The National Veterans Wheelchair Games action kicked off at noon today in Orlando, Florida with an exciting adaptive basketball exhibition match between competitors and celebrity guest players.

For those who want to tune into the action LIVE, below is the video streaming schedule and links for events taking place this week including the excitement and the Games Opening Ceremonies along with the parade of athletes beginning at 6 p.m.

Monday, July 30, Day 1 events (Games Kick-off, 12 noon; Opening Ceremonies, 6 p.m.):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_wzCC0KsY0zP4BOxzdYz5UH0bzkgRgDE

Tuesday, July 31, Day 2 events (Quad Rugby 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Basketball 6:30 & 8:00 p.m.):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_wzCC0KsY0xs8XN90pKNLZp9M7WGB_hX

Wednesday, August 1, Day 3 events (Softball 1:30, 3:30, 6:30, & 8:00 p.m.):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_wzCC0KsY0xt8HbugcHWEQ3AG6efvufD

Thursday, August 2, Day 4 events (Slalom, 3 p.m.; Quad Rugby 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.-Bronze medal match):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_wzCC0KsY0xxnBVPbwTtwbYP8YSWnKm7

Friday, August 3, Day 5 (Powerlifting/Quad Weightlifting 1 p.m.; Swimming 1 p.m.; Softball 8 p.m.-Championship/Gold medal match):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_wzCC0KsY0yl3uSGpjTDmptAeRW-k9Ck

Saturday, August 4, Day 6 (Super G 9:30 a.m.; Quad Rugby Championship 1 p.m.; Basketball Championship):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_wzCC0KsY0xyNKjL6gCDGuVsTcXCJmL_

About the Games

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is co-presented by VA and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). The games serve Veterans with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, amputations and other central neurological impairments with the goal to increase their independence, healthy activity and quality of life through wheelchair sports and recreation.

Veterans are exposed to wheelchair sports at their home VA medical center or PVA Chapters as part of their rehabilitation to improve function, independence and getting them active in their home communities in sport and fitness.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games has 19 different events that Veterans can choose to participate. Events such as wheelchair basketball, softball, swimming, cycling, power lifting and trap shooting are just a few of the events that support this dynamic competition.

A brigade of more than 3,000 local volunteers donate their time and assist with all aspects of the games, supporting specific events and engaging with the Veterans. Hundreds of VA therapists, physicians, nurses, and PVA chapter staff from across the country contribute their time, expertise, and passion to work with each Veteran, to ensure they are prepared and get the most out of the experience.

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