35th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games

June 21-26, 2015
Dallas, TX

The Registration Period for the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games is now CLOSED

2015 NVWG Events Schedule

2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games Events and Rules Guidebook

For VA Employees – Staffing Guidelines

IMPORTANT Dates – Registration is now closed. All registrations were due no later than April 15, 2015. Events are assigned in the order that registrations are received.

closing ceremonies of 34th NVWGDallas, Texas has long been referred to as ‘Big D’ in part for its grand scale of progressive thinking. Dallas is very supportive of Veterans and is involved in many aspects from partnering with VA to help end Veteran homelessness to conducting education and job fairs to give returning service men and women the tools they need to get back to work after active duty.

Aside from its financial investment to support Veterans, Dallas will be enriched when more than 600 wheelchair Veterans from all over the Nation roll into town. These Veterans aren’t quitters. Their sheer determination drives them beyond life in a wheelchair ~ pushing personal limits and comfort zones to flourish and improve their quality of life.

Undoubtedly Dallas has much to offer as host, including cultural districts, the best restaurants and hotels, concert venues – you name it. But what the city will get in return is a grateful heart from wheelchair Veterans who have not lost their zeal for living and giving back to society. As seasoned ‘gold medal’ Veterans who compete each year rush to aid the first timer, just struggling to finish. Cheering them each step of the way, their hearts are truly as big as Texas!

Local Organizing Committee
Transportation and Hotel Information
Parking Information
Shipping Instructions
Home Health Care or Dialysis Care in Dallas, TX
2015 NVWG Recommendations and Changes
Volunteer Links
Sponsor Information
Media Point of Contact

Local Organizing Committee


The 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games is being hosted by the Texas VA Health Care System and the Lone Star Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Big plans are going on and the Dallas team is working hard to welcome the Veterans this summer and make the 2015 NVWG one for the record books. Give them a call and get involved!

Contact:
Dan Higgins, 35th NVWG Local Organizing Committee Coordinator
1(214) 857-3184
Dan.higgins@va.gov

Glendon Bentley, Executive Director, Lone Star Chapter, PVA
1(972) 276-5252
Glendon.bentley@lspva.net

Transportation and Hotel Information


Ground transportation will be provided to/from Dallas-Ft.Worth International (DFW) Airport. Veterans participating in the NVWG will receive detailed instructions in their confirmation packages.
Arrival: Saturday, June 20, 2015 (8a – 11pm); Sunday, June 21, 2015 (8a-12n)
Departure: Saturday, June 27, 2015 (3am – 3pm)

The Sheraton Dallas Hotel (400 Olive Street) is the official NVWG hotel for the 35th NVWG. Teams and individuals are responsible for making their own reservations. Rooms will be booked on a first-come, first served basis. Room Rate is $123 per night, not including taxes.
Reservations must be made by May 1, 2015.

For further information:
Rachel White, PVA
1(800) 424-8200 ext. 705
rachelw@pva.org

Parking
There is no dedicated parking for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Individuals will be responsible for their own parking and fees. Parking at the Sheraton is $29 per day for valet and $21 per day for self-park. Rates are subject to change. There are a number of surface lots near the hotel for oversized vehicles.
Below is a list of available parking maps around the hotel and venues:

Towne ParkSheraton Hotel
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Southern Methodist University (SMU) site of Track and Field in the mornings of Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23
Victory Plaza – site of the Block Party on Thursday, June 25 from 4:30-6:30pm

Additional Parking Information for the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games Venues

Transportation will be available from the Sheraton and Convention Center for athletes to travel to/from all venues.

 

Shipping Instructions


Please review these Shipping Instructions for sending sports equipment and other equipment you may not want to travel with to the 35th NVWG in Dallas.  The VA North Texas Health Care System has graciously agreed to receive and deliver the equipment to the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center on June 21 for you to pick up.  This helps you avoid significant receiving costs at the hotel or Convention Center as well as the burden to bringing it along during your travel.

