day and providing technology equipment for the event this year,” said Joe Ayers, vice president, Federal Enterprise Group, HP. ”It is a pleasure to be a part of an event that gives our country’s heroes an opportunity to showcase their athletic talents.”
This marks the 17th year that HP will sponsor the National Veterans Wheelchair Games—the largest annual wheelchair multi-sports event in the world, now in its 35th year. HP will also provide computer and printer equipment for the Internet Café which is available to all athletes for the entire length of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
“HP has been a vital supporter of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games year after year, and we thank them for their continued commitment to this important rehabilitative event for our veteran wheelchair athletes,” said Al Kovach, Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans and VA, 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 who receive care at VA medical facilities or military treatment centers.
“The National Veterans Wheelchair Games represents a significant commitment to the rehabilitation of our nation’s veterans and empowering them to live more healthy and active lives through sports and recreation. The partnership with our sponsors helps us to fulfill our mission and reach out and support more of our nation’s heroes,” said David Tostenrude, director of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
Veterans at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games will compete in 18 events: air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, trapshooting and weightlifting. This year’s Games will also feature a rowing exhibition. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age.
For more information about the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, please visit www.wheelchairgames.org.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)
About the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events:
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.