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**Important Updates to the 2021 National Veterans Wheelchair Games**
We are less than five months away from the 2021 National Veterans Wheelchair Games and are excited to celebrate the 40th NVWG in New York City. As planning for the 2021 National Veterans Wheelchair Games progresses, NVWG leadership from VA and PVA have consulted with New York City health and business officials regarding local COVID-19 restrictions.
Current projections indicate significant mandates will remain in effect regarding business/event gatherings in August, and these mandates will impact the NVWG hotels, venues and local restaurant facilities, etc. As a result, we are making the following changes to the program to support the health and safety of Veterans, volunteers, staff, stakeholders and families. Our goal was to find a compromise that will enable us to have an in-person event this summer while supporting those Veterans not wishing to travel or unable to travel.
The 40th National Veterans Wheelchair Games will host in-person competition in New York City and an at-Home competition during August 7-14, 2021. We are calling this version of the NVWG, the Hybrid.


*All previously registered athletes will need to update their registration information and event selections by April 30, 2021.


Important Dates:
April 30th – updated deadline for registration
June 15th  —updated deadline for medical forms

Below are important requirements outlining the 40th NVWG:  
  1. Veterans will attend and participate in the 2021 NVWG in New York City based on their Classification.

    Group One and Group Two will both be limited to 150 Veterans.
    Group One includes: Class 1A, 1B, 1C and those Veterans competing in Motor Rally and/or Power Soccer.

    Group Two includes: Class II, III, IV and V Veterans.

    2021 NVWGatHOME: All Veterans registered for the 2021 NVWG, including Group 1 and 2.

    New 2021 NVWG Program Schedule:
    • Aug 6: Arrival – Group One
    • Aug 7-9: Athletic Competitions
    • Aug 10: Departure for Group One
    • Aug 11: Arrival – Group Two
    • Aug 12–14: Athletic Competitions
    • Aug 15: Departure for Group Two

  2. Veterans will schedule their arrivals and departures based on the updated 2021 NVWG Program Schedule. Due to attendance and capacity limitations, Veterans will not be allowed to schedule hotel reservations within the NVWG Hotel block outside of their Group dates, and transportation will not be provided outside those Group dates.

    NOTE: Coaches may stay for the duration of the 2021 NVWG to support their Team Veterans attending each Group.

  3. NVWG transportation for arrivals and departures will be available from LaGuardia Airport and Penn Station only. Please disregard previous NVWG documents indicating Newark Airport.

  4. Venue capacity/attendance mandates and risk: Children under age 17 will not be allowed to attend events or NVWG activities.

  5. Events offerings include:
    9-Ball 9-Ball Adaptive Fitness
    Adaptive Fitness Adaptive Fitness Adaptive E-Sports
    Boccia Basketball Air Rifle
    Disc Golf Boccia Bowling
    Field Disc Golf Cycling
    Motor Rally Field Powerlifting
    Powerlifting Powerlifting Swimming
    Power Soccer Slalom Trap Shooting
    Slalom Softball  
    Table Tennis Table Tennis  
    WC Rugby    

    *The 5-Event Rule is waived for 2021. Veterans will be able to participate in each event in their group AND the 2021 NVWGatHOME Events.

  6. The 2021 NVWG registration period will be extended to April 30, 2021.
    • NVWG Medical Forms are required by June 15, 2021.
    • Complete registration must be received to participate in any part of the 2021 NVWG.

  7. The COVID-19 Mitigation Plan is being developed and subject to change:
    • COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended for all participants.
    • All Veterans, staff, coaches, etc. attending the 2021 NVWG must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days of arrival. Details will be provided at a later date.
    • 100% COVID screening will be conducted daily. Those screened positive will be isolated, tested and appropriate steps to support will be provided by the NVWG.
    • All participants (Veterans, coaches, staff, etc.) will be required to check in upon entry each time to buses, sports venues and other NVWG venues.
    • Masks will be mandatory and social distancing will be required. Further COVID precautions for athletic events will be determined prior to each event.
    • Additional requirements may be mandated and adequate notification will be provided.
    • All requirements may change as CDC guidelines and precautionary measures are updated.

  8. Next steps: If you still plan to participate in the NVWG, in-person, virtually or both, you must update your current registration information.



  9. We are excited to celebrate the 40th National Veterans Wheelchair Games with you this summer. This is a significant milestone! We look forward to working with you this summer and in the years to come. If you have questions, please email us at or

Dave Tostenrude
Director, National Veterans Wheelchair Games
Department of Veterans Affairs
Jen Purser
Senior Associate Director, Sports and Recreation
Paralyzed Veterans of America


Download 2021 NVWG Athlete Required Forms Packet
*includes Medical Form and Clearance, and Instructions

Coaches Information

VA Providers only - Use the NVWG Registration SharePoint.

Contact Kristie Goedhard: - for an quick and easy way to track and monitor your applications!

Download 2021 NVWG Coach Required Forms Packet

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us.