July 22, 2011

Paralyzed Veterans of America Thanks National Host Sponsors of 2011 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is proud to announce the National Host Sponsors for the 31st National Veterans Wheelchair Games, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA, August 1-6, 2011. Alcoa Foundation, Comcast, Highmark Inc., Invacare Corporation and UPS will serve as the National Host Sponsors for the world's largest annual wheelchair sports event.

"Though their generous support for the Wheelchair Games, our National Host Sponsors are changing lives and building futures for hundreds of veterans with disabilities," said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. "Adaptive sports play a crucial role in getting people back into life after serious injury, and the wheelchair games can be a life-changing experience for our athletes representing a unique combination of competition, rehabilitation and fun. We thank our National Host Sponsors for supporting this important event."

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition as a result of spinal cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments. The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Keystone Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America will host the 2011 Games.

Veterans at the Games will compete in 17 events: swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, air guns, basketball, nine ball, softball, quad rugby, bowling, handcycling, wheelchair slalom, power soccer, a motorized wheelchair rally, track and field and trapshooting. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. For more information about the 31st National Veterans Wheelchair Games, go to www.pva.org/2011Games or www.wheelchairgames.va.gov.

SOURCE Paralyzed Veterans of America