VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System
National Wheelchair Games
Seventeen Cleveland VA Medical Center patients and wheelchair athletes competed in the 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games held in Richmond, VA. June 25 – 30. Cleveland athletes really showed their spirits and dedication returning with 34 gold, 15 silver and 17 bronze medals combined! Of special mention, Amy Riter received five gold medals, Holly Koester received four gold and one silver medal and Milton Young received two gold and one silver medals. We couldn’t be more proud of our Cleveland athletes!
More than 600 Veteran Athletes who receive their health care at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country competed at the event, sponsored annually by VA and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Wheelchair athletes from across the nation, Puerto Rico and Great Britain competed in the weeklong event. The Games showcased athletic events including air guns, archery, basketball, bowling, track & field, hand cycling, motorized rally, nine-ball, quad rugby, power soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, trapshooting, weightlifting and slalom.
In addition, the athletes had a chance to share their stories during several activities throughout the Games They took the opportunity to share information about the wide array of sporting opportunities available to disabled Veterans and the need for them to stay active.
The Games were co-hosted by McGuire VA Medical Center and the Virginia Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.