National Veterans Wheelchair Games Annual 'Kids Day' Event Introduces Adaptive Sports to Local Children with Disabilities

Jun 27, 2012, 07:05 ET from Paralyzed Veterans of America

Kids Day at the Games – Wednesday, June 27, 9 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Each year during the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (Wheelchair Games), a special day is set aside to introduce children with disabilities to the world of adaptive sports. This year's Kids Day will offer children with physical disabilities from the local Richmond area an opportunity to interact with athletes who are competing in the 32nd Wheelchair Games. Under the guidance of these experienced athlete mentors, the children will get an opportunity to participate in three adaptive sports activities: softball, basketball and wheelchair slalom.

"Kids Day is the highlight of my week, and I wouldn't miss it for the world," says Joey Avellone, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Paralyzed Veterans' member and one of this year's Kids Day mentors. "In addition to showing the kids what adaptive sports are all about, I want to tell the kids about the importance of an education and that they can become anything they want using their brain—that a good education can overcome any physical disability."

The 12th annual Kids Day event will take place today, Wednesday, June 27, at 9 a.m. at the Diamond Lot at Sports Backers stadium. The event is free and open to the public to attend. (Child participants have already been pre-registered for event.) All others are encouraged to come out and cheer on this year's Kids Day athletes.

The annual event is sponsored by HP, which has been a proud supporter of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games for 14 years and the Host Sponsor of Kids Day for 12 years.

"Kids Day has proven over the years to be a highlight of the Wheelchair Games, not only for the children participating but for their parents, volunteers and the veterans there to mentor them," said Tom Hempfield, vice president, U.S. Federal Business Organization, HP. "In addition to serving as a sponsor for the games, we also encourage our employees to attend Kids Day to see for themselves how great an experience this is for the kids. The event really encourages these kids and shows them that with a positive attitude and support from the community they can achieve anything."

Kids Day promotes a fun and active everyday lifestyle to children with disabilities while engendering important life skills, such as teamwork and determination. Each child will be presented a medal for participating in this year's Kids Day event.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are presented annually by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans, and are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition as a result of spinal cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments. The Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center and Mid-Atlantic Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America are hosting this year's Games. For more information, visit

SOURCE Paralyzed Veterans of America