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Five Wheelchair Events You Won’t Want to Miss


If tennis, track, softball, golf or archery are sports that catch your ear, then you’re sure to find something of interest this year in these upcoming wheelchair sporting events. Here are a few events you can mark in your calendar.

1. SpoFit Paratriathlon Clinic

On August 9th – 10th, the SpoFit Paratriathlon Clinic will be held at Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

If you’d like to experience what it takes to become a paratriathlon, then mark your calendar for Saturday, August 9th and Sunday, August 10th. The USA Paratriathlon Overview & Breakfast will start at 9:00am and bike fitting and skills training will start at 1:00pm. Participants will have an opportunity to train in cycling, swimming and wheelchair racing. The SpoFit Paratriathlon Clinic gives individuals a chance to not only develop their skills, but a chance to show them off and prove their elite athleticism.

All athletes participating are allowed a guide to do the competition with. This may include a friend, family member or volunteer.

To register for this event go to www.spofit.org/events/paratriathlon-clinic-august-9-10/, or contact Kelsey Bocken at kelseyb@abil.org

 

2. 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games

August 12th – 17th the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) will be hosting the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Philadelphia, PA.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a sports program designed for military service veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries or amputations.

PVA games photo album 2012

In this year’s 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, you can expect to see competition in the following categories; air guns, archery, basketball, bowling, field events, hand cycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine-ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting.

To get involved, contact: PVA Sports at 800-424-8200. Or, visit their website at www.pva.org.

3. 2014 Wheelchair Softball World Series

On August 14th – 16th Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute will host the 2014 Wheelchair Softball World Series in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The 2014 Wheelchair Softball World Series will be held on the newly constructed Todd Anderson Field in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. This field will also be used for the championships, ensuring an outstanding tournament and experience for the players and fans. This three day event will feature wheelchair softball teams from around the world. You won’t want to miss a minute.

For more information, contact Bruce Froendt at 402-305-5020. For sponsorship opportunities contact Kari Erickson at 612-775-2583 or kari.erickson@allina.com.

4. National Veterans Games Tee Tournament

September 8th – 11th the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Iowa VA Medical Center will host the 2014 National Veterans Games Tee Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa.

The TEE Tournament is available for legally blind and eligible disabled Veterans to participate in, giving an opportunity to develop new skills in golf and bowling events. Not only will one be able to develop their skills in the presented categories, but they also will develop an even deeper confidence.

Participants of the National Veterans Games Tee Tournament will take part in a variety of events including the TEE Golf Tournament, kayacking, horseback riding, and other adaptive sports workshops.

For more information or to get involved, go to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website at http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/tee/index.asp, or contact Susan Varcie by e-mail at susan.varcie@va.gov.

5. National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic

September 14th – 19th the VA San Diego Healthcare System will host the 2014 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego, California.

This summer sports clinic will offer activities to newly injured individuals which will include sailing, surfing, track and field events, kayaking and cycling.

This photo was submitted as part of our 2014 Get Out Enjoy Life photo contest!

This photo was submitted as part of our 2014 Get Out Enjoy Life photo contest!

 

With the variety of water and summer sports available at the Clinic, this week-long event will host Veterans from around the country who have a variety of injuries, ranging from traumatic brain injury to spinal cord injury or loss of limb. All eligible participants are welcome.

For additional information or to request an application, go to www.va.gov/opa/speceven/ssc/, or contact Event Director Tristan Heaton at (858) 642-6426.

 

 

 

 

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