TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay has been selected by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) to host the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games in 2013. Taking place from July 13-18, 2013, more than 500 Veterans with disabilities will meet in Tampa to compete in the largest annual wheelchair sporting event in the World.
During the event, veterans will compete in 17 competitive events, including air guns, archery, basketball, bowling, field, handcycling, motorized wheelchair rally, nineball, power soccer, quad rugby, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting, weightlifting, and wheelchair slalom.
The 2013 event will mark the 33rd year in the history of the Games, and only the second time it will have been held in Florida (Miami, 1991). The Tampa Convention Center and St. Pete Times Forum will serve as the main venues for the 33rd annual event, with other local venues hosting ancillary events, including bowling, swimming, track, field, motorized rally, trapshooting and archery.
The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, along with the Florida Gulf Coast and Central Florida Chapters of Paralyzed Veterans of America are partners in hosting the 2013 event.
Wheelchair sports promote rehabilitation and wellness through rigorous sports competition. For many newly injured Veterans, this event is their first exposure to wheelchair sports. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games offer such veterans an opportunity to meet and learn from the more experienced wheelchair athletes, including those currently competing at the elite level.
The Tampa Bay Sports Commission works closely with Tampa Bay & Company and the community to attract, promote and organize major amateur sporting events, as well as grassroots youth sports programs that foster the ongoing development and quality of life for the entire Tampa Bay area.
Check out videos of the 2011 National Veteran’s Wheelchair Games that were held in Pittsburgh, PA for a preview of what is to come: