Veterans

February 6, 2013

Valor Games quadruple opportunities for disabled vets, wounded warriors

valor-games1The Valor Games Midwest, an adaptive sports competition for military veterans and service members with physical disabilities, have been expanded this year into the Southeast, Southwest and Northwest.

Established in 2011 by World Sport Chicago in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Paralympics to provide a venue for wounded warriors and disabled Veterans in Chicago, the 2013 Valor Games Series also will be staged in Durham, N.C., San Antonio and San Jose, Calif.

“We’re proud to expand this great event for veterans that World Sport Chicago has made so popular,” said Chris Nowak, director of the VA office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events. “By offering the competition at targeted regions across the country, we’re not only making it easier for veterans to participate but also more cost-effective.”

The athletes may be active-duty military or veterans from any era. Their disabilities may include: amputation, post-traumatic stress disorder, spinal cord injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injuries or visual disabilities. Anyone with a disability rating from the Veterans Administration is eligible to participate.

“Along with Veterans Affairs and U.S. Paralympics, we are committed to offering more adaptive sports opportunities for veterans and feel the Valor Games events are a great jump start for these individuals to start living healthier, more active lifestyles in their own communities,” said Scott Myer, the executive director of World Sport Chicago.

The 2013 Valor Games Southeast, scheduled for May 21-23 in the Raleigh-Durham area, will feature archery, air-rifle shooting, cycling, powerlifting, indoor rowing, volleyball, shot put, table tennis, and more. The venues include the Dean E. Smith Center on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke University in Durham, and Centennial Parkway and Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh.

The Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association and Paralympic Sport Clubs of Menlo Park, Sacramento and Silicon Valley, will help play host to the 2013 Valor Games Far West, scheduled for mid-June in San Jose, for veterans and wounded warriors in the San Francisco Bay area. Archery, cycling, shot put, discus and powerlifting will be offered there.

The 2013 Valor Games Southwest in San Antonio, scheduled for Sept. 24-26, will feature five Paralympic sports: archery, cycling, kayaking, powerlifting and air-gun shooting. The Alamo City venues will be Mission Conception Sports Park, SeaWorld San Antonio and the North East ISD Indoor Shooting Range.

valor-games2

Grant funding for this program was awarded by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, through funding provided by Veterans Affairs. The grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympics sport programming for disabled veterans and disabled members of the armed forces.

The Valor Games are not affiliated with the Warrior Games, another mini-Paralympics for wounded service members contested annually in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 2013 Warrior Games are scheduled for May 11 through 17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy. More than 200 disabled athletes are expected to compete in archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, swimming, and track and field.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines April 14, 2014

Business: U.S. Navy looks to leverage submarine work to keep costs down - The U.S. Navy hopes to save money and time by leveraging industry investments as it replaces its Ohio-class nuclear-armed submarines with the Virginia-class attack submarines now built by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.  Study raises red flags on California aerospace...
 
 

News Briefs April 14, 2014

U.S. Navy destroyer Zumwalt christened in Maine The U.S. Navy has christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a 610-foot (186-meter)-long warship with advanced technologies and a stealthy design that will reduce its visibility on enemy radars. The warship bears the name of the late Adm. Elmo ìBudî Zumwalt, who became the...
 
 
Navy photograph by Seamn Edward Guttierrez III

Russian aircraft flies near U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea

Navy photograph by Seamn Edward Guttierrez III Sailors man the rails as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Feb. 11, 2014. Donald Cook is the first of four Arle...
 

 

45th Space Wing launches NRO Satellite on board Atlas V

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 1:45 p.m. April 10 carrying a classified national security payload. The payload was designed and built by the National Reconnaissance Office. “I am proud of the persistence and focus of the...
 
 

U.S. Air Force selects Cubic for Moroccan P5 air combat training system

Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation announced April 11 it has been awarded a contract valued at more than $5 million from the U.S. Air Force to supply its P5 Combat Training System to the Moroccan Air Force. Morocco will join the United States Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, along with a...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

Lockheed Martin photograph Engineers in the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, perform avionics testing on the Orion spacecraft being prepared for its first trip to space later this ye...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>