National Veteran Wheelchair Games
Each year more than 500 novice and experienced athletes meet for a week of archery, swimming, weightlifting, basketball, quad rugby and more. At the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, the largest annual wheelchair sports competition of its kind in the world. Throughout the week, veterans realize their abilities and potential while enjoying the spirit of healthy activity and fellowship.
August 2018, 7 veterans from out Philadelphia area traveled to Orlando Florida to attend and compete in the National Wheelchair Games. 4 of these athletes are members of Athlete with disAbilities Network Northeast, which trains out of the Sweat Fitness Gyms, where adaptive fitness clinic are held.
Athletes competed in Boccia, bowling, pool, air rifle, archery, swimming, and cycling. Team member Jimmy Homer won a Silver medal in Paralympic Boccia ball and a Gold Medal in bowling. Ralph Jones won a Gold Medal in bowling. Greg Jack won a Gold medal in Softball, and Sonny Wimberly won a Bronze medal in Trap Shooting, Silver medal in Softball, and Bronze Medal in Hand Cycling. These outstanding athletes embody the characteristics and positive outlook we all should have after facing a life-changing event. They lead by example exemplifying that “There is no Replacement for the Competitive Spirit”
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