WASHINGTON--July 10, 2013: Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) proudly announces that Toyota Motor Sales USA and Southeast Toyota Distributors will serve as a Sustaining Host Sponsor, as well as the Official Vehicle Sponsor, for the upcoming 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games, being held in Tampa, Fl., July 13â€“18. Toyota and their Tampa area Toyota dealers, are also providing vehicles for Games officials to drive throughout the week of Games.
“Toyota and our Tampa area dealers are proud to be supporting the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games as Toyota remains committed to supporting these veteran wheelchair athletes”
"Without the support of sponsors like Toyota, 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 Toyota and the Tampa area Toyota dealers for their support of the Games and commitment to our veteran wheelchair athletes."
This year marks the seventh year that Toyota will sponsor the National Veterans Wheelchair Games--the largest annual multi-sport wheelchair event in the world.
"Toyota and our Tampa area dealers are proud to be supporting the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games as Toyota remains committed to supporting these veteran wheelchair athletes", said Mark Oldenburg of Toyota Motor Sales.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 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 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital will host the 2013 Games.
Veterans at the Wheelchair Games will compete in 18 events: air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, field, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting. This year's Wheelchair Games will also feature exhibitions of water-skiing and tennis. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. For more information about the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games, go to Wheelchair Games or National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the "Greatest Generation" of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s--from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than 66 years, Paralyzed Veterans' national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities.