VA is accepting applications from Veterans interested in participating in the 2021 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. Applications are available online at www.summersportsclinic.va.gov. The deadline to submit an application is May 1, 2021. Participation is open to eligible Veterans receiving care at any VA medical facility.
The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic is a rehabilitation sports and recreation program for Veterans with disabilities, and takes place annually in San Diego, California. It’s hosted by the VA San Diego Healthcare System. This year’s clinic is scheduled for Sept. 19-24. VA hosts the clinic in collaboration with presenting sponsor, Wounded Warrior Project, the Veterans Canteen Service, as well as dozens of other partners.
“The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic exemplifies VA’s commitment to improve the quality of life for Veterans with disabilities,” said Maggie Kremer, director of the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. “The mission of this innovative program is to provide a training ground for both Veterans and health care providers in exciting outdoor summer sports. Our overall objective is to instill the rehabilitation value of leisure pursuits as a viable means to aid in community reintegration and build a strong foundation which will further Veterans’ dedication to better health and a rewarding lifestyle.”
Army Veteran Adam Greathouse is a past participant at the Clinic and said the event is one of the highlights of his rehabilitation.
“I absolutely loved the challenge and opportunity to surf. Feeling nervous and unsure – riding that wave in – what a confidence builder that was,” he said. “If any Veterans out there are thinking about going to the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, I would highly recommend you accept that challenge. I did and it helped change my life.”
VA continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will have an update on plans by late May. For more information and updates on status, visit www.summersportsclinic.va.gov and follow VA Adaptive Sports Programs on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @Sports4Vets.