SAIC Sponsors 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games Company Supports Veterans Who Have Served and Sacrificed
MCLEAN, Va., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced that it is a Platinum Sponsor of the 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games scheduled for June 25-30 in Richmond, Va., at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The games are presented by Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
As the largest annual wheelchair sports competition in the world, the games offer 17 different sports to veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, amputations and neurological diseases. The games promote rehabilitation through rigorous competition in events including basketball, rugby, softball, handcycling and others. A special "Kids Day" program allows children with disabilities to meet the athletes and be introduced to wheelchair sports. While past games have produced national and world-class champions, the games also provide opportunities for newly injured veterans to gain sports skills and be exposed to other wheelchair athletes, while also promoting a spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
"SAIC is involved with Paralyzed Veterans of America to give back to the veterans who have sacrificed so much to secure the safety and freedom of our nation," said Steve Comber, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager. "These athletes live with their sacrifices each day – this event gives them an opportunity to enjoy friendly competition and demonstrate that anything is possible, if you set your mind to it."
As part of SAIC's sponsorship, the company donated $50,000 to help offset the cost of the event. Throughout the year, SAIC has pledged nearly $100,000 to support various Paralyzed Veteran fundraising activities, including their golf tournament and annual Americana Gala, and the company is also the sponsor of the games weightlifting and quad-rugby competitions.
"Without the support of sponsors like SAIC, putting on an event as large as the Wheelchair Games wouldn't be possible," said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. "We thank SAIC for their continued support of the Games and their commitment to our veteran wheelchair athletes."
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