National Veteran Wheelchair Games

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Who attends: Veterans athletes across the United States are invited to compete in 18 wheelchair sports events.

What is accomplished: This annual event empowers Veterans to be active physically and socially. They grow emotionally through this experience which is effective throughout their lives.

Why support them: Your donation provides a life changing experience. The cost per athlete is about $2700, which includes travel, accommodations and caregiver support. You can designate your donation to promote this cause.

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2017 NVWG Report

 It was a pleasure to attend the 37th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) in Cincinnati Ohio from July 16 to July 22. Thank you to the chapter members and the members of the Board of Directors of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, WI Chapter, Inc. for their support of me and the entire WI Team. Your efforts and generosity made it possible for me to attend for the 12th consecutive year.

This was a particularly meaningful opportunity as I was beginning the process of healing from an injured shoulder. Although I did not have the strength and stamina I would have liked, I was able to complete in 4 of the 5 events for which I had registered. It was great fun and left me with a much-needed feeling of accomplishment. Once again the highlight of the week was watching and encouraging the individuals participating for the 1st time. Seeing recently injured veterans participating at a level they never anticipated and watching them succeed is always a joy. Equally impressive is the true spirit of competition that exists at the games. Athletes stepping up and helping competitors to give them the best opportunity to perform is a site seldom seen in highly competitive circles. And yet, it is commonplace at the NVWG.

I feel blessed and very grateful for the opportunity to attend. Thank you!

Ken Matthews