Toyota Sponsors National Veterans Wheelchair Games for 16th Consecutive Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              
June 22, 2015    
Contact: Lani Poblete
202-416-7667

WASHINGTON, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are proud to recognize Toyota as a Sustaining Host sponsor for the 35TH National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG). Toyota will also be providing a fleet of complimentary vehicles wrapped and branded with Toyota and NVWG logos for official staff use throughout the week. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year’s Games, with events like track and field, softball, and basketball beginning June 22 in Dallas, Texas and continuing through June 26.

“On behalf of the more than 33,000 team members here in the U.S., Toyota is very proud of its 16-year relationship with the Paralyzed Veterans of America,” said Simon Nagata, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.  “It is truly an honor and a privilege for Toyota to once again be a sustaining sponsor of the 35th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games and support the many brave men and women who serve our country and defend our freedom.”

“Toyota’s involvement with an event as important as the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is extremely gratifying and meaningful,” said Mark Oldenburg, Toyota National Fleet Marketing, Mobility and Strategic Planning Manager.   “The privilege of witnessing the courageous veteran athletes who participate in the ‘Wheelchair Games’ is a very humbling experience.  For it showcases the true meaning of the human spirit, as every athlete in the ‘Games’ is an American hero and thus, a champion.  To say Toyota is very grateful to play a sponsor role in the success of the Games is an understatement.”

This year marks the 16th year that Toyota will sponsor the National Veterans Wheelchair Games—the largest annual wheelchair multi-sports event in the world, now in its 35th year. Toyota serves as one of the event host sponsors for table tennis and track. Toyota will also serve as sponsor of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games Wall of Appreciation. The Wall of Appreciation is a large message board on display during the entire week of the Games where Veteran athletes, family members, volunteers and anyone passing through are invited to handwrite a message of thanks and support to the athletes.

“Toyota has once again stepped up to support our nation’s disabled veterans at this year’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games,” said Al Kovach, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We thank Toyota for their continued support of this important rehabilitative event and for their commitment to our veteran wheelchair athletes.”

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 nations veterans and empowering them to live more healthy and active lives through sports and recreation. The partnership with our sponsors to fulfill our mission, especially American Airlines, helps us to 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.

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About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to serving veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has worked to ensure benefits, quality health care, accessibility, employment, and rehabilitative sports and recreation for veterans 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.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 42,000 people (more than 33,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.67 million cars and trucks (more than 2.35 million in the U.S.) in 2014 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.

Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs Recognize Veterans Canteen Service as a National Host Sponsor of 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games

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June 17, 2015
Contact: Lani Poblete
202-416-7667

Washington, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs are proud to recognize Veterans Canteen Service as one of the National Host Sponsors of the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year’s Games, scheduled for June 21-26 in Dallas, Texas.

“We thank Veterans Canteen Service for supporting our nation’s disabled veterans each year at this important rehabilitative event,” said Al Kovach, Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “It’s because of the generous support we receive from sponsors like Veterans Canteen Service that we are able to make the Games a success.”

This year marks the 15th year that Veterans Canteen Service will sponsor the National Veterans Wheelchair Games—the largest annual wheelchair multi-sports event in the world. Veterans Canteen Service will also serve as one of the event host sponsors for the air pistol competition and the annual athlete Block Party.

“VA’s Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor for the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games,” said Ray Tober, Executive Director Veterans Canteen Service.  “We are honored to be involved in an event promoting a healthy lifestyle and inspiring our Nation’s Veterans to challenge themselves, whether spiritually, mentally or physically.  The VCS team looks forward to seeing our athletes’ competitive drive and determination to achieve excellence.”

With 200 locations throughout VA Medical Centers across the United States, VCS operates modernized retail stores, café’s and vending programs. VCS considers their motto “Benefits You’ve Earned, Service You Deserve” as the impetus for providing exceptional quality and value with the highest level of customer service.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs, 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 nations Veterans and empowering them to live more healthy and active lives through sports and recreation. The partnership with our sponsors to fulfill our mission helps us to 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 Wheelchair 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.

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About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to serving veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has worked to ensure benefits, quality health care, accessibility, employment, and rehabilitative sports and recreation for veterans 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.

 

 

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs Recognize UPS as a National Host Sponsor of 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              
June 17, 2015    
Contact: Lani Poblete
202-416-7667

 

Washington, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs are proud to recognize The UPS Foundation as one of the National Host Sponsors for the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The UPS Foundation, based in Atlanta, has been a supporter of the Games since 1986. Once the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games conclude, nearly 500 UPS employees would have provided logistical support behind the scenes, at the airport, as well as at the sporting events. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year’s Games, scheduled for June 21-26 in Dallas, Texas.

“UPS has been an integral part of making the National Veterans Wheelchair Games a success each year,” said Al Kovach, Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We thank UPS for their continued generous support of the Games and of our veteran wheelchair athletes.”

This marks the 29th year that UPS will sponsor the National Veterans Wheelchair Games—the largest annual wheelchair multi-sports event in the world. Over the past 29 years, more than 4,000 UPS employees have contributed their time to assist the athletes with their equipment and chairs—providing logistical support for them. UPS will also serve as the event host sponsor for the slalom / super “G” competitions.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs, 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 nations Veterans and empowering them to live more healthy and active lives through sports and recreation. The partnership with our sponsors to fulfill our mission helps us to 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 Wheelchair 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.

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About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to serving veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has worked to ensure benefits, quality health care, accessibility, employment, and rehabilitative sports and recreation for veterans 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.

