More than 600 disabled veterans from across the United States, Puerto Rico and Great Britain will compete in one of the largest annual wheelchair sports events in the world, the 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, July 30th - August 4th in the Orlando area.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are co-presented between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America. This multi-event sports and rehabilitation program is for military service Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or other neurological disorders. It presents disabled veterans an opportunity to improve function, independence and gets them active in their communities through sports and fitness. The Orlando VA Medical Center and the Central Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America are hosting this year's event.
The Wheelchair Games includes 20 events: air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, field, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting, golf, weightlifting, and a team relay.
On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, The National Training Center will host the Team Relay Event from 6pm to 8pm which includes a freestyle swim, bench press competition, 5K and a 200m race. Clermont's geography and the NTC's facility provide an excellent resource for the 20 competing teams.
All events are free and open to the public. To learn more about the NTC and the different resources offered, visit www.usantc.com. Additional information about the 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games can be found at www.wheelchairgames.org.
About the National Training Center:
The National Training Center (NTC), which is owned and operated by South Lake Hospital, is a state-of-the-art sports complex that includes athletic fields, 70-meter x 25-yard aquatic center, 400-meter outdoor track and field complex and cross country course, 37,000 square foot Fitness Center, human performance lab, performance and coaching and South Lake Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation. The NTC is a warm weather training site for thousands of national and international high school, collegiate, post-collegiate and professional athletes in a variety of sports including track and field, soccer, softball, lacrosse, triathlon and swimming. It also offers a wide variety of adult and youth fitness and sports programming for the local community. For more information on the NTC, please visit usantc.com or call 352.241.7144.
About South Lake Hospital:
South Lake Hospital, in affiliation with Orlando Health, is a non-profit, 170-bed hospital in Clermont, Fla. The hospital's 180-acre health, education and wellness campus includes the inpatient hospital, The PUR Clinic - Personalized Urology Robotics, Centre for Women's Health, SkyTop View Rehabilitation Center, National Training Center, South Lake Endoscopy Center, South Lake Surgery Center, South Lake Home Health and South Lake Wound Care Center. South Lake Hospital has been serving the healthcare needs of the south Lake County community since 1947 and employs nearly 1,500 team members and has over 300 physicians on its medical staff. For more information please visit SouthLakeHospital.com.