Kids Day Empowers Children With Disabilities, Introduces Adaptive Sports

Kids Day Empowers Children With Disabilities, Introduces Adaptive Sports

TAMPA, Fla. – The 13th annual Kids Day event will take place Monday, July 15, as part of the  33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa July 13-18.  Kids Day offers children with physical disabilities from the local Tampa area an opportunity to interact with world-class wheelchair athletes competing in this year’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Under the watchful eyes of the athlete mentors, children will participate in several athletic events including T-ball, basketball and wheelchair slalom.  A special closing ceremony will follow where the athlete mentors will present the children with their own medals for participating in Kids Day.  This special event takes place at the Tampa Convention Center, East Hall, 333 Franklin Street, from 9 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 15. It is free and open to the public.   

Tampa area children with physical disabilities ages 4 to 14 years old are invited to participate, however, advance registration is required. Parents can register their child by contacting Brittany Pesak at  Brittany.Pesak@va.gov or call (706) 589-1229 or may contact Jason Labonte at Jason.Labonte@va.gov or call (727) 365-2505.  

The Games are co-presented by the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America are the 2013 local co-hosts. For a detailed schedule of Games events, visit the national website at www.wheelchairgames.va.gov.