38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games Kick Off MONDAY in Orlando

More than 650 Disabled Military Veterans Expected to Compete

Orlando, Fla. – Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Brett Favre will help kick off the 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, July 30. Competition runs through August 4.  More than 650 military Veterans who are wheelchair athletes from the U.S., Great Britain and Puerto Rico are expected to compete in 19 medal-awarding athletic events and two exhibition events. Competitions will take place at venues across the city. This year marks the third time the NVWG has been held in Florida; Miami hosted in 1991 and Tampa in 2013.

During the special kickoff event, sponsored by USAA, Veterans who are competing in the games will demonstrate their skills in an adaptive basketball exhibition that includes the following sports celebrities: Pro-Billiards Player Charlie Williams; Retired NFL Player & College of Central Florida standout Clinton Hart; Retired New York Giants Wide Receiver Ron Dixon; 2X NFL Pro Bowler and Miami Hurricane Brandon Meriweather; NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace; Sportscaster and former NFL & NBA cheerleader Bonnie-Jill Laflin; Retired Pro Boxer & Iraq War Veteran Mark Lanton; 1983 World Champion Philadelphia 76ers player Clemon Johnson; and 13-year NBA veteran and retired Orlando Magic Player Nick Anderson.

WHAT:                       One-hour event that officially kicks off the Wheelchair Games

WHEN:                      Monday, July 30, 2018 – Noon

WHERE:                    Orange County Convention Center West Concourse Exhibit Hall D

VISUALS:                 Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition follows presentations by dignitaries

AVAILABLE:            Interviews with athletes, coaches, dignitaries (12:45-1:15 p.m.)

                                    *Brett Favre available from 12:45-1 p.m. for interviews

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are co-presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). The Orlando VA Medical Center and the Central Florida Chapter of the PVA are hosting the 2018 event locally.

Media interested in covering this event may contact Orlando VA Medical Center Public Affairs Officer Heather Frebe at (407) 631-4436 or email her at Heather.Frebe@va.gov.