Where Heroes Become Legends: Participation at the 31st National Veterans Wheelchair Games, sponsored by Jones Day Pittsburgh, sets all-time record
Clients National Veterans Wheelchair Games
Where Heroes Become Legends: Jones Day Pittsburgh was a sponsor of the 31st National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) held the first week of August, 2011. In addition to sponsoring the event, a total of 30 Jones Day volunteers helped out at the registration table, the basketball games, and the awards ceremony.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, an outgrowth of the Department of Veterans Affairs' historic involvement in wheelchair sports, began in 1981 in honor of the "International Year of the Disabled Person." The NVWG gradually grew into the current program, which is the largest annually occurring wheelchair sports event in the world. Many wheelchair sports had their beginnings in the aftermath of World War II, when young disabled Veterans began playing wheelchair basketball in Veterans hospitals throughout the United States. Participants can compete in a variety of events such as rugby, archery, table tennis, bowling, and basketball.
Participation in past years has ranged from 550 - to 600 veterans. This year, an all-time high of 670 veterans with physical injuries/disabilities attended, coming from all over the United States, Great Britain and Puerto Rico. The newly injured or novice Veterans benefit the most, through challenging themselves through competition, traveling for the first time since injury, and interacting with the Veterans who have competed in previous Games. The mentoring that takes place between newly injured veterans and those returning Veterans is one of the key elements of the NVWG.