A couple of points to highlight:

  1. We have included the UPS Freight contact info.  Last year they gave unheard of rates to ship equipment to the NVWG.
  2. You have to take care of the shipping fees to/from Dallas.  If you don’t have the return shipping resolved, Dallas will wait till you do to ship the equipment home.  Note – There will be a UPS Store at the Convention Center on June 26.
  3. The Dallas VA and Local Organizing Committee is not responsible for the equipment.  Make sure that you package the equipment appropriately.  It isn’t fun to ship equipment and have to spend time getting it fixed when you get to town.

View Shipping Instructions here

MANY THANKS GO TO THE TEAM IN DALLAS FOR ALL THE WORK THEY HAVE DONE AND PROVIDING THIS EXTRA SUPPORT!!!!!!!

 

Home Health Care or Dialysis Care in Dallas, TX

If you require attendant support or Dialysis Care while you are attending the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, the following information will assist you planning a success experience while at the Games this summer.  Both contain the contact information for agencies in and around the Dallas Sheraton Hotel.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Dallas Home Health Agencies
Dallas Dialysis Reference List

2015 NVWG Recommendations and Changes


1. Track – NEW EVENT – 600m Biathlon – 600m track/air rifle combined. Veterans begin with 200m distance and athlete moves into shooting range to take aim at five targets. Each miss is a 30 second penalty. As soon as the athlete finishes shooting, they then complete a 400m distance to the finish line. Racing chairs/helmets are mandatory for all competitors. The competition will be conducted as Para Combined; Quad Combined and both by gender.

2. No Archery loaner equipment will be available.

3. Do not schedule these conflicting events:

  • Table Tennis (IA, IB, IC) & Softball
  • Quad Rugby & Softball
  • Archery, Slalom(IV,V) Nine Ball (II,III)

4. Dallas weather in June – ave temp is 88* – 94*F (high) and 70*-76*F (low)

  • Drink plenty of water before and during your trip to help your body adjust to the humidity.
  • Eat foods high in potassium, such as broccoli, bananas, avocado, etc.
  • Travel essentials – medications in carry-on luggage, sun screen, lip balm, sun glasses.

5. Preparing for the 35th NVWG in Dallas:

  • Before you start a new physical training regime, consult with your MD or therapist.
  • The best way to succeed at the NVWG is to participate in sports and recreation programs throughout the year! You’ll make the greatest impact in your life by getting involved every day in fitness, sports or other recreational activities.
  • Don’t wait till June to get started. The first time you participate in the particular sport should not be at the NVWG. Practice, practice and more practice.
  • Make sure you are ready for the Games! Get an appointment with your VA rehabilitation therapist and make sure you have the correct equipment, practice schedule and if needed, support to do your best!

Volunteer Links


The 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games is going to need an army of over 2500 volunteers throughout the week of the events. From welcoming the Veterans as they come off the planes at DFW to passing out water at the Field Events, you can make a difference! No special skills are necessary for the majority of the jobs we need accomplished. What we need is a smile and your valuable time. In return, we guarantee a positive experience and an opportunity to help a Veteran have the best time in Dallas! We look forward to having you on the team!

Each volunteer job description includes the duties and any special skills or conditions. All volunteer duties are supported and supervised by staff. The age limit is 14 years or older.

Online Volunteer Registration <link to NVWG Volgistics>

Volunteer opportunities:
Bobbie Scoggins or Tina McDaniel
1-800-924-8387, Ext. 36581
NVWGDallasVolunteer@va.gov

Sponsor Information


We need your support to make the Dallas National Veterans Wheelchair Games one of the best. Hosting the world’s largest annual wheelchair sports events is a significant task and any support makes a difference! We have several sponsor levels that you and your company can use to get involved. Give us a call and join the team!

For Sponsorships:
Dan Thouvenot
1(214) 857-0429
daniel.thouvenot@va.gov

Media Point of Contact


Froylan Garza, Public Affairs Officer
North Texas VA Health Care System
1 (214) 857-1155
Froylan.Garza@va.gov

Penny Kerby
North Texas VA Health
ntxpublicaffairs@va.gov