WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) proudly announces that The UPS Foundation will serve as a Sustaining Host Sponsor for the 30th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, to be held in Denver, July 4–9. The UPS Foundation, based in Atlanta, has been a supporter of the Games since 1986. During that time, more than 4,000 UPS employees have contributed their time to assist the athletes during the Games.
"UPS has been honored to support the National Veteran Wheelchair Games for the last 24 years," said Ken Sternad, president of the UPS Foundation. "From volunteering to coordinating the transportation of equipment, UPS employees have committed their time and energy to honor the service of these courageous veterans."
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented by Paralyzed Veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments. The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System and the Mountain States Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America are hosting the 2010 Games.
Veterans at the Games will compete in 17 events, including swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, air guns, basketball, nine ball, softball, quad rugby, bowling, handcycling, wheelchair slalom, power soccer, a motorized wheelchair rally, track and field and trapshooting. Kayaking will be an exhibition event this year. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. For more information about the Games, go to www.pva.org/2010Games.
Sixty-four years ago, Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a band of spinal cord injured service members who returned home from World War II to a grateful nation, but also to a world with few solutions to the challenges they faced. These veterans from the "Greatest Generation" made a decision not just to live, but to live with dignity as contributors to society. They created an organization dedicated to veterans service, medical research and civil rights for people with disabilities. And for more than six decades, Paralyzed Veterans of America and its 34 chapters have been working to create an America where all veterans, and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need to thrive. (www.pva.org)
About The UPS Foundation
Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation's major initiatives include programs that support community safety, non-profit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, environmental sustainability and diversity. The UPS Foundation pursues these initiatives by identifying specific projects where its support can help produce a measurable social impact. In 2009, UPS's charitable contributions totaled nearly $100 million and UPSers and their families contributed more than 1.2 million hours of volunteer service. Visit community.ups.com for more information about UPS's community involvement.
SOURCE Paralyzed Veterans of America