The UPS Foundation:

Since its founding in 1907, UPS® (NYSE:UPS) has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. The UPS Foundation, founded in 1951, is responsible for facilitating community involvement in local, national and global communities. In 2014 UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $104 million and contributed more than 1.8 million hours of volunteer time globally. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at ups.com/foundation.

 

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs Recognize Invacare as National Host Sponsor of 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2015
Contact: Lani Poblete
202-416-7667
                                                            

Washington, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs are proud to recognize Invacare as one of the National Host Sponsors, and the Official Wheelchair of the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Invacare has generously supported the Games since its inception in 1981. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year’s Games, scheduled for June 21-26 in Dallas, Texas.

“Invacare has been there from the beginning, supporting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and our veteran wheelchair athletes,” said Al Kovach, Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We thank them for being part of the Wheelchair Games family and for their generous support that helps make the Games possible each year.”

In addition to monetary support, Invacare helps with many needs from providing assistance at the airport with off-loading veteran athletes, assisting with their wheelchairs and luggage to wheelchair maintenance throughout the Games, to collecting and delivering luggage to the airport at the finish of the Games and loading wheelchair equipment as veterans leave to go home. Invacare will also serve as the event host sponsor for the handcycling and basketball competition.

Invacare is proud to support the National Veterans Wheelchair Games where athletes embody Invacare’s ‘Yes, You Can’ spirit in everything they do—from their past service to this country to their athleticism at the Games. We are honored to support these athletes and their participation in this great event,” said Matthew E. Monaghan, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Invacare Corporation.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs, 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 nations Veterans and empowering them to live more healthy and active lives through sports and recreation. The partnership with our sponsors to fulfill our mission helps us to 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 Wheelchair 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.

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About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to serving veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has worked to ensure benefits, quality health care, accessibility, employment, and rehabilitative sports and recreation for veterans 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.

About Invacare

Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC), headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, is a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home and long-term care medical products that promote recovery and active lifestyles. The Company has 4,900 associates and markets its products in approximately 100 countries around the world. For more information about the Company and its products, visit Invacare’s website at www.invacare.com.

 

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs Recognize Sustaining Host and Platinum Sponsors of 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games

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June 18, 2015
Contact: Lani Poblete
202-416-7667           

 

Washington, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are proud to recognize the sustaining host and platinum-level sponsors of the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Permobil and Toyota are this year’s sustaining host sponsors, and Cisco Systems, the DeGasperis Family Foundation, HP, Highmark/United Concordia, Leidos, Quantum Rehab and Xerox Foundation are platinum sponsors of the event. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year’s Games, scheduled for June 21–26 in Dallas.

“Each year hundreds of veterans with disabilities benefit from their participation in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games,” said Al Kovach Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans. “We owe a huge thanks to all of our sustaining host and platinum-level sponsors who help make the Games possible with their generous support.”

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 to fulfill our mission helps us to 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.

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About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to serving veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has worked to ensure benefits, quality health care, accessibility, employment, and rehabilitative sports and recreation for veterans 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.

 

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs Recognize the Dallas Sports Commission as a National Host Sponsor of 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      
June 16, 2015

Contact: Lani Poblete
202-416-7667

Washington, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are proud to recognize the Dallas Sports Commission as one of the national host sponsors of the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year’s Games, scheduled for June 21–26 in Dallas.

“We thank the Dallas Sports Commission for welcoming us to their city and supporting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and our veteran athletes,” said Al Kovach Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans. “Our national host sponsors provide a tremendous amount of support to the event and it’s because of their support that the Games are possible.”

As a national host sponsor, the Dallas Sports Commission has provided invaluable assistance to the Games locally and will serve as an event host sponsor for the boccia and power soccer competitions.

“It’s an honor for the Dallas Sports Commission and the City of Dallas to host the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games,” said Monica Paul, executive director of the Dallas Sports Commission.  “We look forward to welcoming our veteran athletes and delivering a great Dallas experience for them.”

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 to fulfill our mission helps us to 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 Wheelchair 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.

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About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to serving veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has worked to ensure benefits, quality health care, accessibility, employment, and rehabilitative sports and recreation for veterans 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.

 

About the Dallas Sports Commission:

The Dallas Sports Commission (dallassports.org) pursues amateur, grassroots, collegiate and professional championship events, positioning Dallas as the premier sports destination.  A division of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Dallas Sports Commission focuses on generating economic impact as well as improving the quality of life within the community through sports.   Among the future events the Dallas Sports Commission will host are the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games, WrestleMania 32 in 2016 and the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four.

 

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs Recognize American Airlines as Premier Sponsor of 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             
June 16, 2015
Contact: Lani Poblete
202-416-7667

 

Washington, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are proud to recognize American Airlines as the premier sponsor and the official airline of the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year’s Games, scheduled for June 21–26 in Dallas.

American Airlines has really stepped up to support the Games and our wheelchair athletes,” said Al Kovach Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans. “Each year hundreds of veterans with disabilities benefit from participation in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, thanks to the generous support of sponsors like American Airlines.”

As Premier Sponsor of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, American has donated 2.5 million American Airlines AAdvantage Miles to assist with travel costs for qualifying veteran athletes and support staff. In addition, American will serve as an host sponsor for the quad rugby and weightlifting competitions.

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 nations veterans and empowering them to live more healthy and active lives through sports and recreation. The partnership with our sponsors to fulfill our mission, especially American Airlines, helps us to 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.

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About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to serving veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has worked to ensure benefits, quality health care, accessibility, employment, and rehabilitative sports and recreation for veterans 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.