TAMPA, Fla. – James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital has been chosen to host the 35th Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games July 10-15, 2021. The games are the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States.
Veterans from around the country will be coming to Tampa to participate in up to 23 events ranging from air rifle, air pistol and badminton, to basketball, cycling, swimming and track. There will be eight age classifications, and three divisions for ambulatory athletes, wheelchair athletes and visually impaired athletes.
The games are open to any Veteran who is at least 55 years old or older and who is eligible to receive health care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
JAHVH was selected based on a bid proposal that included supporting letters from local government and community networks, including the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. The national staff for the Golden Age Games determined that the City of Tampa offers the event venues, accommodations, volunteer infrastructure and transportation capabilities to successfully host the national VA rehabilitation event.
The 2019 Games were held in Anchorage, Alaska and included nearly 800 competitors. The 2020 Games are scheduled for June 22-27, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin.
“We are delighted to be chosen to host the 2021 National Veterans Golden Age Games,” said Joe Battle, JAHVH Director. “The selection recognizes not only the quality of care Veterans receive here, but also the commitment of the JAHVH staff and the Tampa Bay communities to our Veterans.”