Competition at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games starts today

Post Date:July 12, 2019

39th National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair multi-sport event for military Veterans in the world

MEDIA CONTACT: Liz Deakin, lizd@pva.org

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 12, 2019) — More than 600 military Veterans from across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Great Britain are in Louisville this week to compete in the 39th National Veterans Wheelchair Games through July 16. The Wheelchair Games are co-presented each year by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA research and clinical experience verify that physical activity is important to maintaining good health, speeding recovery and improving overall quality of life. For many injured Veterans, the Wheelchair Games provide their first exposure to wheelchair athletics.

“Every year, our members look forward to this event for the adaptive sports competition and the chance to reconnect with peers,” said David Zurfluh, a disabled Air Force Veteran and national president of PVA, who himself will compete this week. “The PVA mission is to ensure Veterans with disabilities have the same life experiences as everyone else, and co-hosting this event certainly delivers on that mission.”

“This week we have veterans of all ages and abilities competing in the NVWG, from Korean War Veterans, to recently injured Veterans who will attend their first adaptive sports event of this scale,” said David Tostenrude, VA Director for the Games. “These Veterans have been through intense rehabilitation and training, and will showcase their athletic ability and competitive spirit.”

The multi-event sports competition is being held at Kentucky International Convention Center and is open to U.S. military Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological problems, and who receive care at VA medical facilities or military treatment centers.

Veterans will compete in 20 different events throughout the week, including archery, billiards, bowling, cycling, track, field, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, and more. The annual Kids Day event for local children with disabilities will take place Saturday, July 13 at noon at the Convention Center.

All events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For a complete schedule of events and additional information about the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, visit wheelchairgames.org. Follow #NVWG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.