The 36th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games, taking place June 27 to July 2 in Salt Lake City, features paralyzed veteran athletes who will be competing in various adaptive sports.
The event began as the result of a partnership between the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs to help encourage veterans to get more involved in their communities, as well as to benefit their mind, body, and spirit, according to a media release from event supporter BLVD.com.
The 19 events featured in this year’s Games include 9-ball, air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, handcycling, field events, motor rally, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting, triathlon, and weightlifting.
“We are dedicated to serving our nation’s Veterans through the work we do for the VA. Showing support for America’s heroes and NVWG is our way of letting our Veterans know how important they are to us,” states Grant Kim, CEO of games sponsor QTC Medical Services Inc, a Lockheed Martin company, in a media release. “It’s absolutely inspiring to hear stories on how far these athletes have come despite the challenges they faced along the way.”
“We are proud to be part of such an important event that showcases the talent, strength and perseverance of our nation’s veterans,” states Jon Scholl, president, Health and Infrastructure Group, at Leidos, a national security, health, and infrastructure solutions company, in a media release.
“They are truly an inspiration to us all and a reminder that with hard work and dedication you can achieve great things,” adds Scholl, whose company is a Gold Sponsor of the Games.
Toyota, a National Host sponsor of the event, will be providing a fleet of complimentary vehicles wrapped and branded with Toyota and NVWG logos for official staff to use throughout the week the event takes place, according to a media release from Toyota.
[Source(s): BLVD.com, QTC Medical Services Inc, Leidos, Toyota, PRWeb, PR Newswire, Business Wire]