VA North Texas Health Care System
2015 Wheelchair Games coming to Dallas June 21-26
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a sports and rehabilitation program for military service Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, amputations and other neurological conditions. Attracting more than 600 athletes each year (and growing), the Wheelchair Games demonstrates VA's commitment to support and promote independence and active living for Veterans with disabilities through wheelchair sports and recreation.
Dallas is the host for the June 21-26, 2015 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games with the theme, "BIG City, BIG Wheels, BIG Heart." City of Dallas, VA North Texas and Paralyzed Veterans of America joined together to make the public announcement October 7 from the Dallas Continental Bridge encouraging attendance and participation in support of the weeklong Games next summer.
Veteran Wheelchair athletes gathered with U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to share the good news, and VA North Texas Director Jeff Milligan was honored to be selected to host the 2015 Games. "Wheelchair Veteran athletes inspire the best in every one of us, not because of their disability, but because of their focus on capability and determination to excel in sports competition and surpass their expectations. Once you experience the spirit of the Wheelchair Games, you will have a different admiration and respect for wheelchair-Veteran athletes," Milligan said.
Congressman Johnson was delighted to be the key speaker at the ceremony and encouraged North Texas Veterans to bring home the gold. As a former Prisoner of War, Johnson challenged Dallas to support the Wheelchair Veteran athletes.
At the Wheelchair Games, Veterans compete in:
|Air Guns||Field Events||Slalom|
|Archery||Motor Rally||Table Tennis|
Mayor Rawlings challenged the Dallas community to support the games by volunteering during the weeklong event with over 2,400 volunteers needed to ensure a successful sporting event. Additionally, the Mayor called on the Dallas business community to open up their pocket books to ensure a fiscally sound event through various sponsorship opportunities. Information regarding volunteer and sponsorship opportunities is available at www.wheelchairgames.org
Hosting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games will bring over $4 million to local businesses. Events will be held throughout the Dallas metroplex, including Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center, Southern Methodist University, USA Bowl and McInnish Park.
The Wheelchair Games also coordinates a "Kids Day" event where local children with physical disabilities are paired with Veteran athletes and receive mentoring through a variety of sporting events.
The public is encouraged to get involved. More information about how you can participate is available at www.wheelchairgames.org