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Volunteer - National Veterans Wheelchair Games

NVWG Announcement

2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games Coming in July

Friday, March 1, 2019
3,000 volunteers are needed to support our Veterans at the 39th National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG).  The NVWG is the largest annual wheelchair and rehabilitation sports event in the world. More than 600 Veterans from across the United States, Puerto Rico and Great Britain are expected to compete in the Games, taking place in Louisville July 11 to July 16.
   
The NVWG is co-presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. This year, the Robley Rex VA Medical Center and the Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America are serving as host for the 39th NVWG!

Veterans will compete in 19 different wheelchair sports events that range from swimming, table tennis, power lifting, archery, air guns, basketball, boccia, nine ball, softball, quad rugby, bowling, handcycling, trapshooting, wheelchair slalom, power soccer, a motorized wheelchair rally and track and field. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience, or age.

“We’re excited to see the National Veterans Wheelchair Games take place in Louisville for the very first time – and feel honored to host them here with the Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and other community partners,” said Stephen Black, Robley Rex VA Medical Center Director.

“Adaptive sports help speed the recovery process for many severely injured Veterans while providing therapeutic value and a feeling of comradery with fellow athletes. By hosting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, we hope to introduce Veterans to the power sports can have in healing and rehabilitation,” he said.

Volunteers are needed throughout the week of the games in all event areas including registration and administration, setting up equipment at venues where the competitions are held, serving meals, monitoring buses used to transport athletes to various locations, assisting at special events including awards and other ceremonies, serving as 'Fans in the Stands,' (cheering the athletes on), and other duties. Volunteers, 14 and older, must be willing to commit to a four-six-hour shift on the days they volunteer.  Your presence will have a positive impact on the Veterans and enhance their Louisville experience!

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

To register as a volunteer visit http://wheelchairgames.org. Once on the site, look in the “Registration for the 39th NVWG is Open” section and click on “Volunteer” to sign up. 

The public is invited to attend any of the sports competitions throughout the week of the Games, and admission is free.   For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Suzanne Harrett at Suzanne.harrett@va.gov or 502-287-6896.  


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