Toyota Sponsors National Veterans Wheelchair Games for 17th Consecutive Year

Adults and children signing the Toyota Wall of Inspiration at the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Adults and children signing the Toyota Wall of Inspiration at the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Aside from seeing Toyota’s signature-wrapped vehicles bearing the National Veterans Wheelchair Games logo at the 2016 Games in Salt Lake City, Veteran athlete participants might also notice a local and national commitment by the car company to programs that support Veterans’ health, mobility and well-being.

The 36th National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) – which take place June 27-July 2, 2016, in Salt Lake City – will again welcome Toyota as a national host sponsor, which includes support for the Games as well as sponsorship of the “Wall of Appreciation,” where Veteran athletes, family members and volunteers are invited to handwrite their messages of thanks and support.

“We are totally committed to our Veterans – the great men and women who have served our country,” said Mark Oldenburg, national fleet marketing, mobility and strategic planning manager for Toyota USA. ““We’ve had a relationship with Paralyzed Veterans of America going back to 1999, and each year, we try to do even more.”

Toyota also will provide a fleet of 12 loaner vehicles for official staff to drive as they commute to various event venues. Each vehicle will be wrapped with colorful graphics inspired by the NVWG logo.

Toyota also will present Paralyzed Veterans of America with a wheelchair accessible Toyota Sienna featuring a graphic treatment honoring disabled Veterans for use in their headquarters in Washington, D.C.

As in past years, Veterans can view and tour one of Toyota Mobility’s wheelchair accessible vehicles at the Disabled Sports, Recreation and Fitness Expo, taking place Sunday, June 27, and featuring more than 100 sports and recreation organizations and companies that provide health, wellness and accessibility products. A unique display of wheelchair accessible Toyota Sienna vans also will be featured adjacent to the competition area throughout the week.

“Toyota has a strong core message of mobility for all, and that includes those with disabilities,” Oldenburg said. “Our Veterans are a core part of that strategy, and we want to do as much as we can to serve them.”

The 36th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) – co-presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America – will feature 19 wheelchair sporting events and two exhibition sports for disabled Veterans June 27-July 2, 2016, in Salt Lake City.

Brittany Ballenstedt is a military spouse, freelance journalist and photographer in Washington, D.C.

Toyota Sponsors National Veterans Wheelchair Games for 16th Consecutive Year

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June 22, 2015    
Contact: Lani Poblete
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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 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.