Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is proud to announce that the Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) will serve as a Platinum Sponsor for the upcoming 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games, being held in Tampa, Fl., July 13–18.
“Without the support of sponsors like the VA’s Veterans Canteen Service, putting on an event as large as the Wheelchair Games wouldn’t be possible,” said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We thank VCS for its continued support of the Games and its commitment to our veteran wheelchair athletes.”
This year marks the 13th year that Veterans Canteen Service will sponsor the National Veterans Wheelchair Games—the largest annual multi-sport wheelchair event in the world.
“VA’s Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) is honored to be a Platinum Sponsor for the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games,” said Marilyn Iverson, Director Veterans Canteen Service. “We are extremely proud to participate in an event committed to enhancing the quality of life for our Veterans. The Games demonstrate the true spirit of an athlete’s determination, skill, courage, passion and drive for excellence that reflect their competitive drive and mission.”
With 180 locations throughout VA Medical Centers across the United States, VCS operates modernized retail stores, cafés and vending programs. VCS considers their motto “Proud to Serve American Heroes Every Day” as the impetus for providing quality service and exceptional value within a warm and friendly environment.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs (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. The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America and James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital will host the 2013 Games.
Veterans at the Wheelchair Games will compete in 18 events: air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, field, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting. This year’s Wheelchair Games will also feature exhibitions of water-skiing and tennis. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. For more information about the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games, go to www.wheelchairgames.pva.org or www.wheelchairgames.va.gov.
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s—from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than 66 years, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities.