General Information

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are presented each year by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America with additional support from numerous corporate and community sponsors.

At the Games, veterans compete in the following events:

9-Ball
Air Guns
Archery
Basketball
Boccia
Bowling
Handcycling
Field Events
Motor Rally

Power Soccer
Quad Rugby
Slalom
Softball
Swimming
Table Tennis
Track
Trapshooting
Weightlifting

Rules
Read the rules for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in PDF format at this link.

Competition/Venues
The venues for each year’s event are held across the country and past locations have included Dallas, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City.

 

Eligibility
Participation in the NVWG is open to veterans having spinal cord injuries, amputations, multiple sclerosis or other neurological conditions who require a wheelchair for athletic competition, and who are eligible to receive care at a VA medical facility. When a veteran’s diagnosis and eligibility to compete is in question, we will refer to the eligibility criteria appropriate for that person to participate in other community wheelchair sports organizations.

Volunteers
To accommodate the needs of the athletes, more than 3,000 local volunteers are required to assist with all aspects of the Games, from helping with transportation, to event set-up, water distribution, assistance with meals, and numerous other activities that will help guarantee a successful event. Information on volunteering for 38th NVWG in Orlando will be available in 2018.

Fundraising
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games creates a unique potential for our sponsors to network, engage with athletes and demonstrate their commitment to supporting veterans of the United States armed forces living with a spinal cord injury or dysfunction. With thousands of radio and TV reports, Web casts and news articles published during the event each year, a halo of positive publicity, both local and national, surrounds the Games and its sponsors, offering them a valuable marketing opportunity.

With multiple sponsorship levels to choose from, companies that want to treat our nation’s wheelchair veterans to a quality week of competition can make monetary or in-kind donations to the NVWG via Paralyzed Veterans’ Corporate and Cause Marketing Department. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Christine Kirkley at  202-416-7743 or christinek@pva.org.

The Expo
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games wouldn’t be the same without the Disabled Sports, Recreation & Fitness Exposition, the event that allows an average of more than 50 companies and organizations from around the country to gather and connect with athletes, industry professionals and more. Exhibitors display their products and services, help explain how to get involved in year-round wheelchair sports and recreation activities and teach about the latest training techniques and equipment. For more information on exhibiting, please contact Christine Kirkley at 202-416-7743 or christinek@pva.org.

Benefits to the mind
The purpose of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is to provide veterans with physical disabilities an introductory experience to a variety of wheelchair sports, and expose them to the numerous organized wheelchair sports and recreation activities available nationwide. In doing so, the Games serve to encourage veterans to become aware of their abilities and potential while promoting a spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.

Benefits to the body
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games clearly demonstrate the therapeutic value of sports and competition. As presenters of the event, Paralyzed Veterans and the VA are committed to improving the quality of life for veterans with disabilities and fostering better health through sports competition. While past Games have produced a number of national and world-class champions, the event also provides opportunities for newly injured veterans to gain sports skills and be exposed to other athletes who use wheelchairs.

Benefits to the spirit
Since the Games began in 1981, thousands of disabled veterans have enjoyed the health benefits provided by sports participation and have revitalized the spirit of competition within themselves.